Penn Transplant Satellite Office Opens at Tower
Tower Health’s Reading Hospital (at top), and President and CEO P. Sue Perrotty
WEST READING PA – A satellite office of the Penn Transplant Institute, providing eligible Tower Health patients with pre- and post-transplant care, has opened at the healthcare system’s flagship Reading Hospital (above), it said Monday (Jan. 3, 2022).
Under an affiliation with Penn Medicine, Tower-related transplant surgeries will be performed in Philadelphia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, it added.
The opening of the satellite location ensures patients “will continue to have access to pre- and post-transplant kidney and liver care within the community,” it noted, following the closure of the Tower Health Transplant Institute. It was announced in August (2021).
“This transition marks a new chapter for transplant services at Reading Hospital, and for Tower Health,” Tower President and CEO P. Sue Perrotty said. “The Penn Transplant Institute is one of the largest and most experienced transplant programs in the country and is renowned for its clinical quality and innovations in treatment and patient care.”
Ninety-four percent of Tower transplant patients have chosen to continue their care with the Penn Transplant Institute, Perrotty said.
The new office for the Penn Transplant Institute is located in the hospital Doctors’ Office Building, and is staffed with many of the same Tower employees and physicians, including two nephrologists and two hepatologists. Patients will have convenient access to all pre-transplant evaluation and services, along with post-transplant surgery follow up care, in the office.
Establishing this satellite location of the Penn Transplant Institute at Reading Hospital marks a milestone in Tower Health’s relationship with Penn Medicine. “I know our team at Reading is looking forward to collaborating with our colleagues at Penn,” Perrotty said.
The announcement of the new transplant care office comes only three days after the scheduled closing of Tower Health’s Jennersville Hospital in Chester County, and less than a month away from its proposed closing of Brandywine Hospital, also in Chester County.