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HUP Alumni

The HUP Nurses Alumni Association embodies the legacy of excellence of nursing education at Penn. In 1886, the newly established training school at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) put the University at the forefront of nursing  clinical leadership, where it remains today.

Dean Villarruel and Elaine Dreisbagh at the HUP 130th Reunion.Dean Villarruel and Elaine Dreisbagh at the HUP 130th Reunion.


“As a proud graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, I have been involved with our HUP Alumni Association for almost thirty years. It is an honor to lead this amazing group of alumni, many of whom are still practicing.”

Welcome, HUP Alumni

As president, I am joined by a dedicated group who volunteer provide you with a vibrant HUP Alumni Association. I would like to publicly thank our current and past volunteers, and I invite you to contact me if you are interested in getting involved.

One of my long term goals is for us to hold a 150th HUP Alumni reunion in 2036. To get there, we’ll need your help! Please become a member and consider volunteering.

As graduates of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, we were the first Penn Nurses. Today’s School of Nursing at Penn has embraced our alumni and honors our founding date of 1887 as the beginning of nursing education at Penn. We value our association with Penn’s School of Nursing, and I regularly represent you on the Penn Nursing Alumni Board. The HUP legacy is in good hands.

I hope to hear from you. Together, we can celebrate a HUP 150th reunion!

Warm regards,

Elaine Nuss Dreisbaugh, HUP 1960, 

President, HUP Alumni Association

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Since 1887, Mary J. Burns, the first graduate, has been followed by many distinguished alumni  including Theresa I. Lynch, a 1920 graduate, who founded and served as the first dean of the Penn’s current School of Nursing. From 1886-1978, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania educated over 5,000 nurses.

HUP alumni continue this rich tradition as educators, clinicians and administrators who elevate the quality of care for each and every patient.

The HUP Nursing Alumni Association works in partnership with Penn Nursing Alumni to honor this legacy. Alumni volunteers on the HUP Nursing Alumni Board plan spring and fall luncheons in rotating locations in the greater Philadelphia area, a major reunion every five years, and sends members a biannual newsletter to communicate HUP Nursing alumni news.