Morning Headlines: First Domino Falls in CHOP’s 2015 Building Bonanza

The $20 million facility is the first of many projects set to open this year.

The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

CHOP announced the opening of a new specialty care center in Plainsboro, New Jersey this week. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the $19.8 million, 25,000 square-foot facility will offer an array of health care services and can be “very quickly” expanded to up to 100,000 square-feet if there is a demand:

Judi Lauria, CHOP’s senior director for specialty care services in New Jersey, said the additional space allows CHOP to bring a complete array of rehabilitation services — including physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine programs — to the new center. In fact, it features two “kid-friendly” rehab gyms. The Plainsboro center also has its own X-ray equipment, something the old center didn’t have. It also has rooms for auditory brainstem response testing

As noted by the Philadelphia Business Journal, this is just the beginning for CHOP. In addition to the facility in Plainsboro, CHOP plans to welcome six more facilities throughout the region into the fold this year. In the city, CHOP is working on the primary care/library community center at Broad and Morris Street, the 700,000 square-foot Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care in West Philadelphia and another primary care center in Roxborough.

As for the suburbs, specialty care centers in King of Prussia and Concordville, as well as an urgent care center in Chalfont, are all expected to open by year’s end.

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