On Wednesday, May 15, Penn Medicine and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) officially broke ground on the new Advanced Care Hospital Pavilion. With the completion of the expansion project – slated for January 2015 – PPMC will have the infrastructure and programmatic support needed to become Penn Medicine’s Level-I Regional Resource Trauma Center. Upon completion, the Trauma Center at Penn Medicine will transfer from its current base of operations at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
The new 178,000 square foot Advanced Care Hospital Pavilion will feature overall upgrades and enhanced capacity for emergency, surgical, trauma and critical care patients at PPMC. In addition to an added emergency bay and operating room capacity, a new state-of-the art trauma resuscitation area will be dedicated to the evaluation and stabilization of critically injured patients.
“We all find it a very exciting time for Penn Presbyterian,” said Harvey Waxman, MD, chief of Cardiology, PPMC, in a special video presented at the ceremony. “And we believe that it will open a new era in the history of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.”
Along with Penn Medicine faculty, staff and leadership, two former Penn Medicine trauma patients were also in attendance at the ceremony. James Heany and Maribeth Marburger’s stories, told briefly by Ralph Muller, CEO of UPHS, and J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, were met with applause from the crowd.
“It has been a long road to recovery and rehabilitation and one that she marked in 2012, by participating in the Broad Street Run,” Dr. Jameson said of Ms. Marburger. “Penn Medicine is very happy to have been a critical partner in her road to recovery and we are very happy to have her here with us today to share in this event!”
In addition to Dr. Jameson and Mr. Muller, the event also featured remarks from Michele Volpe, CEO, PPMC and The Honorable Jannie L. Blackwell, Philadelphia City Councilwoman, both of whom commended the efforts of PPMC faculty and staff on their hard work, positive attitude and assistance throughout the early stages of the project.
“You have all demonstrated time and time again a commitment to innovation, improvement, and superior patient care,” said Volpe. “It is because of this level of excellence that we can move forward with confidence, knowing that Penn Presbyterian, in partnership with our colleagues across Penn Medicine, will step up to the challenges ahead and meet them with conviction.”
Construction Update: In addition to the Pavilion groundbreaking, the oxygen farm moved on May 18, and work on the loading dock will be complete July 16. The movement of the oxygen farm and the loading dock will pave the way for the foundation and excavation of the Pavilion footprint and ED expansion.
Click here to view the full video that was presented at the ceremonial groundbreaking.