Penn Thyroid Center receives major grant from Chester County Community Foundation

June 13, 2008

Penn Thyroid Center receives major grant from Chester County Community Foundation

The Chester County Community Foundation Inc., West Chester, a nonprofit organization, has announced a major grant to support the new Penn Thyroid Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.The six-figure grant was made at the request of the Patricia C. and John Celii Jr. Medical Research Fund, which is administered by the Chester County Community Foundation.

The contribution will provide funding for the Penn Thyroid Center, which, in conjunction with Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, will provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for thyroid cancer, including surgery and external beam radiation, as well as long-term follow-up. The grant will also be used under the direction of Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH, to initiate clinical research projects for the benefit of patients with thyroid nodules and cancer.

The center’s interdisciplinary structure will be unique not only in the Delaware Valley, but in the United States, as well. Integrated with Penn’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and the Abramson Cancer Center, the new Penn Thyroid Center will coordinate research and provide partnership.

Over 12 million Americans have thyroid nodules that require medical evaluation. Last year, over 33,000 Americans were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which afflicts women at a rate three times that of men.

Founded in 1994 and located in downtown West Chester, the Chester County Community Foundation works with people and organizations to build charitable funds and to distribute the funds to meet charitable needs now and into the future. For more information about the foundation, readers may visit, e-mail, or call (610) 696-8211.

Penn Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. For more information regarding the University of Pennsylvania Health System, readers may call Olivia Ferman at (215) 349-5653.