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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Breaks Ground for the Karabots Primary Care Center

New $30 Million Pediatric Center Will Serve West Philadelphia Community

childrens_hospital_of_philadelphiaPHILADELPHIA, Pa. –The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia broke ground on the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Primary Care Center in West Philadelphia. This $30-million, 52,000-square-foot facility will provide top-quality pediatric care and community programs to children and families in the surrounding community.

Established with a $7.5 million gift from Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation of Fort Washington, Pa., the new center will give West Philadelphia families convenient access to standard-setting pediatric healthcare. As a new component of the robust CHOP Care Network, the Karabots Center represents a continuing commitment to medical care by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“We are grateful that Nicholas and Athena Karabots are so passionate about ensuring all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, receive high quality care,” said Mortimer J. Buckley, chair, Board of Trustees at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Their generous gift makes it possible for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to better serve the families in West Philadelphia.  We are honored to continue the Karabots’ tradition of helping children in need and will fulfill the promise of excellent care.”

Located on a 4-acre site, the two-story, 52,000-square-foot building will contain 56 child-friendly examination rooms, plus rooms dedicated to radiology, hearing and vision testing, and a phlebotomy laboratory. The facility will also house community programs offered by Children’s Hospital, such as Early Head Start, Reach Out and Read, domestic violence education and asthma education. The center plans to accommodate more than 45,000 outpatient visits annually.

The principal architect for the Center is Brawer & Hauptman Architects and the contractor is INTECH Construction. Stanley, Beaman and Sears are the interior design consultants and Medequip International is the medical equipment consultant. The Procz Group is serving as the building systems engineer, while the civil/structural engineer is Klein and Hoffman. Construction is projected to finish in late 2012, with an opening planned for early 2013.

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Posted October 7, 2011

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