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(Don't) Pick Your Poison! Philadelphia’s Poison Control Center

In 2018, nearly 90,000 area residents called the Poison Control Center (PCC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with concerns about poisonings, and more than 50,000 of them had actually been exposed to toxic substances.

Please join us to learn more about the development of the PCC and the role it plays in helping Philadelphia health care providers save many lives.  Dr. Fred Henretig, who helped to found the Center and served as its Medical Director for 20 years, will also take questions, review the specific risks associated with older adults, and give tips on keeping their most-prized visitors, grandchildren, safe at home.

Fred Henretig is a retired pediatrician and member of Penn's Village along with his wife, Marnie. He has more than 44 years of experience in academic pediatric emergency medicine and medical toxicology.

In 2011, he received the Michael Shannon Humanitarian Award from the Section of Emergency Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which “recognizes a pediatric emergency medicine physician who has demonstrated excellence in clinical care, mentoring, didactic and bedside teaching, voluntary service and scholarly activities.”  Fred remains on staff at the PCC as its senior toxicologist, and is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Penn Med. 

This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app or check our new Zoom Instructions. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register through our website by clicking the Register Now on the right.   Directions for Self Registration can be found here.  You can also register by emailing or calling 215-925-7333.

This program is free of charge to our members, volunteers and donors. Guests are welcome to attend up to three programs before being required to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village. 

Penn’s Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusiveness and diversity means welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
A Zoom Meeting Link will be included in your confirmation and reminder emails.

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