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Pat Croce to Attend Magee Rehabilitation Holiday Party for Patients

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital will again brighten the season for its patients and their families with a festive Holiday Party. The Holiday Party for Patients, a long-held tradition at Magee, will take place on Sunday, December 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hospital, located at 16th and Races Streets in center-city Philadelphia.

Festivities will feature all the sights, sounds and merriment of the season. There will be catered foods, holiday treats, a visit by Philadelphia favorite Pat Croce - and of course, a visit from Santa who will arrive with gifts and giveaways for patients and their guests.

This will be the 11th consecutive year that the party is sponsored by Mark Chilutti and his family. Chilutti, the Hospital's Assistant Vice President of Major Gifts, was a patient at Magee during the holiday season of 1996.

He had been shot in December 1996, by robbers of a jewelry store he owned, and was left a paraplegic, making his hospital stay during the holidays especially challenging. Since then, he and his family have had a special empathy with patients in the same circumstances.

"Being in a hospital during the holidays is very difficult and challenging," Chilutti said. "At Magee, there are usually about 90 patients, working to regain their independence, often after a life-changing illness or injury. We want to make certain all the patients and their families have cards and gifts to open, and to have a special party of their own as they celebrate the season together."

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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