On Tuesday, July 27, Drexel University College of Medicine celebrated the opening of a new four-year regional medical campus, located at 50 Innovation Way, Wyomissing, PA., in collaboration with Tower Health.
The College of Medicine will welcome its inaugural class of 40 first-year medical students at the campus on August 2. Drexel medical students already receive training from faculty physicians at Reading Hospital, the flagship hospital of Tower Health, which is less than one-mile walking distance to the new campus.
The new, state-of-the-art academic building houses standardized patient exam rooms, an anatomy laboratory, small group learning areas and simulation labs that promote interdisciplinary education. In addition, the building was designed to enhance student life with a focus on student health and wellness and encourage immersive learning experiences. Students have access to a fitness center, information commons (library), lounge areas, a game room and café.
The facility consists of:
- A total of 2,636,000 pounds of structural steel
- A total of 2,300 cubic yards of foundation concrete
- A total of 290,000 pounds of foundation reinforcing bar
- More than 15,000 sheets of drywall
- A total of 150,000 feet of electrical conduit
- More than 75,000 feet of mechanical and plumbing piping
- More than 2,000 gallons of paint
“Our medical students have been receiving their clinical education at Reading Hospital through a long-standing academic affiliation agreement and have been making an impact on medical care in Berks County for decades,” said Mr. Fry “Our new campus will increase their engagement with both patients and the community, and provide greater opportunities to train and go on to be leaders in medicine, especially in areas in need of more physicians.”
“This facility would not be possible without the dedication and support of our community and business leaders. I want to especially thank Senator Judy Schwank, Representative Mark Gillen, Berks County Commissioners Christian Leinbach, Kevin Barnhardt, and Michael Rivera, the Borough of Wyomissing, Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., and the leadership teams at Tower Health and Drexel University,” said Ms. P. Sue Perrotty, Tower Health President and CEO. “Because of their foresight and commitment, our community now offers future physicians the opportunity to learn and train in a state-of-the-art medical school and, at Reading Hospital. We are building both the future of our health care and a positive economic impact for the entire region.”