Christiana Care Wins Prestigious Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Grant

Christiana Care Health System in Northern Delaware has been awarded $10 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to design a new care model that will harness pioneer information technology to transcend the gaps that currently exist within health care to provide more coordinated care and greater value for patients. Christiana Care’s proposal — known as the “Bridging the Divides” model — was one of only 107 projects picked for the Innovation Grants from more than 3,000 applicants nationwide.

Christiana Care’s proposal is tailored to use existing hospital and office information systems to trigger alerts specifically for patients who need extra care both during hospitalization and upon discharge to their homes. The alerts will help a team of nurses and other health care professionals respond quickly and effectively to the patients, enabling them to recuperate in their homes and safeguarding them from symptoms that can result in a costly readmission.

“This breakthrough opportunity will truly transform care to significantly improve the value of the care we deliver and most importantly improve the quality of life for the patients we are privileged to care for,” said Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., president and CEO of Christiana Care. “Our Bridging the Divides model enables us to tailor the delivery of health care to the unique needs of our patients, allowing them to remain in the comfort of their homes. CMMI’s decision to recognize our proposal also gives health care systems across the nation the opportunity to learn from this new model of care.”

The proposal will aim at improving care by using predictive analytics to identify which patients are more likely to experience readmissions, develop complications and need a higher level of care. The organization will create an electronic patient portal and personal health record to enable patients to communicate with the care management team. In addition, the proposal will look to compare patient-specific outcomes with evidence-based recommendations in cardiology and use a software-driven care management program designed to improve patient outcomes.

Christiana Care’s proposal is focused on treating Delawareans who suffer from ischemic heart disease, which occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This buildup results in a lack of oxygen or blood flowing to the heart and can lead to chest pain and heart attacks. Over time, ischemic heart disease can weaken the heart muscle and can contribute to heart failure and arrhythmias.

“The work under this grant can serve as a model for the nation as we work together to deliver high quality affordable health care to Delawareans,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “Christiana Care is building on the considerable investment we have made in Delaware’s healthcare information infrastructure. Technology, information, and innovation are critical to reducing health care costs and improving quality of care. Christiana Care will help us move from a sick care system to a health care system.”

“Both Christiana Care and DHIN are innovators and leaders in health care and this award is another validation of our success in working together,” added Bettina Riveros, Secretary of DHIN and chair of the Delaware Health Care Commission. “We may have won the CMMI grant, but the Delawareans that our dedicated health care professionals treat each day are the true beneficiaries of this award, as it will lead to better care and better outcomes.”

Christiana Care’s partners in the project include the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Delaware Health Information Network and the University of Delaware. The partners also include several doctors in the community.

Featured Investor: Brandywine Realty Trust | Philadelphia’s University City District

History & Ownership

Founded in 1994 with just four properties and two employees as a spin-off from a private developer, Brandywine Realty Trust is now one of the largest publicly owned, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States. Organized as a real estate investment trust and operating in select markets, Brandywine owns, leases and manages an urban, town center and suburban office portfolio. Brandywine has regional offices in Radnor, PA; Mount Laurel, NJ; Falls Church, VA; Richmond, VA; and operating offices in Philadelphia, PA; Lawrenceville, NJ; Oakland, CA; San Diego, CA; and Austin, TX.

Our mission is to design, create and maintain extraordinary working environments for our clients, tenants, and employees that reflect our high standards and uncompromising commitment to excellence.

Innovative Approach

Today, as a leading full-service real estate company, we’ve been engaged in many of the most innovative development projects undertaken in our core market areas. We’re taking the lead in such smart-growth initiatives as transit-oriented development and automated parking. We’ve revitalized historic urban properties and pursued LEED certification for new and existing developments. We’re breaking ground on award-winning projects with the energy and vibrancy that matter to both tenants and investors. In a changing, challenging world, we’re looking ahead.

