LANSDOWNE – Joined by dozens of community, business and government leaders, Penn State President Eric Barron and Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Marilyn Wells presided over a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony March 18 to mark the opening of the Brandywine LaunchBox, an innovation space that provides free resources to entrepreneurs and innovators.
The Brandywine LaunchBox is located at 18 N. Lansdowne Ave. in the newly renovated Utility Works MakerSpace, which is a project of Lansdowne Economic Development Corp. Penn State Brandywine and the LEDC have worked together for several years on projects aimed at supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses. .
“We have looked forward to this day — a day that symbolizes Penn State Brandywine’s commitment to our local community and Penn State’s land grant mission of teaching, research and service,” Wells said. “In fact, our recently adopted five-year strategic plan includes goals specifically focused on growing our economic and community partnerships and expanding our workforce and innovation efforts.”
Barron explained that each Innovation Center is unique, shaped by the distinctive needs of the campus and surrounding community, but with a common mission to inspire and advance innovation and entrepreneurship.
“We’ve seen what’s possible when you bring ambitious people together in a dedicated space,” Barron said. “The results change the way students think about solving real-world problems, meeting community needs, and contributing to the region’s prosperity and growth. We look forward to doing even more for this area through partnerships and strategic investments that build on existing relationships with community leaders.
Meaghan Daly, a Penn State graduate who attended Brandywine, shared her experience of starting her own fashion business while still a student. In 2017, Daly received a mini-grant for entrepreneurship through the Invent Penn State program. The grant allowed him to focus on his business, buy supplies and market his products.
“Without the support of Penn State Brandywine and Invent Penn State, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she said. “I would not have had the opportunity to grow my business so quickly and, above all, to take risks.”
Other speakers at the event were Steve D’Ettorre, assistant secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; state Sen. Tim Kearney D-26 of Swarthmore; State Representative Gina Curry, D-164 of Upper Darby; Delaware County Council President Monica Taylor; and Lansdowne Mayor Magda Byrne and Council President Benjamin Hover.
“This space is certainly impressive and will be a wonderful facility for classes, collaboration and creativity,” Wells remarked. “But the impact of the Brandywine LaunchBox goes beyond these walls. For local entrepreneurs and small businesses, this LaunchBox opens the door to a wide range of services and support from Penn State Brandywine students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as the vast resources of Invent Penn State.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Wells announced that with support from Invent Penn State and contributing partners, Penn State Brandywine would award $25,000 to the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation to renovate and equip a sound laboratory to be located in the building. The sound lab will provide a modern recording space with professional equipment and sound quality for podcasts and other recording and production projects.
The Invent Penn State initiative was launched in 2015 by Barron and aims to spur job creation, economic development and career success for students by connecting budding entrepreneurs with those who can help put their ideas on the map. the market.
The Utility Works MakerSpace provides specialized equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, large format and vinyl printers, as well as coworking and meeting spaces. For more information on Penn State Brandywine, visit https://www.brandywine.psu.edu.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrates a mass in honor of people with disabilities
The Archdiocese’s annual Mass honoring the donations of people with disabilities, the deaf community, their families and carers, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at the SS Cathedral Basilica. Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Phila. Archbishop Nelson Perez will be the main celebrant and preacher. A reception will immediately follow the mass.
To confirm your attendance, visit https://www.jotform.com/220314741616145.
Vendors can register now for the RTM Optimist Club Flea Market at Delco Community College
The Rose Tree Media Optimist Foundation will now operate the former Town Talk flea markets, as well as the food stand, at Delaware County Community College. The first flea market of the season will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Proceeds from the flea markets will be donated to the Optimist Club’s youth programs and youth recognition awards.
In addition to the April 10 flea market, their other flea market dates are May 22, August 28, and October 2.
For a space application or for more details, email [email protected] or call 610-745-0104.
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital appoints new chief medical officer
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital announced the appointment of Henry Kurban, MD, as Chief Medical Officer, effective April 4. Kurban succeeds Jeffry Komins, MD, who served as interim chief medical officer at Mercy Fitzgerald since March 2021.
“Dr. Kurban’s uncompromising commitment to population health, quality assurance and health equity makes him an ideal candidate for Mercy Fitzgerald,” said Chris Cullom, hospital president. Mercy Fitzgerald.
“I couldn’t be more confident in handing over the reins to Dr. Kurban as the new Chief Medical Officer,” Komins added. “He has dedicated his entire career to the values and causes that underpin Mercy Fitzgerald’s mission – to serve as a compassionate and transformative healing presence within our communities.”
Kurban comes to Mercy Fitzgerald from West Virginia University Medicine, in Martinsburg, W.Va. He served as vice president, vice dean of clinical affairs, and chief medical officer for WVU Medicine East Campus, which consists of a two-tier system hospitals and a multi-specialty medical group of 125 providers and as associate chief medical officer of the WVU Medicine medical group of over 1,000 providers. At WVU Medicine, Dr. Kurban oversaw clinical operations, recruitment and retention of physicians and advanced practice clinicians, and clinical quality and informatics.
Prior to his time at WVU Medicine, Kurban served as Medical Director of Performance Improvement and Associate Director of Medical Information at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. His experience also includes a variety of medical leadership positions in health departments across States and counties in the United States and Canada.
Kurban earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and immunology from the Faculty of Science at McGill University in Montreal, before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario School of Medicine in London, Ontario. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from McGill University’s School of Management as well as a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. He is also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program and is board certified and a graduate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Kurban is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
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