PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WHAT: Penn Medicine will celebrate one of the largest capital projects in the history of Pennsylvania Hospital, the official opening of Penn Medicine Washington Square - a new 153,000 square foot, "green" building in center city Philadelphia - that serves as the major hub of outpatient care for Pennsylvania Hospital. This modern facility features leading-edge telecommunication and clinical information systems, providing patients with the most advanced level of collaborative and interdisciplinary care.
More than 100 providers from across a wide range of services - including cardiology, concierge medicine, otorhinolaryngology, primary care, surgery and women's health - are now available in one location along with patient pre-admission testing and phlebotomy services. The facility is also built atop an existing parking garage, offering added convenience for patients.
Penn Medicine Washington Square is an integral part of Pennsylvania Hospital's master plan which includes the expansion of private rooms for our patients. It represents great strides in both meeting the growing need for outpatient care and Penn Medicine's overall commitment to its patients in Center City and beyond.
Tours of Penn Medicine Washington Square will be available and will include: a patient exam room, diagnostic space; patient waiting areas and lobbies; and the new "Avenue C" self-checkout vending market for employees.
**More information below...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Remarks to begin at 6:15 PM
Penn Medicine Washington Square
800 Walnut Street
Speakers & Special Guests
J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System
Dean, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Amy Gutmann, PhD
President, University of Pennsylvania
R. Michael Buckley, MD, FACP
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Hospital
Ralph W. Muller
Chief Executive Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Closing Remarks & Ribbon Cutting with additional special guests:
Tom Sharbaugh, chair, Pennsylvania Hospital Board of Managers;
Morris Cheston, Jr., Member and Former chair, Board of Managers
William P. Hankowsky, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Property Trust
Comprised of technologically sophisticated patient exam rooms and laboratory space designed for interdisciplinary care with advanced on-site diagnostics, Penn Medicine Washington Square is a "green" urban redevelopment site featuring:
- Energy efficient heating and cooling
- Optimized day lighting
- Increased wireless access
- Paper, metal and plastics Recycling
- Maximized water efficiency
- Storm water retention through a "green roof" terrace
Penn Medicine Washington Square facilitates and enhances collaboration - especially among services dispersed across the Pennsylvania Hospital campus - by uniting clinical offices and over 100 physicians previously spread across seven different buildings, including:
Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
* Aesthetician services
* Facial plastic surgery
* Bariatric Surgery
* Cardiovascular Surgery
* Colon & Rectal Surgery
* GI Surgery
* Surgical Oncology
* Thoracic Surgery
* Urology & Urologic Surgery
Women's Health/Obstetrics & Gynecology
* Gynecologic Oncology
* Maternal Fetal Medicine
* Ob/Gyn & Midwifery Care
Pre-admission patient testing and phlebotomy services
This exciting new expansion of Pennsylvania Hospital has come about through the partnership of Penn Medicine with the City of Philadelphia and Liberty Property Trust, the Malvern-based real estate investment trust and developer of the Walnut Towers property.
Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 16 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $398 million awarded in the 2012 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2012, Penn Medicine provided $827 million to benefit our community.
SOURCE Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania