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State Funds for Penn Projects

group with 10 million check
photo by Dan Burke

The $10 million check to develop the Riverview Project: (left to right) State Senator David J. Brightbill, Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, EVP and Dean; Mayor John Street, Governor Edward Rendell, Penn President Amy Gutmann, Ralph Muller, UPHS CEO; State Rep. James Roebuck, and Carol Scheman, Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs.

 

group with 2 million check
photo by Dan Burke

The $2 million check for a center to support teacher development: (left to right) Mayor John Street, Governor Edward Rendell, President Amy Gutmann, GSE Dean Susan Furhman, and State Rep. James Roebuck.

 

On September 13, Governor Edward G. Rendell presented checks for 16 community and economic-development projects in Philadelphia, including two Penn projects.

$10 million—of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds—was awarded to support  Penn's Riverview Project: a multi-phase development project to create new clinical and research facilities. The University plans on constructing a 2 million-square-foot clinical and research facility. The project will be divided into two phases: Phase I will focus on the Center for Advanced Medicine; Phase II will concentrate on research facilities.

Phase I will develop the 1.2 million-square-foot Center for Advanced Medicine that will house a new home for Penn's Cancer Center, including advanced radiation therapy as well as cardiovascular services and procedural suites. It will also serve as a training site for 600 medical students and 1,000 physicians. Phase II, the clinical phase of the project, will create a "hospital without beds" that will provide highly sophisticated diagnostic and treatment services for patients. The Center for Advanced Medicine will enable Penn Medicine to meet future generations of patient and technology demands, and to continue to attract outstanding physicians, nurses, and students.  

 Governor Rendell's focus on education is the rationale behind $2 million in funding for renovations to the Professional Development Center at the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School—the Penn-assisted Pre K-8 public school. Supported by GSE, the Center will sponsor year-round professional development and leadership programs and provide a place where Philadelphia teachers will learn new approaches and best practices, and improve their professional skills. Sharing a site with the school on five-acres that was the former home of the Philadelphia Divinity School, the Center will occupy what was once the Divinity School's library. It will house meeting and video-conferencing rooms, a technology studio to create digital case studies, and a curriculum library. It will provide workshops, video conferences, a principal's certification program, and an on-line mentoring program. The Center will provide teachers with residencies at the Penn-assisted school and the option of taking courses at the Teachers College or through independent study.

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 4, September 21, 2004

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