University City District — Philadelphia

University City is the most dynamic area of growth in the mid-Atlantic area and is the focus of Brandywine’s development initiatives in Philadelphia’s Central Business District (CBD). It is an area that is witnessing $4.5 Billion (10 MM SF) in institutional development (non-office) mainly by the two major Universities: University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and a significant hospital/research complex: Penn Medicine (HUP) and Children’s Hospital (CHOP). In addition to providing a constant supply of educated employees (49,000 Students), the academic institutions have fueled 13% job growth in the area over the past nine years. There is currently 65,000 people employed in University City and 42% are in this “Eds & Meds” sector. Also fueling this job growth is the roughly $500 Million per year of NIH funding granted to local research institutions and the $1 Billion of annual R&D spending by these institutions. This level of investment is causing the office market in this region to have the strongest fundamentals of any of the twenty-eight submarkets in and around Philadelphia.

With 30th Street Station at the heart of the district, it is also one of the most accessible locations on the East Coast. New York is a one hour by train and the Philadelphia International Airport is 15 minutes away. Leveraging all of these advantages will be Brandywine’s Cira Centre South Complex, which will be a 1.3 MM SF office/residential/retail complex at 30th & Walnut at the gateway to the University of Pennsylvania.

Cira Centre

In 2001, Brandywine was awarded an option by Amtrak for the subject site. Upon 50% preleasing, Brandywine commenced a twenty-two month construction period, delivering the building 93% pre-leased in late 2005. Two years later, Brandywine purchased the historically certified U.S. Post Office Building from the University of Pennsylvania as part of a broader, highly complex transaction with the U.S. Post Office. Brandywine subsequently entered into a twenty-year lease with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to accommodate their regional headquarters requirement. This project is also significant because is brought 5,000 jobs to University City.

Cira Centre South, a planned multi-parcel, mixed-use development of soaring glass, lies along the Schuylkill River’s western shore and at the very heart of a remarkable renaissance. When finished, Cira Centre South will add a new dimension to a neighborhood rich in an academic, health care, cultural, scientific, and entrepreneurial tradition. Its unique profile, inspired by Cira Centre, will stand as the visual gateway to West Philadelphia. In addition to its unparalleled location, Cira Centre South offers all of the tax and economic benefits of its Keystone Opportunity Zone Program designation.

Centrally located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic corridor, the Cira Centre complex provides unparalleled accessibility. Located at the juncture of Amtrak, NJ Transit, and one of the nation’s largest commuter transit systems (SEPTA), the building provides tenants with a quicker, easier means of commuting and business travel.

BFTP/SEP Approves $1.375M for Seven Early-Stage Companies

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP) recently approved $1,375,000 in funding for seven early-stage companies.

“We’re excited that this round of investments is comprised of such a diverse group of companies — with target consumers ranging from energy efficient manufacturers to diabetic patients to television viewers,” said RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, President & CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Southeastern Pennsylvania is becoming a leader in developing technologies that affect just about every facet of our lives,” she added.

Companies approved for funding include:

ARB Geowell — West Conshohocken — Montgomery County — Approved Investment: $125,000

ARB Geowell has developed a novel geothermal heating/cooling platform that permits better heat transfer in the underground well. Using a unique design that provides more surface area and better contact with the earth, ARB Geowell’s system offers higher energy efficiency. In most cases, the increased efficiency allows the project to eliminate the need to drill multiple holes on site, and thus markedly lower the cost of construction.

Its target market ranges from residential homes to commercial buildings, schools and developments.

The company is led by Harry R. Halloran, Jr., President; Kathryn Coffey, COO; and Albert A. Koenig, Ph.D., Vice President.

Brad’s Raw Chips, LLC — Pipersville — Bucks County — Approved Investment: $100,000

Brad’s Raw Chips, manufactured with an advanced dehydration system, was launched when its founder and creator, Brad Gruno, made significant changes in his life and discovered the health benefits of eating raw. In order to still be able to enjoy crunchy snacks, he began making his own raw chips in his kitchen.

The snacks he developed are now the basis of the company’s line of healthy, crunchy snacks made from dehydrated raw, healthy foods—such as fresh vegetables, nuts, and seeds. All of the company’s products contain no chemicals, preservatives, trans-fats, or gluten.

The company’s products are sourced from local farms whenever possible, and are considered “raw’ because they are not baked or fried, but rather are dehydrated to preserve all the nutrients and enzymes. It is currently developing other raw food products including dips, granola, pizza crust, and crackers.

