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On Wednesday, Jan. 14, Penn State Hershey held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a 46,000-square-foot, $54-million data center on the Medical Center and College of Medicine campus. The construction of the University Technology Center is the next step to enabling Penn State Hershey to utilize “big data” to enhance patient care through disease modeling and predictors for disease by more efficiently processing and analyzing clinical information.
The new center will provide centralized space and enhanced security for patient, research and educational data for the Medical Center and College of Medicine, as well as powerful computers and main frames for analyzing the information.
“Building this new data center is every bit as crucial for improving the health outcomes of people in central Pennsylvania as building a new hospital or institute,” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, chief executive officer, Medical Center, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and dean, College of Medicine. “Two of the biggest factors in modern health care are personalized medicine and population health, and the common denominator with both is the ability to gather and analyze large volumes of rich health data.”
A new era in pediatric medicine began for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, as ground was broken for the new, freestanding building on November 13, 2009. The five-story, 252,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open in 2012.
More than 400 guests, including children and families; Children’s Hospital physicians, nurses, and staff; board members; donors; students; academic and health care partners; and government and community representatives, gathered on the site of the future facility to commemorate the groundbreaking.
The program featured, a Cirque du Soleil-inspired show, and a line-up of speakers that represented a few of the many constituent groups who helped make the new facility possible.
“This groundbreaking marks the start of a new era in health care,” said Edward P. Junker, III, former chair, Penn State Hershey Board of Directors, “and I thank each of you for your commitment to the children and families of central Pennsylvania.”
Children who have received treatment at Children’s Hospital also spoke about their experiences. Nine-year-old Joey Setlock, diagnosed in 2006 with Burkitt’s lymphoma, shared his excitement about the new facility. “I’m glad there will be a new hospital designed with kids in mind, with play spaces filled with lots of games, books, crafts, and movies. It will help kids like me get better faster.” (more…)