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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marks Major Investments in Endoscopy and Pharmacy at Northeastern

Physicians and staff gathered at Northeastern Campus last month for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking $1.4 million in upgrades to the Endoscopy Suite and Pharmacy.

Additions to Endoscopy include two new patient bays, a new waiting room, and an improved instrument cleaning and processing area. Patient amenities, such as new chairs, flooring, furniture, and TVs, were also installed during the project. In Pharmacy, workers installed new regulatory-compliant positive and negative pressure rooms for the preparation of chemotherapy agents.

On hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were John Kastanis, President and CEO of Temple University Hospital (TUH); and Kathleen Barron, Executive Director of Episcopal and Northeastern campuses.

"Investing in the high-quality ambulatory care available at Northeastern is part of the larger, positive trend of change at Temple Health," Kastanis said.

During her remarks, Barron noted the project's dual-focus: accommodating growth in patient volume and meeting regulatory requirements for free-standing Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Pharmacy space that is used to prepare chemotherapy agents.

"Endoscopy remains one of the most integral services of the Northeastern campus, and Pharmacy is critical to the delivery of cancer care," said Barron. "Supporting these services so they meet their regulatory and volume needs is a recipe for success."

Barron praised Sherry Mazer, TUHS Regulatory Officer; Endoscopy Nurse Manager Noreen Fazekas and her staff; Dr. Marc Hurowitz, Chief Medical Officer at Northeastern and TUH Associate Chief Medical Officer; and LuAnn Kline, AHD for Operations, for their involvement in the project.

The upgrades were truly a campus-wide project, involving the relocation of Cardiology, Phlebotomy, and Radiology, all of which made necessary space available for Northeastern's new Endoscopy Suite.

To schedule an appointment at Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center, click here or call 215-926-3000.

Date Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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