Brad’s Raw Chips is led by CEO & Founder Brad Gruno, and COO Walter Gruger.

Drakontas, LLC — Glenside — Montgomery County — Approved Investment: $250,000

Drakontas has created mobile collaboration software that helps teams share information while working together, via smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. to enable real-time exchange of critical data.

Their solutions primarily serve government factions, such as police, military, fire, emergency response, and public service teams; helping them to improve operations and efficiency, make decisions more quickly, and enhance their own and the public’s safety.

Drakontas’ flagship product, DragonForce™, combines geo-tracking (which allows for tracking of personnel on maps and floor plans), a whiteboard for coordinating tactics, shared media and files of critical information, and text messaging; to allow law enforcement teams to act faster, safer, and more efficiently.

The company is led by Dr. Brian Regli, CEO; James J. Sim, President & COO; Dr. Alan Kaplan, CTO; and Joseph Madgey, CAO.

Kerathin, LLC — Chester — Delaware County — Approved Investment: $200,000 (Ben Franklin previously invested $150,000)

Kerathin is a medical and home health device company focused on tools for the care of foot disorders, particularly in the diabetic population. Kerathin’s initial product, PodiaPro, is a major improvement for toenail disorders. PodiaPro is safer and easier to use than current nail debridement systems. PodiaPro is in clinical validation at leading centers associated with podiatric medical schools.

Kerathin is led by Founder and Executive Chairman Tom Fitzsimons. Serving on the company’s Board are Lucinda Duncalfe Holt, Paul Haslanger, and Ellen Toplin.

OneTwoSee (previously Mobile Reactor, LLC) — Devon — Chester County — Approved Investment: $150,000 (Ben Franklin previously invested $150,000)

The OneTwoSee™ platform is a state-of-the-art suite of technologies that support TV programming, including sports, reality, news, scripted and event-based broadcasts.

The business-to-business platform is targeted to television broadcasters and producers. It allows them to deliver a rich interactive television experience to their viewing audience via their connected devices, enhancing what viewers are watching on TV by simultaneously making the experience interactive through their connected devices.

Currently, up to 85% of television viewers are engaged with a connected device as they watch television; so OneTwoSee™ allows broadcasters to keep this distracted audience engaged.

OneTwoSee’s platform is currently being used by four Comcast SportsNet stations, including the one in Philadelphia.

The company is led by Chris Reynolds, CEO; Jason Angelides, COO; and Stu Farber, CTO.

S4 Worldwide LLC — Doylestown — Bucks County — Approved Investment: $250,000

Targeted toward drilling companies in Pennsylvania who have started production in the Marcellus Shale, S4W Worldwide offers a variety of effective integrated solutions to help drillers protect against intrusions, theft and vandalism; document safety and security efforts; and support environmental and regulatory compliance mandates.

Every S4W SENTRY is uniquely configurable, with systems deployed for specific client-defined remote site missions. The SENTRY systems are self-sustained, relying on solar power to extend service life for months or years. Customers can receive updates using satellite, cellular, Wi-Fi, and even terrestrial radio or microwaves; and information is delivered to their computer, tablet or smartphone through a secured data center.

S4W is led by Gary Uphouse, CEO; Paul Soult, President; and Gil Zimmerman, COO.

Tangent Energy Solutions — Kennett Square — Chester County — Approved Investment: $300,000

Tangent Energy Solutions saves commercial and industrial (C&I) companies 10% to 20% in energy costs by optimizing the energy grid behind the customer’s meter. The company combines efficiency technologies with clean generation assets (such as solar panels or geothermal energy) to intelligently balance supply and demand, resulting in lower energy prices for customers.

Energy costs are often large and difficult-to-control expenditures for C&I companies. As a mission critical resource, energy is directly linked to all aspects of operational success — including productivity, safety, compliance and comfort. For these reasons, Tangent helps them cut costs in ways beyond merely curtailing usage.

Tangent was founded in 2009 by a management team that has been providing commercially successful energy innovations to mainstream C&I customers for 30 years. The company is led by Dean Musser, CEO; Charles Costenbader, Executive Vice President; Mark Schaefer, CFO; and David Turner, COO.

