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Construction-update-1 What does a construction site, a laboratory and a kitchen all have in common? They’re all a part of the latest progress being make around the PAH campus to improve operations, upgrade our facility and make way for new private patients rooms!

 The exterior of Penn Medicine Washington Square, is now complete.

Take a quick jaunt down the block to the southwest corner of 8th and Walnut Streets and you can see that the exterior has been completed at Penn Medicine Washington Square (PMWS) – the future site of PAH’s new outpatient care facility. (See photo.)

“It’s incredible to literally be able to see the progress we’re making at Penn Medicine Washington Square,” said Karla McCaney, vice president of Facilities Management. In recent past weeks, the "fit-out contractor," J.J. White, Inc., has been mobilized on the site. They are responsible for building the interior walls for the patient exam rooms, offices and other support areas that form clinical practice spaces.

Cathcart-Sub-Basement-Lab-2Back at the main hospital buildings of PAH, the future home for Laboratory Services are shaping up in the Cathcart Sub-basement. Walls are finished and freshly painted, the flooring is almost complete and new lab benches are currently being installed. (See photo.)

Lab benches going up in their new space in the Cathcart Building.

More to come…
Construction will begin on Preston 6 and 7 for the first of the private, patient rooms in February 2013. “While we’re excited about the prospect of being able to offer our patients private rooms throughout the Hospital, we have to acknowledge that there may be some disruptions as the result of continued construction and renovations,” said McCaney. A hospital-wide Construction Noise Initiative has been launched to help minimize disruptions and discomfort for patients. Representatives from departments throughout the Hospital – from Nursing and Engineering to Patient Access and Community Relations – are all working together to create and execute an effective communications plan to keep patients, visitors and staff well informed of all the changes that will occur and when. “We are working very hard to create the calmest, healthiest environment possible for our patients,” added McCaney. “It’s important for them to know we are doing everything possible to mitigate any inconvenience they may experience during construction.”

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