• October 24, 2011
  • ImageCeremonial Ground Breaking Celebration for New Outpatient Medical Facility in Philadelphia:
    Penn Medicine at Washington Square


Thumb ImageEmbarking on one the largest capital projects in the history of Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine will celebrate the official groundbreaking of its new Penn Medicine Washington Square (PMWS) facility. The new facility, to be located at 8th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia’s historic Society Hill section, will house outpatient services for Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) – the nation’s first, founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond.

This new facility will help PAH continue its centuries-long tradition of bringing modern medical care to Philadelphia by increasing ease of access for patients to many of its outpatient services. During this time of economic uncertainty this new project will also provide jobs in the construction and related industries as well as supporting jobs in the health care industry once the facility opens in 2013. More information below…


Monday, October 24, 2011 – This evening!
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Remarks to begin at 6 PM


Pennsylvania Hospital Elm Garden
On 8th St. Near the main entrance of the Hospital
(Close to the corner of Spruce St.)
Philadelphia, PA


Speakers & Special Guests – Including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

R. Michael Buckley, MD, FACP
MC and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Hospital

William P. Hankowsky
Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Property Trust

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System
Dean, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Amy Gutmann, PhD
President, University of Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter

R. Michael Buckley, MD, FACP
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Hospital
Closing Remarks & Visual of Guests Performing the Ceremonial Groundbreaking

More information:

This new 153,000-square-foot, $22 million facility consolidates Pennsylvania Hospital’s ambulatory and support functions in an ultra-modern, eco-friendly space. Medical practices and hospital departments currently housed in various building surrounding the hospital, will come together in one location including such departments and divisions such as Orthopaedic Oncology, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Urology, Otorhinolaryngology, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine and diagnostic patient services.

This additional building will allow Pennsylvania Hospital to reach its ultimate goal of an all private room acute care hospital at its main campus located at 8th and Spruce Streets. Currently the hospital is licensed for 519 beds.

Liberty Property Trust, a well-regarded and trusted Philadelphia company whose most recent prominent project is the Comcast Center, has been chosen as the developer for PMWS. This is the largest developer project undertaken by Penn’s health system.

Pennsylvania Medicine has signed a 20 year lease for the 153,242 square foot building. Liberty’s investment in the project will be $49.6 million and Pennsylvania Medicine will invest $22 million in the interior fit-out. The building is scheduled to open late in the summer of 2013.



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; Lancaster General Health; 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.



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