Penn Presbyterian kicked off 2015 in a big way! There was a flurry of excitement and activity at 6:30 a.m. on January 5, when we rolled out the red carpet and welcomed the first patients to the Pavilion for Advanced Care (PAC). All hands were on deck as Penn Medicine faculty, staff and leadership attended the official opening ceremony and worked to transition the first eight patients from the existing SICU at PPMC to our new TSICU facility at the PAC.
“This is your day,” Michele Volpe, executive director of PPMC, said to a crowd of faculty and staff at the opening blessing. “This is exactly the kind of first-class facility you need and deserve for the kind of first-class care you deliver every day.”
Construction on the PAC is now in the final stages, and together we’ve successfully moved multidisciplinary groups – and all of the physical infrastructure related to providing specialized care – to our new location.
“Thousands of patients and their families are never expecting to come to these new halls and into these new rooms,” said PPMC Chaplain John Ehman during an opening blessing ceremony. “But, they will come, because of the most serious of health crises —and they will bring with them hopes and fears, strengths and struggles, family histories and relationships. This place will fill with their personal stories that are inspiring, sad, joyous, curious, warm, chaotic, and complex. And, it will be through their lives and through all who offer care here that these halls and rooms shall be hallowed.”
See the full story for a slideshow from opening day, and stay tuned to the Presby Bulletin, Penn Medicine News Blog and Penn Medicine Facebook pages for more information and updates as our transition continues.