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About the Perelman Center

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The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine is a state-of-the-art, 500,000 square foot outpatient facility located on the corner of 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, adjacent to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Perelman Center – a $302 million facility and the largest capital project undertaken in the history of the University of Pennsylvania Health System – was designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collaboration among health professionals. The Perelman Center is home to Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, radiation oncology, cardiovascular medicine and an outpatient surgical pavilion.

The Roberts Proton Therapy Center, part of the Abramson Cancer Center at Perelman, will be a first-of-its-kind proton therapy center for the treatment of cancer. A unique architectural feature of the building is the glass atrium topping the structure and permitting sunlight to stream in to all corners of the facility.

In addition to providing patient-focused care, the Perelman Center is designed to anticipate and respond to future trends in medicine. Demographic studies indicate a continuing rise in the number of people suffering from cancer and cardiovascular disease. These two specialties urgently require innovative treatment models and they constitute two of the three main service areas of the Perelman Center. Medical advances have resulted in additional therapies that can be administered without overnight hospital stays. Penn plans for the Perelman Center will accommodate the rapid increase in outpatient surgery and house the most advanced medical technology available.

The Perelman Center's operating rooms for outpatient surgery measure 600 square feet each – 30 percent larger than the dimensions required by code – providing maximum flexibility to accommodate ever-changing technologies.

In addition to providing access to world-class medical care for Philadelphia's residents, the new center also improves the economic health of the city by creating new jobs. Recognizing this positive impact, federal, state and local governments are providing more than $20 million in support of the project, and individual donors have already contributed $27 million to support the project.

University of Pennsylvania alumnus Raymond G. Perelman and his wife, Ruth, pledged $25 million to name the Center for Advanced Medicine. This donation to help finance the construction and completion of the facility continues a tradition of gracious giving by the Perelmans. Mr. Perelman is a PENN Medicine trustee and a 1940 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.


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