PPH celebrates resident nurses - Margaret Simon - Philadelphia Protestant Home
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PPH celebrates resident nurses – Margaret Simon

Posted on: May 06, 2022

Margaret Simon, class of 1953 at St. Mary’s School of Nursing.

Margaret Simon

PPH resident Margaret Simon received her Registered Nurse (RN) certification in 1953 from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

She went on to work at St. Mary’s, Jeanes Hospital and spent 18 years at the American Oncologic Hospital (AOH) now known as Fox Chase Cancer Center. Margaret would have never imagined becoming a nurse when she was younger, however a job at St. Mary’s changed her mind. She worked in the supply area and was inspired by one of the Franciscan nuns, who was a nurse. She then decided that nursing was her calling.

When asked what she enjoyed about her nursing career she shared, “…to make people feel better and get through life.” This was especially important as Margaret spent the bulk of her career helping cancer patients. Margaret also shared advice for those in the nursing profession now and those interested in pursing a nursing career. “No matter what is happening in your personal life, leave it at the door. It’s all about the patient.”

Thank you Margaret!

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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