Continuing to Improve the Patient Experience
In the original architectural plans for the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, future growth was a key component. Shortly after the Perelman Center opened in 2008, the expansion began, with the building of the ‘west tower,’ better known today as the Translational Research Center. Now, construction has begun on the next project: the South Pavilion Extension.
Located at the back of the Perelman Center, the South Pavilion will rise five floors above the loading dock, adding 200,000 square feet. When it is completed in early 2014, nearly all outpatient practices now remaining at HUP will be relocated in the Center. “Moving most of our outpatient practices into Perelman will not only improve the patient experience but also help us increase our outpatient services,” said Garry Scheib
, HUP’s executive director.
The South Pavilion will maintain the architectural continuity of the Perelman Center, wrapping around to the TRC, much as the TRC wraps around to the front. Inside, it will appear seamless as well. “You won’t know you’re entering another building.” said Stephen Greulich, senior project manager of Real Estate, Design & Construction.
The addition will provide a comfortable and easy-to-navigate environment for patients and families. It will incorporate many of the Center’s original features -– such as shared support spaces between the clinical modules -– but “fine-tuned and improved, using data and feedback from user groups within the Center as well as from the TRC,” Greulich said.
Each of the approximately 180 exam rooms will be a spacious 110 square feet, with ample room for family members. Consultation rooms will bring health-care providers directly to patients, eliminating the need to visit different offices around the medical campus. “There will also be comfortable waiting areas, computers and/or kiosks for check-in and access to mypennhealth.org, as well as easy-to-follow signs to guide patients to the right location.” Free wireless Internet access will be available throughout the South Pavilion.
Continuing our Environmental Responsibility
The Perelman Center achieved Silver LEED certification last year, and the new structure is aiming for the same recognition. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification means a building is not only environmentally responsible but also a healthy place for patients, visitors and staff.
Construction will include many of the sustainability measures needed for LEED certification, such as making use of local and ecologically friendly materials, recycling construction debris, and using low-emitting materials to reduce the amount of indoor air contaminants. In addition, a green roof will control storm water runoff and conserve energy.
A green housekeeping program will use only non-toxic chemical and cleaning agents that meet Green Seal standards (a nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment). There will also be an active recycling program.
The South Pavilion Extension will continue the Perelman Center’s seamless integration of services, in an environment of convenience and comfort. But it also represents the next step in Penn Medicine’s long-term goal -- moving all services out of Penn Tower and building a new patient tower on the site.