News Release
 

November 19, 2009

CONTACT: Holly Auer
(215) 349-5659
holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu

Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System

Invitation to Cover: World’s Largest Proton Therapy Facility to Open at Penn Medicine

Roberts Proton Therapy Center to Offer State-of-the-Art Radiation Therapy

PHILADELPHIA –  Penn Medicine will celebrate the upcoming opening of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center with an event to honor the many donors and staff members who have made this cutting-edge $140 million radiation therapy facility a reality. Patients from all over the country are expected to come to Penn for this precise form of radiation therapy, which is especially well suited for treating cancers in the brain, head, neck, eye and spinal cord, and in hard-to-reach organs such as the liver, pancreas, and esophagus. Partnerships with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the U.S. Department of Defense will also allow pediatric cancer patients and U.S. military service members and their family members to be treated in the new center.

WHERE:

The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

WHEN:

November 23, 2009
5:30 PM to 7 PM

6:00 PM

 

Remarks

6:20 PM

Behind-the-scenes tours of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center available to media/photographers

(RSVPs requested to holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu by 10 a.m. Nov. 23 to ensure adequate space for tours)

 

 

WHO:

  • Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania
  • David L. Cohen, Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees
  • Stephen Hahn, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2009/11/proton-therapy-center-celebration/