Expanding to Meet Our Patients’ Needs

A second hospital will make CHOP’s world-class care accessible to even more families

Published on in Children's View

King of Prussia construction site Families turn to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for countless reasons, from well visits that reassure parents that their child is healthy and strong to our expertise in the face of the unthinkable, such as a cancer diagnosis.

As we write our next chapter, we are responding to the needs of our community by expanding our capacity: We are building a second inpatient hospital in King of Prussia (KOP), adjacent to CHOP’s existing Specialty Care & Surgery Center. The KOP hospital is informed by both what we’ve learned over our 165-year history and what we are experiencing right now during the coronavirus pandemic.

For example, throughout winter 2019-20, it was not uncommon for the hospital to be at 107% capacity. COVID-19 has changed the equation, but it has not changed the fundamental reality that regardless of the headlines, more families than ever across the region need our world-class care, our compassion and our responsiveness.

To that end, the new hospital will have a 24- hour Emergency Department, a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, state-of-the-art operating suites and advanced radiology capabilites. All patient rooms will be private — important for limiting the risk of infections and for family comfort.

“The hospital was designed for patients and their families to enable quality care close to home in a safe and easy-tonavigate setting,” says Jan Boswinkel, MD, Chief Operating Officer of the KOP hospital. “The staff will be welcoming, reassuring and highly collaborative.”

Even as we thoughtfully navigate our response to the pandemic and steer research developments related to COVID-19, we still need to plan for the future. Our ability to do this relies on generous donors like the Genuardis. Every gift creates a future for children that is bright, healthy and full of optimism.