Penn Medicine Radnor Highlights the Challenge of Opening a New Medical Facility During a Pandemic

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The newly-opened Penn Medicine Radnor demonstrates the difficulty of opening new outpatient care sites, and getting patients to visit, in the COVID-19 pandemic, writes John George for Philadelphia Business Journal.

The COVID-10 outbreak delayed the opening of the $200 million facility on King of Prussia Road.

It has been opening in stages since June.

“The pandemic led to delays, and some challenges, many of which were related to limited supply chain and limited resources to complete construction and installation of items that were needed in order to open,” said Patrick Norton, vice president of public affairs at Penn Medicine.

The virus added $300,000 to the cost of Penn Medicine Radnor as they paused and restarted construction, implemented COVID-19 safety protocols and coordinated employee shifts for social distancing.

The 250,000 square-foot facility has a staff of about 350. It sees about 1,000 patients a day.

. “We have also had patients express appreciation for our commitment to safety and to getting them back to see their doctors for the testing and medical care they may have otherwise been unable to obtain during the earlier months of the pandemic,” Norton says.

Read more about Penn Medicine Radnor’s adjustment to COVID-19 here.

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