West Philadelphia will soon have a new structure rising on its landscape.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System announced plans to construct a $1.5 billion project for inpatient care where the old Penn Tower Hotel used to stand.
This 17-story tower will contain 500 beds, 47 operating rooms and a new emergency department.
“Inpatient care is not going away, and more and more people are coming to places like us and places like Hopkins and some of the other big places around the country,” said Ralph Muller, chief executive of Penn’s health system in a Philadelphia Inquirer article.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System is one of 15 major health systems contributing to the over 100 hospitals to the region.
Photo credit: Foster & Partners and the University of Pennsylvania Health System