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CHOP opens new hospital in Montgomery County

52-bed hospital also features 24/7 pediatrics ER

- By Donna Rovins drovins@pottsmerc.com

UPPER MERION » When Children’s Hospital of Philadelph­ia announced in June 2018 that is was planning to construct a second inpatient hospital — it chose Montgomery County.

The new hospital, located on Goddard Boulevard in Upper Merion officially opened its doors today, Wednesday, Jan. 26. It is CHOP’s first hospital outside the city of Philadelph­ia, and brings the health system’s expertise and specializa­tion in treating children — from birth to age 18 — to the western suburbs.

The Middleman Family Pavilion is a 250,000-square-foot facility adjacent to CHOP’s existing Specialty and Urgent Care Centers in Upper Merion.

It features 52 private inpatient rooms, including

a 36-bed medical surgical unit and a 16-bed pediatric intensive care unit. Plans are already underway to add another 56 inpatient rooms over the next several years.

The facility has four operating rooms; a pharmacy, lab and blood bank; comprehens­ive radiology services and care for a broad range of pediatric specialtie­s including: orthopedic­s, plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat (ENT).

The new facility also features the Madlyn K. Abramson Emergency Department — the first dedicated 24/7 pediatric emergency department in the King of Prussia area, according to the hospital.

In addition to high-level emergency medical care, patient families will have access to pediatric-specific support services, including child life specialist­s, pediatric behavioral health providers, and advanced telemedici­ne consultati­on.

Planning for the new hospital began in 2017, and according to Jan Boswinkel, MD, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Middleman Family Pavilion, planners kept several goals in mind.

“We wanted to make it easier for families to access our world-class care close to home, provide much-needed space to accommodat­e the growing number of patients who

would need CHOP’s care in the future, and create a space — and build a team — that was very much a part of the King of Prussia community,” he said.

Dr. Allison Ballantine, MD, Med, is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for the Middleman Pavilion. She has served in a number of leadership roles and is a hospitalis­t — which means she takes care of patients in the hospital. Ballantine has been part of the planning for the new facility since the beginning. She referred to the project as “her baby.”

“It’s exciting to be able to bring CHOP level care out of the city to reach patients and families to the west,” she said.

Ballantine said she wants parents across the region to know that CHOP is here for them.

“We want to partner with you in sickness and in health. We are here to support this amazing community. We’re here should your child become ill. And we’re here when they’re doing well, so you know they are doing well,” she said.

Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelph­ia, said since its founding in 1855, a key component of CHOP’s mission has been ensuring its patients have access to high-quality, convenient care.

“And now, with the opening of our second inpatient hospital, the Middleman Family Pavilion, we aim to provide families in the region with a full range of best-in-class pediatric services, in a comfortabl­e and

convenient setting, close to home,” she said in a statement.

For many families, their first visit to the new hospital may be their first encounter with acute care.

“A lot of the design of the hospital was specific to focusing on creating a welcoming, open and airy environmen­t,” Ballantine added.

When patients and their families enter the front doors, they enter the greet

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SUBMITTED PHOTO This photo shows the 24/7 emergency department at CHOP’s new Upper Merion facility. The ER operates 24/7.

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