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PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT

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 end-of-life management.

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.

 



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