Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been a nationally recognized provider of pediatric care for the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. In continuing with its rich history of healthcare innovation and leadership, St. Christopher’s has embarked on a $110 million expansion project, which recently marked a major milestone with the completion of The Center for the Urban Child.
Designed by Philadelphia-based architectural firm Ewing Cole, the new two-floor, 30,000 square-foot medical office building houses multiple pediatric practices within its walls, providing patients access to wraparound services to address social needs in real time. With already more than 350 children visiting these clinics each day, the expansion allows the hospital to accommodate up to 50 percent more patients. Having the privilege to develop a structure that serves the greater need of a community is one of the most fulfilling aspects of working in the hospital construction industry.
Carolyn Jackson, St. Christopher’s CEO, said “The facility is designed as a one-stop, health-care shop so children can see their pediatrician, speak with a social worker or parenting specialist, sign up for WIC [Pennsylvania Women, Infants and Children support program] and supplemental nutritional assistance, or have testing done all in the same day and at the same location.”
On September 15th, nearly five hundred people showed their support for The Center for the Urban Child during the ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by St. Christopher’s Hospital. Torcon is honored and humbled to be a part of this great project focused on Philadelphia families and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with St. Christopher’s Hospital and the local community as we proceed with vertical construction of the hospital’s new Critical Care Tower. The 135,000 square-foot building, set to open in 2015, will allow the hospital to increase access to advanced and compassionate medical care for even more families with sick children.