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The Verizon Pioneers--a community outreach group made up of current and former Verizon employees and tehir families--will once again host a dessert party for patients and staff of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital at 16th&Race Streets on July 28. The dessert party will take place on the hospital's sixth floor rooftop, amongst the Philadelphia skyline.   The dessert party, which has been held for several years, was the brainchild of Magee’s former horticultural therapist, the late Linda Ciccantelli who reached out to the Verizon Pioneers in order to help find a way to get patients together and socializing.   "Some of our themed parties at Magee have been Mardi Gras,  Fall Harvest night, Beach party, Valentine’s and a Phillies night that included Phillies giveaways for every patient and grilled hot dogs out on the roof," said Jody Ryan of the Verizon Pioneers. "We‘ve even hosted pumpkin painting, haunted greenhouses and plant nights. Because our efforts are so well appreciated by the patients and their families, Magee has become one of our group's favorite projects.  We hope to continue this project."   Donations for the party are made by the volunteers, coworkers, friends and family of the Verizon Pioneers.   

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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