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    JANUARY 26, 2006
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Welcome to the new Temple Hospital

The Health System is celebrating TUH renovations
and its new Ambulatory Care Center.

Temple Hospital’s Broad Street lobby is now bigger, brighter and significantly more impressive. Changes include relocating the information desk and adding a coffee bar.

“I love it!” were the first words out of surgery professor Glen Whitman’s mouth as he entered the newly renovated Broad Street lobby of Temple University Hospital. The next were, “I’m going to sit here every day and enjoy my coffee.” The associate hospital director of perioperative services at Temple University Hospital was not alone in his enthusiasm.

Employees reporting for the day shift on Dec. 6 couldn’t believe their eyes. The Broad Street lobby, which had been blocked off for months, had reopened overnight, revealing a brighter, cleaner, significantly more impressive and spacious entryway.

As part of a national trend toward providing advanced healthcare services in an ambulatory setting, the Ambulatory Care Center adds more than 125,000 square feet of clinical space to the Hospital. A phased move-in will provide expanded capabilities for Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology, the Digestive Diseases Center, the adult Emergency Department and Interventional Radiology.

A formal ceremony on the fifth floor of the ACC took place Dec. 6 to mark the official opening of the seven-story, $75 million structure. Sen. Rick Santorum, who had assisted the Health System in securing federal funds for the building, joined Health System CEO Chip Marshall, hospital physician and professor of medicine and anesthesiology Gerard Criner and board member Dan Polett in praising the leadership and employees for their patience during construction and their continued dedication to the community and the Health System.

The Auxiliary’s annual holiday party capped off the day of celebrations. More than 160 people gathered on the fifth floor of the ACC to enjoy a delicious feast, prepared by Temple’s dietary department, enjoy live music provided by eight seniors from the Esther Boyer School of Music concert choir, and celebrate the Auxiliary’s $1 million gift to the Health System’s new building. In honor of its accomplishment, Marshall presented Auxiliary president Lucy Giagnacova with a plaque that will hang in a prominent location on the first floor of the ACC. 

Reprinted in part from The Capsule, Dec. 16, 2005; http://capsule.templehealth.org.

What’s in the Ambulatory Care Center

  • Sub-basement: Radiation Oncology Suite. Includes three Elekta linear accelerators, an Elekta CT simulator, a Gamma Knife, Patient Consult Rooms and three Bay Patient Holding Areas.
  • Basement: 4,200 sq. ft. of unprogrammed mechanical/electrical space.
  • First floor: Expanded Emergency Department. The new ED has six Trauma/Resuscitation Bays, 35 treatment areas (an increase from 19), a Stat Lab, four GYN rooms and more.
  • First floor: A new Neurointerventional Suite with a Siemens Neuro Bi-Plane.
  • First floor: Interventional Radiology Prep, Hold and Recovery Room with a new nurses’ station.
  • First floor: A new Interventional Radiology Room.
  • Second floor: Outpatient Registration Suite with a 100-seat waiting area, four OR's, and a new Prep, Hold and Recovery Suite.
  • Third floor: New GI Procedure Unit with a 45-seat waiting area, ultrasound room, 12 outpatient exam rooms and five procedure rooms.
  • Fourth floor: Radiation Oncology/Medical Oncology & Chemotherapy Suite.

Jordan Reese


The Digestive Diseases Center

John Daly, dean of the Medical School (left), Joel Richter (center), professor and chair of medicine, and Daniel Sinnott, executive director/CEO of Temple Hospital, recently toured the state-of-the-art Digestive Disease Center, which opened in the hospital’s new Ambulatory Care Center.





Forty different types of procedures are performed in the center’s five endoscopy suites (one is shown above), including colonoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, fluoroscopy, endoscopic laser therapy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreato-graphy, and wireless capsule endoscopy. The Digestive Disease Center also has two rooms dedicated to motility testing. Designed for patient comfort and privacy, as well as state-of-the-art endoscopic technology, the suites are equipped with computer networking, dimmable lighting and high-definition flat-screen monitors attached to articulated arms in the ceiling, which allow the doctor, nurse and patient to view procedures simultaneously.