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%.
Although considered state-of-the art in 1982, the current crowded space in the Ryan Hospital Emergency Room prohibits efficient workflow and can be stressful for both patients and clinicians as we triage nearly 10,000 emergency visits each year. This capital project sets in motion a phased modernization of Ryan’s clinical and lab spaces, which will take place over the next decade.
The new Veterinary Trauma Center and ICU will expand the south wing of Ryan Hospital and feature advanced medical technology found in the latest veterinary and human hospitals. As part of this project, the Intensive Care Unit will be relocated from the third floor adjacent to the emergency room. Clinical spaces will be designated specifically for canine, feline and exotic pets to provide the most compassionate care for all species.
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.