Construction and renovations to accommodate the PAH Private Initiative continue to progress. The final steel beam will be placed at Penn Medicine Washington Square, the new PAH outpatient facility at 8th and Walnut Street, on July 26, completing the steel structure.
On June 14, approximately 250 employees and staff attended an open house to tour the private patient room prototype on 9 Spruce.
Everyone who visited the prototype room was asked to complete a simple on-line survey. There was a robust response to the survey of both constructive suggestions and positive feedback. Virtually all employees surveyed commented favorably about the benefits of a private, single occupancy room and a designated family area. Other points of positive feedback included: sleeper sofas to accommodate a patient's family members, the convenience of bedside computers in each room, the availability of detailed information boards to help keep patients oriented, and ‘charging areas’ for electronic devices.
In other construction progress news, major demolition in the Cathcart Sub-Basement and on the 8th floor of the Preston building is complete. Installation of new underground piping is currently underway for the new Lab and framing of interior walls has begun. Complete relocation of the Lab remains on track for December 2012.