Dow Grows Northeast Technology Presence in Suburban Philadelphia

The Dow Chemical Company will position the nation’s largest specialty chemical and advanced materials company for future growth by locating its North East USA Technology Center in Collegeville, Pa.

Dow scientists will begin operations next year in a state-of-the-art research and development facility owned by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. Employees at Dow’s Spring House, Pa. campus will begin moving to the new site as early as the first quarter of 2013. It is estimated that more than 800 jobs will remain in the county as both Spring House and Collegeville are cities within Montgomery County.

“This premier new location provides Dow’s world-class researchers with a new collaborative and innovation centric space, enhanced capabilities and best in class tools to create differentiation for our customers,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Establishing operations in Collegeville will allow us to remain competitive in a global market and continue as a major employer in Montgomery County, and Pennsylvania.”

With over 750,000 square feet of laboratory and office space, the facility will also have room to accommodate potential job growth in the future. After conducting a comprehensive feasibility study, Dow determined this opportunity as the best option to reach research objectives.

“This strategy bolsters our company’s long-standing commitment to Pennsylvania by putting our R&D operations on a long-term path forward,” said Jerome Peribere, executive vice president of The Dow Chemical Company and president and chief executive officer, Dow Advanced Materials headquartered in Philadelphia. “We are proud residents of the Delaware Valley region and look forward to continuing the tradition of innovation that our company began here more than 40 years ago.”

Dow’s Spring House location, acquired via the Company’s Rohm and Haas acquisition in 2009, has been a center for strategic research & development since 1963. From this site, the company’s scientists have invented products ranging from acrylic technology for high-quality latex paints to water purification products and polymers used in laundry detergents, shampoo, lotion, and conditioners.

Westin Breaks Ground on $37M Hotel at Riverfront Wilmington

The much anticipated Westin hotel at the Wilmington Riverfront will evolve from paper plans to an active construction site when Westin executives, officials from the Riverfront Development Corporation, developers and state and local officials broke ground on the $37 million facility on July 16th.

Connected to the 87,000-square-foot Chase Center on the Riverfront, the 10-story LEED certified hotel — Wilmington’s first full-service property in nearly 20 years — will feature 180 rooms, a pool, a full-service restaurant and bar, meeting space, a fitness center and even a law center, among many other amenities.

When completed, the Westin Wilmington will employ 123 people. It is projected to generate $3.9 million in state and city tax revenues in its first three years.

Purzycki said the city stands to immediately benefit from the hotel’s opening in early 2014. “It will be great to finally welcome the large numbers of meetings and conventions that have previously expressed interest in our town but failed to materialize due to the limited number of rooms available within reach of the Chase Center,” he said.

Construction of the Westin Wilmington project is being privately funded. The RDC board approved the $3 million sale of a .75-acre parcel of land to (BPG) for the hotel and a $3 million loan guarantee to the organization backed by a mortgage on the Chase Center. The City of Wilmington also provided a $1 million loan guarantee for the project. The hotel will be managed by Pollin Miller Hospitality Strategies, a BPG affiliate.

“We believe that the Westin Wilmington represents a culmination of the decades-long Wilmington Riverfront redevelopment effort,” said Dave Pollin. “We have a terrific property planned that will support area businesses, welcome visitors to Wilmington and, we think, help draw more and more people to this dynamic city. We appreciate the support we’ve received from the Riverfront Development Corporation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the City and the State. We look forward to creating hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, enhancing the region’s tax base and welcoming our first guests in early 2014.”

The ceremonial shovels marked the start of construction less than two months after the RDC announced plans for the hotel and the Penn Cinema movie and IMAX theater complex, which broke ground last month. Purzycki said the rapid starts of both projects, which will bring nearly 200 construction jobs to the Riverfront, emphasize the value businesses and the community place in the continued expansion of Wilmington’s Riverfront.

“This area represents tremendous opportunity for a wide range of businesses, employees and residents, and the Westin will mark yet another exciting chapter in the great story we’ve been telling about the Riverfront for the last 15 years,” Purzycki said. “Businesses like the Westin and Penn Cinema are eager to add to that story and experience their own part of that success, and we are thrilled to welcome them and the positive effects they’ll have on our region.

