With 31 operating rooms, Pennsylvania Hospital is a major
surgical facility in Philadelphia, where physicians perform
over 18,000 operations each year. Each of the 14 operating
rooms in the hospital's inpatient surgery suite includes laser
capabilities, four have overhead built-in microscopes for microsurgery
and eight have laminar flow hoods for orthopaedic surgery.
Outpatient procedures are performed in the Switt Short Procedure
Unit. Pennsylvania Hospital surgeons have pioneered minimally
invasive surgical techniques in the Videoscopic Surgery Center.
Cardiologists provide comprehensive invasive and interventional
cardiac treatment and work closely with their colleagues in
the Section on Cardiothoracic Surgery. The hospital's cardiothoracic
surgery suite integrates surgery, recovery, intensive care
and step-down units to maximize coordination of care. Open
heart operating rooms, a recovery/ intensive care unit and
an angioplasty room are adjacent to special care patient rooms,
catheterization laboratories, a cardiac intensive care unit
and support facilities.
There are two specialized operating rooms devoted to vascular
surgery with adjacent recovery room and intensive care units.
Pennsylvania Hospital is the only hospital in the Delaware
Valley with a ceiling-mounted C-arm flouroscope and carbon-fiber
operating room table, which enables vascular surgeons to perform
minimally invasive advanced vascular operations through small
incisions. Vascular surgeons are among the few in the area
who are able to repair aortic aneurysms through a small groin
incision and perform carotid artery surgery under local anesthesia
and with only a one-or two-day hospital stay.
The Penn Neurological Institute at Pennsylvania Hospital combines
the Neurosurgery and Neurology departments to provide a coordinated
approach to patient care. Neurosurgeons at the hospital are
among the few in the area to perform stereotactic neurosurgical
procedures and offer the area's only program for endoscopic
pituitary tumor removal. The Parkinson's Disease and Movement
Disorders Center is the only center of its kind in the Delaware
Valley and is recognized by the National Parkinson Foundation
as one of its Worldwide Centers of Excellence.
Highly specialized orthopaedic services offered include microvascular
surgery (including hand surgery), shoulder and elbow services,
orthopaedic oncology, foot and ankle surgery, fracture treatment
and general orthopaedic surgery, joint reconstruction and replacement,
pain management, sports medicine and treatment of spine disorders.
Internists and family practitioners provide comprehensive
health care and treatment of diseases at Pennsylvania Hospital.
They are experts in preventive care and specialize in the diagnosis
and management of complex medical problems, while providing
general outpatient health care to adult patients.
Patient care at Pennsylvania Hospital is well supported by
the Departments of Pathology and Radiology with modern equipment
including MRI, SPECT imaging nuclear medicine, color flow Doppler
ultrasound, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, PCR and a
DEXA scan to detect osteoporosis.
Combining broad-based medical expertise within an intimate
setting, The Joan A. Karnell Cancer Center of Pennsylvania
Hospital provides a progressive, multidisciplinary approach
to cancer care. This includes cancer risk evaluation, prevention
education and research, screening and detection, diagnostics,
treatment, supportive and rehabilitative care, home care and
Women's Health at Pennsylvania Hospital integrates services
for women, including reproductive endocrinology, maternal/fetal
medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, gyn oncology, menopause,
mental health and cancer care. The hospital has one of the
area's leading obstetrics programs, with physicians delivering
more babies than any other hospital in Philadelphia and specializing
in the needs of high-risk obstetrics patients. Critically ill
infants are cared for in the Level III Intensive Care Nursery-one
of the largest in the Delaware Valley. The hospital also has
extensive infertility services, including in vitro fertilization-embryo
replacement. The Women and Children's Health Services Clinic
provides a comprehensive ambulatory care setting for pediatrics
and women's services.
In addition to a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic
medical services, Pennsylvania Hospital provides comprehensive
behavioral health care for children and adults with emotional,
psychiatric and developmental difficulties. Behavioral health
services, which are offered on a private or contractual basis,
include a community-based treatment and intervention, mobile
outreach, 24-hour assessment and crisis intervention, day and
partial programs, supervised workshops, traditional outpatient
therapy, focused inpatient care and educational programs. Special
services are available for the homeless, homebound and ethnic
populations. Care is provided at Pennsylvania Hospital, Hall-Mercer
Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, and
throughout the community.
Collaboration Among Physicians
Pennsylvania Hospital offers an environment where clinical
staff and management work together to foster collaboration.
To encourage understanding and communication, orientation for
physicians, nurses and other clinical staff includes an overview
of each other's roles. This is supplemented throughout the
year by a series of teaching conferences that relate to both
disciplines. In addition, numerous social events are held to
promote a cohesive and spirited social environment.
Residents directly participate in continuous quality improvement.
They actively participate in patient care committees and attend
the monthly Chief Residents' breakfast, which provides direct
access to administration.