Building (and hiring) for the future at Penn Medicine’s new Pavilion

With 17 stories, 504 patient rooms, and 47 operating rooms, Penn Medicine’s new 1.5 million-square-foot Pavilion is equipped to define the future of medicine.

A group of people walking through the Pavilion wearing face masks, hard hats, and safety vests.
Before the Pavilion officially opens, staff have taken part in “dress rehearsals” and walk-throughs. (Image: Penn Medicine News)

In the months leading up to the Pavilion debut, a massive recruitment effort is underway to hire more than 600 employees. These future employees have the unique opportunity to join the Penn Medicine team and provide innovative care in a state-of-the-art inpatient facility as an integral part of one of the world’s leading academic medical centers.

“To come into this hospital as an employee is an experience unlike any other,” says Denise Mariotti, chief human resources officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). “Although the Pavilion is an extension of HUP, the location, size, and scope of the building require us to fill a significant number of clinical and non-clinical positions—and every position plays a critical role in providing a superior patient experience.”

Ultimately, the collaborative nature of the Pavilion build ensures that patients and employees alike get the most out of their experience. There have been opportunities for employees to select features of the Pavilion that would impact their day-to-day experiences. And with only a few months left until opening, UPHS’ recruitment teams are hard at work filling Pavilion positions.

“Hiring for the Pavilion is certainly one of our biggest and most visible efforts,” says Meredith Kirkpatrick, talent acquisition manager for Clinical Talent Acquisition. And, much like the Pavilion build, partnership and collaboration with teams across UPHS has been a critical part of the process.

This story is by Nicole Fullerton. Read more at Penn Medicine News.