The World’s largest roll on/roll off (ro/ro) vessel, the MV Tysla, discharged Hyundai and Kia vehicles last month during a port call at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT)

Nearly 250,000 vehicles have been unloaded since Hyundai Motor Co. and its logistics affiliate, Glovis of America, began local operations in August 2010, said David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals, which operates PAMT.

“We’re excited to be handling the unloading of such massive ships,” Whene said, noting that a similarly sized sister ship, the Tonsberg, visited Philadelphia in April 2011. “These ships are a sight to behold.”

“We’re always working to improve our facilities and capabilities in order to successfully compete in an increasing complex and challenging global world,” said Thomas J. Holt, Jr., President of Astro Holdings, Inc., which leases PAMT under a long-term concession with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. “Bringing in massive ships such as the MV Tysla shows that our efforts are working, and we expect to attract additional new business in the months and years ahead.”

The MV Tysla is 265 meters long and has a cargo volume of 138,000 cubic meters. It has a capacity of 8,500 car-equivalent units (CEU). There are six fixed and three hoistable decks. Norwegian shipping firm Wilh. Wilhelmsen said the ship has more flexibility to carry high and heavy cargo, and also was built to be environmentally friendly, using nearly 20 percent less fuel than older ro/ro ships.

The vehicles that arrive at PAMT are processed at a 100-acre auto finishing facility at Pier 98 Annex at Columbus Boulevard and Oregon Avenue by the Walt Whitman Bridge. Once completed, those cars leave the facility by truck and possibly in the future by rail.

Temple University Health System now Includes Fox Chase Cancer Center

As of July 1, 2012, Fox Chase Cancer Center became a part of Temple University Health System, one of Philadelphia’s leading academic health centers, providing access to quality care through its hospitals and multi-specialty satellite facilities while supporting excellence and innovation in education and research.

“We are pleased to welcome Fox Chase Cancer Center into Temple’s healthcare enterprise,” said Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Senior Executive Vice President of Health Sciences for Temple University, President and CEO of Temple University Health System, and Dean of Temple University School of Medicine. “The addition of Fox Chase Cancer Center — one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. — solidifies Temple’s position as a leader in cancer care and translational research. It also sets the stage for exciting and numerous opportunities to grow and enhance cancer-related patient care, research and educational programs.”

“Fox Chase Cancer Center is committed to serving as one of the nation’s top comprehensive cancer centers, delivering world-class care to our patients and remaining at the forefront of scientific discovery,” said Michael V. Seiden, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center. “Now, as a member of Temple University Health System, we are in a stronger position than ever before to meet the needs of current and future cancer patients.”

On December 15, 2011, Temple University Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center signed an affiliation agreement for TUHS to acquire Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The newly official relationship between Temple University Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center also promotes collaborative synergies between and among the physician-scientists at Temple University School of Medicine and Fox Chase Cancer Center — which will accelerate the pace of further discovery and development of the most effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The collaboration between these two highly regarded institutions will enhance their ability to recruit and retain the nation’s best researchers and clinicians, which in turn will help meet the healthcare needs of a growing patient base.

As an affiliate of Temple University Health System, Fox Chase Cancer Center will significantly expand its outpatient and surgical-care services — both within its existing facilities and through the use of leased space in neighboring Jeanes Hospital, an affiliate of Temple University Health System since 1996.

TechGirlz Aims to Develop Female Tech Leaders in Philadelphia

TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls to be future technology leaders, launched its first annual Entrepreneurship Camp in Philadelphia this month in conjunction with DreamIt Ventures and Startup Corps. The camp is designed to address the low percentage of tech start-ups (3%) that are led by women, according to the Kauffman Foundation.

During the week-long day camp at the University City Science Center, which took place earlier this month, twenty girls, ages 11 to 16, engaged in idea generation, presentation of their prototypes, and developed business plans under the guidance of some of the country’s leading startup executives, developers and graduates of the Startup Corps program.

