The Perelman Center Opens: A Defining Moment in Medicine
October 3, 2008
The dedication of Penn Medicine's Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center
for Advanced Medicine on October 2 marked the latest example in a
national trend: caring for patients in an environment that speeds
diagnosis and treatment while enhancing patient comfort and convenience.
Watch the video to meet the Perelmans and to hear what doctors and patients have to say.
The $302 million, 500,000-square-foot outpatient facility [see photos and floorplans]
is the new home to 12 clinical specialties whose staff will work
together in multi-disciplinary teams aided by state-of-the-art medical
A New Model for Patient Care
Perelman Center links Penn's expert physicians and clinical researchers
in new ways, by putting them just an idea's reach away from one another
-- a think tank atmosphere where they can collaborate and create
groundbreaking, individualized treatment plans.
integration of services (what doctors call the "bench to bed" approach)
creates a real-time medicine model that helps ensure each patient
receives the right diagnosis and the right therapy at the right time.
All in One Building, Centered Around the Patient
The Perelman Center represents a new concept, where the patient is the focus rather than the doctor being the focus.
Outpatients with heart, lung, vascular and digestive diseases will all
receive treatment in the new building, and co-located practices will
make it easy for patients to plan for and receive all the care they
need in a single location. Specialists in endocrinology, rheumatology,
dermatology, plastic surgery and executive health will also practice in
the Perelman Center. When all of the Perelman Center's practices open,
there will be an expected 300,000 patient visits each year.
A Defining Moment in Medicine
"The future of medicine is here," said Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer of University of Pennsylvania Health System.
"The advanced medical expertise for the finest in outpatient care is
thoroughly integrated throughout the building. The Perelman Center sets
a new standard for accurate and timely patient care, based on
collaboration, consultation, and cutting-edge research."
the life of a great academic medical center, there are certain defining
moments that move it to the next level of excellence. For Penn Medicine,
the Perelman Center is one of those
moments," said Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of
the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the
Perelman School of Medicine. "This facility is a world-class center for the most
exciting and promising clinical care, which will set a new standard for
It's the Practice of Medicine -- Advanced
Perelman Center also serves as the first step in a broader mission for
Penn Medicine's efforts to revolutionize translational research and
pioneer innovative clinical trials. Under construction next door, the Translational Research Center will unite basic scientists and clinicians to drive clinical trials of treatments and cures patients can't find anywhere else.
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