Penn Vet’s power depends on our ability to deliver the best care to animals, and by extension, their owners. This campaign will dramatically upgrade our clinical spaces and capacity to ensure that our facilities match the excellence of our clinicians, provide the learning environments our students deserve and open new important doors to innovation.
In 2013, the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society named Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital a Level 1 Facility, making it the first university-based hospital to receive this prestigious designation. That same year the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care named Ryan Hospital one of only nine designated Veterinary Trauma Centers in the U.S.
These designations are based on specialist care expertise and advanced diagnostic and treatment tools now make Ryan Hospital the only institution recognized as both a Level 1 Facility and an official Veterinary Trauma Center. So it is not surprising that since 2015 our caseload has grown a whopping 21%.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony in April 2019 celebrated the opening of Ryan Hospital’s Richard Lichter Emergency Room. The project was generously funded by Richard Lichter, a member of Penn Vet’s Board of Overseers, and co-chair of The Power of Penn Vet Campaign. His gift was made in memory of his beloved Golden Retriever, Cosette.
The Richard Lichter Emergency Room at Ryan Hospital more than doubles the amount of clinical space than the former emergency room, which opened in the early 1980s. The 2,000 square foot, state-of-the-art expansion includes designated areas for canine and feline patients, including species-specific oxygen cages.
The Richard Lichter Emergency Room gives Penn Vet the opportunity to elevate animal care in a significant way; the previous number of patient care areas now doubles, increasing from 13 to 27. The facility also includes four additional large dog runs that provide comfort and security to patients who are being treated for the most complex cases.
Our Work Continues
The need for life-saving, veterinary emergency services is growing. According to the American Pet Products Association, 86.4 million households had pets in 2018, up from 72.9 million households in 2012. As the number of companion animals grows, so does the need for progressive emergency and critical care.
“The emergency room expansion represents the first phase of a $14 million investment in our commitment to cutting-edge emergency and critical care for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Michael Mison, Ryan Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer. “Mr. Lichter has a long history of saving animal lives, and supporting the welfare of companion animals throughout the Philadelphia region. On behalf of the faculty, clinical staff, nurses, and all of the Penn Vet family, we are incredibly thankful to Richard for his transformational gift.”
The implementation of the Robotics Imaging Project
The implementation of the Robotics Imaging Project in 2016 has revolutionized equine and large animal diagnostic imaging. It has opened the door to a whole new world for large animal medicine. The ability to capture images of the skull, neck, and distal limbs of large animals through robotics-controlled imaging: radiography, computed tomography (CT) and fluoroscopy without the need for general anesthesia has drawn international attention. With further research and development we aim to acquire images of the shoulder, spine and pelvis in the standing horse-a revolutionary diagnostic advancement.
The new Advanced Imaging and Translational Center
The new Advanced Imaging and Translational Center will take the robotics project to the next level by integrating non-invasive, inter-operative imaging. We will renovate an under-utilized section of the hospital and transform it into a 4,630 square foot state-of the-art surgical suite. It will feature real-time, robotic imaging capability (the first of its kind) and a 3T MRI Unit to maximize precision and diagnostic image quality. This new suite will also provide additional surgery capacity for the New Bolton Center Hospital as it undergoes additional renovations over the course of the next decade.
An Extraordinary Combination
The extraordinary combination of imaging, surgery, and enhanced MRI will position Penn Vet and New Bolton Center as the only East Coast veterinary specialty practice and teaching hospital with capabilities of this caliber. This unique facility, which will leverage its translational capabilities for the treatment of both animals and humans, pioneer a direction unseen in modern veterinary medicine.