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    MARCH 17, 2005
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Polett recognized for rehabbing health system

Dan Polett, a longtime member and former chairman of the board overseeing Temple’s hospital and health system who also is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, has received the 2005 Trustee of the Year Award from Modern Healthcare magazine, in recognition of his leadership to reverse the direction of Temple’s health system.

When Polett joined the new Temple University Hospital Board of Governors as a founding member more than 20 years ago, he came to a standalone hospital that was in serious trouble.

Located in one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods, with more than 50 percent of its patients being impoverished, Temple was deeply in debt and had no credit rating, no access to public financing absent federal loan guarantees and stagnant admissions. The hospital could claim consistency in only one area — negative operating margins.

Today, thanks in no small part to the behind-the-scenes leadership and guidance of Polett, that single hospital has grown into a healthy five-hospital health system striving toward two goals that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago — to be the premier health system and the employer of choice in the Philadelphia region.

Center for Gifted Young Musicians recognizes award winners

They are indeed gifted young musicians. Violinists Robyn Bollinger, 13, and Bryan Lee, 16, students in Temple Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, have both won the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition.

Winners of the prestigious Greenfield Competition, which is held annually, appear as soloists with the orchestra during the 2005–06 season. And even though she is just 13, for Bollinger, it will be a return engagement: She actually made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in April 2004 after winning the Children’s Division of the Greenfield Competition in 2003.

“Although Music Prep has had many winners in the past, this is an unprecedented honor to have two students win, particularly in this most competitive division,” Temple Music Prep director Mark Huxsoll said. “We are very proud of both of these wonderful young musicians and of the programming Music Prep is providing them in support of high achievement.”

Bollinger and Lee are both recipients of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship at Temple Music Prep, where they also share duties as co-concertmasters of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Luis Biava.

At Temple’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, Bollinger, who began Suzuki lessons at age 4, currently studies with Kimberly Fisher, who is principal second violin in the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lee, who was 7 when he began studying violin with Julian Meyer at Temple Music Prep, studies with concert violinist Soovin Kim and Choong-Jin Chang, the Orchestra’s associate principal viola.

Bollinger and Lee were not only the youngest of this year’s Greenfield Competition winners, but also were the only two winners in the Junior Division (13- to 16-year-olds).

Since its inception in 1933 under orchestra music director Leopold Stokowski, many of the competition’s 400 winners have gone on to international careers, including soprano Benita Valente, pianist Eugene Istomin and a number of current members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Among them: violist Burchard Tang, a product of Temple’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, and bass trombone Blair Bollinger — who happens to be Robyn’s father.

By Harriet Goodheart