GroundbreakingOn Wednesday, May15, Penn Medicine and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) officially brokeground on the new Advanced Care Hospital Pavilion. With the completion of theexpansion project – slated for January 2015 – PPMC will have the infrastructureand programmatic support needed to become Penn Medicine’s Level-I RegionalResource Trauma Center. Upon completion, the Trauma Center at Penn Medicinewill transfer from its current base of operations at the Hospital of the Universityof Pennsylvania (HUP) to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

The new 178,000square foot Advanced Care Hospital Pavilion will feature overall upgrades and enhancedcapacity for emergency, surgical, trauma and critical care patients at PPMC. Inaddition to an added emergency bay and operating room capacity, a newstate-of-the art trauma resuscitation area will be dedicated to the evaluationand stabilization of critically injured patients.

“We all find it avery exciting time for Penn Presbyterian,” said Harvey Waxman, MD, chiefof Cardiology, PPMC, in a special video presented at the ceremony. “And we believethat it will open a new era in the history of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.”

Along with PennMedicine faculty, staff and leadership, two former Penn Medicine traumapatients were also in attendance at the ceremony. James Heany and MaribethMarburger’s stories, told briefly by Ralph Muller, CEO of UPHS, and J. LarryJameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the University for the HealthSystem and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University ofPennsylvania, were met with applause from the crowd.

“It has been a longroad to recovery and rehabilitation and one that she marked in 2012, byparticipating 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 recoveryand 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 CityCouncilwoman, both of whom commended the efforts of PPMC faculty and staff ontheir hard work, positive attitude and assistance throughout the early stagesof the project.

“You have alldemonstrated time and time again a commitment to innovation, improvement, andsuperior patient care,” said Volpe. “It is because of this level of excellencethat we can move forward with confidence, knowing that Penn Presbyterian, inpartnership with our colleagues across Penn Medicine, will step up to thechallenges ahead and meet them with conviction.”

Construction Update: In addition to the Pavilion groundbreaking, the oxygen farm moved on May18, and work on the loading dock will be complete July 16. The movement of theoxygen farm and the loading dock will pave the way for the foundation andexcavation of the Pavilion footprint and ED expansion.

Click here to view the full video that was presented at the ceremonialgroundbreaking.

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