“The future of medicine is here,” said Ralph W. Muller, CEO of Penn Health. “The Perelman Center sets a new standard for accurate and timely patient care, based on collaboration, consultation, and cutting-edge research.”
Built at the former Philadelphia Civic Center site in West Philadelphia and dedicated October 2, the $302 million center will be home to 12 clinical specialties whose staff will work together in multi-disciplinary teams. The 500,000-square-foot center is the largest capital project in the history of Penn Health, with 225 exam rooms, 84 private chemotherapy infusion bays and an outpatient surgical pavilion with eight 600-square-foot operating rooms. The radiation oncology and outpatient surgery services have already opened at the center, with other services moving in over the next five months.
The Perelman Center will also unify all services of the Abramson Cancer Center, and in 2009, the 75,000-square-foot Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the only center in the nation combining both proton treatment and research, will open.
Constructed with recycled, locally sourced materials and wood from sustainable forests, the center is being billed as green, and is expected to be among only a few U.S. hospitals to earn LEED certification.
When it is fully operational in February, the Perelman Center will be home to 1,260 employees. The building will create more than 400 new jobs within Penn Medicine and support 2,772 jobs directly and indirectly throughout Pennsylvania.
Source: Penn Medicine Dept. of Communications
Writer: John Davidson
Exterior Side View
All Photographs Courtesy of: Penn Medicine Dept. of Communications