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New Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Facility Coming to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro Campus

Feb 3, 2014
An expansive new pediatric specialty care center is rising on the campus of University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP). In late 2013, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) broke ground on the facility, which is expected to open its doors early in 2015. It will replace an existing center located on Alexander Road in Princeton.

“It will house all of the existing specialties”—including ophthalmology, neurology, orthopaedic surgery, gastroenterology, and a dozen others—“and will
allow us to offer new services, among them physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as diagnostic X-ray facilities,” says Steven M. Altschuler, MD,
CHOP CEO. At 25,000 square feet, the facility will be 15,000 square feet larger than its predecessor, with the potential to expand to 100,000 feet.

The new center, one of more than 50 CHOP Care Network locations in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and surrounding counties, will also increase the number of specialists in attendance, notes Alicia Brennan, MD, Medical Director of CHOP Pediatric Care at UMCPP.

That means that patients who need referrals to other doctors will get to see them more quickly and on site. In the past, observes Bert Mandelbaum, MD, Chairman of UMCPP’s Department of Pediatrics, many of these patients would have needed to be transported elsewhere. “If we can offer care locally,” he says, “it improves care, and it improves the community.”

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Pictured above, l-r: NJ Senator Linda Greenstein; Jennifer Winell, MD, Dept. of Surgery, CHOP; Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu; CHOP patient Danielle Hirsch; Steven M. Altschuler, MD, CEO of CHOP; Barry S. Rabner, President & CEO of Princeton Healthcare System; NJ Assemblyman Daniel Benson.