Philadelphia Zoo’s “Zoo on Wheels” program and Zoo CEO Vikram Dewan
visited the young patients on Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Pediatric Unit on
February 21 as part of a special presentation in remembrance of the late
Sue Syrek, MD, a friend of the Zoo and beloved Bryn Mawr Hospital
physician. On hand for the ceremony were Dr. Syrek’s daughter, Amy S.
Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer of the Zoo. Other family members in
attendance were Dr. Syrek’s husband, Rich, as well as her son and
daughter-in-law, Rich and Kristy Syrek.
Dr. Syrek was first female Emergency Department physician at Bryn Mawr
Hospital. She earned her M.D. at Thomas Jefferson University and
completed her internship and residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where she
served on the medical staff from 1969 to 1988.
his remarks to the assembled guests and hospital personnel, Mr. Dewan
related how Kelly Ann Zazyczny, RN, Patient Care Manager of the
Pediatric Unit, approached the Philadelphia Zoo in the summer of 2010
requesting a donation of prints to be displayed in the corridor of the
Pediatric Unit. In her request, Kelly Ann explained that the young
patients are encouraged to ambulate to promote recovery. Toward that
end, she hoped to transform the hallway on 2C into “a stroll through the
zoo” because animals are so appealing to children. Recognizing the
opportunity to forge a unique partnership, Mr. Dewan secured funding
from a mutual donor of the Zoo and Bryn Mawr Hospital. The donor asked
to remain anonymous.
to the donor’s generosity and the enthusiastic cooperation of the
Philadelphia Zoo, the walls of the 2C corridor are now adorned with
spectacular prints of majestic zoo animals and a plaque dedicated to Sue
Syrek, M.D. reminding patients, staff and visitors that “true joy is
viewing the world around (us) and marveling in its splendor.”
Following formal remarks, young patients delighted in a special visit
from the Zoo on Wheels, a popular outreach program featuring an
interactive and educational experience with live animals.
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