Cancer care in Penn Medicine’s Pavilion: Reimagined, revitalized, and inclusive

The Pavilion is a state-of-the-art medical mecca that will connect patients with their families and medical teams in a whole new way. Whether in person or virtually, technology advancements will be included in every patient room.

Rendering of a patient’s room in the Penn Med Pavilion.
Pavilion patient room rendering, with ample space for family members. (Image: Penn Medicine News)

IRIS—a large smart TV and interactive care system located past the foot of each patient bed on the wall—not only provides access to entertainment, but access to climate and environment preferences, healthcare provider and appointment information, privacy controls, and more. The expanded technology advancements will make it possible for patients to feel better connected with loved ones, and it allows for caregivers to be more involved and supportive.

For patients with family caregivers at their side in the hospital, IRIS allows caregivers to have an integral part in patient discussions, as they can see test results such as CAT scans and MRIs, and benefit from supportive educational material. Basic information such as members of the health care team can be accessed, along with information on upcoming tests and procedures. At the Pavilion, IRIS technology is available in every patient room.

In addition to IRIS, friends and family will find bigger rooms with spaces ready for caregivers. Each patient room includes pullout beds that make it possible to get a decent night’s sleep. As families may have to face difficult conversations with medical teams, there are dedicated family rooms for meetings, where privacy is essential. There is also a new Family Caregiver Center at the connector level of the Pavilion to offer a space for respite for caregivers, as well as a dedicated satellite caregiver center on the 12th floor for oncology.

“For the first time ever, and a rarity in the country, Penn will have a dedicated oncology intensive care unit, and it will be adjacent to our inpatient oncology unit on the same floor, which is an added convenience for patients and their medical teams,” says Lynn M. Schuchter, chief of the Hematology and Oncology division in the Perelman School of Medicine. “Close access to acute care for critical oncology patient management has been reimagined, and is going to be transformative to their care.”

This story is by Caren Begun. Read more at Penn Medicine News.