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Penn Medicine’s Largest Capital Project In Its History: Center for Advanced Medicine


Last Thursday evening hundreds gathered in the BRB Plaza for the official groundbreaking ceremony and reception to mark Phase I of the new Center for Advanced Medicine which will rise on the site where the Convention Hall and Commerce Museum had been. Above, the architect's rendering of the front entrance of the new center which is scheduled to open in 2008-setting a new standard for delivering patient-oriented care, blending outstanding medical practitioners with state-of-the-art technology to offer the most advanced treatment options available.

Penn Medicine announced the largest capital project undertaking in its history with the new Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM). This state-of-the art facility will bring together Penn’s top medical minds to fight the nation’s top killers—all under one roof. Penn physicians, surgeons, nurses and medical staff—who battle cancer and cardiovascular disease on a daily basis—will now be able to care for  patients on an outpatient basis in one central, modern and comfortable location.

The new $232 million dollar Center—comprised of 300,000-square-feet for clinical space —will house Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, radiation oncology, cardiovascular medicine, and an out-patient surgical pavilion. “This important project will provide enormous benefits to our patients, physicians, staff, and indeed, to the entire Philadelphia region,” said President Amy Gutmann. “The Center’s mission, to offer more accessible, patient-friendly care directly supports our long-range vision to share the fruits of our integrated knowledge with our communities.”

Nationally renowned architect Rafael Vinoly of Rafael Vinoly Architects PC—who is partnering with Perkins Eastman on this project and is known locally for creating the Kimmel Center—was chosen to design the new Center. Additionally, physicians and nurses have participated every step of the way in the planning to help design a building conducive to the most effective delivery of health care and to create the most ideal working environment. One unique aspect of the facility is a glass atrium that will top off the building, bringing sunlight into all corners and opening the formerly blocked landscape from 34th Street to the Schuylkill River.

Scheduled to open in 2008, the building will be located on the corner of 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard. In addition to providing more clinical care capacity, the new building will provide the setting for a new paradigm of patient care at Penn. “The Center for Advanced Medicine will enable us to take patient care to a new level of excellence, with every aspect of the building designed with our patients’ comfort, convenience, and quality of care in mind,” said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, EVP of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine.

CAM - Interior

In addition to improving access to world-class medical care for Philadelphia’s citizens, the new Center will also help improve the economic health of the city by creating new jobs on a permanent basis. 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.

“The Center for Advanced Medicine will be a spectacular statement of where Penn Medicine is going in the 21st Century,” says Ralph Muller, CEO of UPHS. “It will provide a place where our excellent health care professionals will be able to practice the most advanced medicine available, treating patients in a setting that is as patient-oriented as it can possibly be.”

Cancer Programs in CAM

Abramson Cancer Center

Radiation Oncology

Proton Therapy

Cardiovascular Services in CAM

Cardiovascular Medicine

Diagnostic Testing

Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic

Vascular Surgery & Medicine

Outpatient Surgery in CAM

For information about the CAM facility, visit: www.uphs.upenn.edu/ about_uphs/cam.html.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 9, October 25, 2005


October 25, 2005
Volume 52 Number 9


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