“There is a major disconnect between the market and the tech industry today,” said Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder of TechGirlz and Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions. “Women are starting half of the nearly 10 million businesses expected by 2018, but those founding tech-based businesses are a tiny fraction. Pair with that the fact that women control 70 percent of online purchases worldwide, and the reality is mind boggling. Young girls need access to hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math education more now than ever before. And this camp is the one place they can get the experience they need to change the trend. The ideas and innovation we’ve seen from them already is incredibly exciting.”

TechGirlz is designed to give girls in 6th-8th grades a week of hands-on technology experience as well as a chance to develop business ideas under the mentorship of local entrepreneurs and developers. The goal is to get girls more interested in technology and start-ups early on to change the gender statistics in the IT industry.

Walmart Foundation Grants $500,000 to Support Summer Jobs for Youth in Philadelphia

The Walmart Foundation provided a $500,000 grant to the Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc. (PYN) via its 2012 Summer Youth Employment Initiative. This grant will fund 320 paid summer work opportunities for low income, disengaged youth, including out-of-school youth as well as those in the public care system (homeless, fostered, abused, adjudicated). In addition to 150 hours of paid work experiences, participants will receive a range of educational and supportive services designed to address barriers to success in school and work. Philadelphia Youth Network is the managing partner of WorkReady Philadelphia.

In its sixth year, the initiative, a collaborative effort by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce with TD Bank, and WorkReady Philadelphia and their partners, encourages regional companies of all sizes to change the life of a young person by providing a paid internship.

To date, more than 5,000 students have taken part in this important initiative with over 100 companies and organizations. This year alone, 1,114 students are taking part in this program. For participating organizations, the costs are minimal. Each position costs the employer roughly $1,670, which includes intern salary and program administration. For six weeks, the interns work for at least 20 hours a week per week Monday through Thursday and attend professional development programs on Fridays.

“We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their investment in Philadelphia’s youth. This infusion of dollars, coupled with local funding, has helped Philadelphia to bring the number of WorkReady Summer youth employment opportunities from a projected low of 4,800 to over 5,600. Just as importantly, the Walmart Foundation dollars are enabling WorkReady to pilot an expanded summer program for a critical population. Research conducted through this project will shed light on best practices that can be incorporated into future WorkReady programming,” said Stacy E. Holland, PYN’s President and CEO.

This grant is part of a three-pronged, $20M investment the Walmart Foundation is making to enable low-income children to enjoy smarter, healthier and more productive summers. The grants will help expand nutrition, learning, and employment programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in 350 local communities throughout the 2012 summer months. The grant PYN is receiving comes via Brandeis University, which is serving as the National Program Office for the summer jobs component of this larger initiative. Philadelphia is only one of seven cities funded by this program; others include: Phoenix, AZ; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; and Los Angeles, CA.

The issue of youth employment has drawn recent attention from the White House, which released a report in early June 2012 from its Council for Community Solutions. The report concludes that there needs to be increased collaboration between governments, grant makers and nonprofits to get young people educated and prepared for jobs.

“Summer is a critical time for the continued health and development of our nation’s youth,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. We know that providing access to job opportunities and skills training during the summer months will allow students to return to school healthy, prepared and ready to succeed. By working closely with Philadelphia Youth Network, we can help kids have better summers and ultimately, better lives.”

WorkReady Summer programs began on July 2 and run through August 10.

Spirit Airlines Joins Philly International Airport’s Family of Carriers

Spirit Airlines, whose mantra is “liberating consumers from high fares,” has announced it will begin daily nonstop service between Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) beginning in April 2013. Spirit is the 3rd new airline this year to announce it will introduce service in Philadelphia. Virgin America and Alaska Airlines joined the Airport’s family of carriers in April and June, respectively.

Based in Miramar, Florida, near its Fort Lauderdale hub, Spirit operates more than 200 daily flights to over 50 destinations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. In May 2011, the airline began serving Dallas Fort-Worth, where it has rapidly expanded operations. Philadelphia is the 21st city Spirit has announced it is adding at DFW and the 6th this month alone.

Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) operates a fleet of Airbus 319, 320 and 321 aircraft. The airline has a heavy Latin America / Caribbean presence. Its international network includes 4 cities in Colombia, 2 cities in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. It also has flights to Guatemala, Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Haiti, Panama, Aruba, Mexico City, Saint Thomas and Saint Maarten.