Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has unveiled plans to construct a 37,000ft² Specialty Care & Urgent Care Center in Abington, Pennsylvania, as part of expansion of the CHOP Care Network.
To be located in the heart of Abington Township, at the intersection of Old York Road (Route 611) and Susquehanna Road, the centre has been designed to provide specialty care to patients in the communities surrounding eastern Montgomery County, lower Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia.
In addition to 20 to 30 exam rooms, the facility will include ancillary facilities, such as a developmental physical therapy and occupational therapy gym, speech therapy, audiology, radiology (diagnostic X-ray) and EEG services.
Initially, the core outpatient services will include cardiology, orthopaedics, gastroenterology and nutrition, neurology, ENT, endocrinology and diabetes, and pulmonology. An additional 10,000ft² has been allocated for future clinical programmes.
An Urgent Care Center will offer after-hours care for children with mild to moderate illnesses or injuries that do not require an emergency room.
Construction will commence in 2020 and the new facility is slated to open in February 2021.
The CHOP Care Network includes more than 50 primary care offices, specialty care and surgical centres, urgent care centres, and community hospital alliances in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia president and CEO Madeline Bell said: “A key component of CHOP’s mission is ensuring that our patients have access to high-quality, convenient care, with the ability to utilize all the resources of our world-class hospital if and when needed.
“With the opening of the new Specialty Care & Urgent Care Center in Abington, we aim to meet the needs of the Montgomery County region’s patient population, providing families a full range of specialty care and urgent care services close to home.”
CHOP caters to over 1.3 million children each year on its main campus in the University City area of Philadelphia.
The Abington facility will be the sixth CHOP unit in Montgomery County, in addition to an inpatient hospital on the King of Prussia campus, which is expected to be operational in 2021.