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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(800) 789-7366

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Sometimes referred to as “Presby,” Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is a hospital located in the University City section of West Philadelphia. It is one of three hospitals affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a top medical school known as “Penn Medicine.”


Originally named “Presbyterian Hospital of Philadelphia,” Penn Presbyterian Medical Center was founded in 1871 by a religious group known as the Alliance of Philadelphia Presbyteries. The hospital was small to start: a 45-bed facility situated on a 2.5-acre plot of land. Throughout the century that followed, however, Penn Presbyterian would evolve into its current 300-bed, 16-acre campus. In 1995, the hospital – which was then known as “Presbyterian Medical Center” – became affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and has since changed its name to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Penn Presbyterian has a strong nursing history; its Presbyterian’s School of Nursing opened its doors very early, in 1887. As a result, Presbyterian continues to place a strong emphasis on the valuable role nurses play in the treatment and healing process.

The hospital is also known for other significant medical accomplishments; for example, Penn Presbyterian created the region’s first outpatient pulmonary care facility. The Philadelphia Heart Institute continues to provide cutting-edge care as part of the university. Several other university medical programs – including programs in cardiology, family medicine, psychiatry, radiology and surgery – are located on Penn Presbyterian’s campus, offering convenience for patients and ensuring that the university’s top doctors and researchers are closely tied to Penn Presbyterian.

Mesothelioma Treatment at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

U.S. News & World Reports has ranked Penn Medicine hospitals among the best in the country for treatment of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, and patients of Penn Presbyterian can further benefit from the hospital’s affiliations with cancer-specific laboratories and centers. Penn Presbyterian patients may undergo treatment at the Abramson Cancer Center, a research and treatment facility dedicated to eradicating cancer, or the Penn Lung Center, a multidisciplinary center that brings together experts from across the university’s many departments.

Penn Medicine is also home to a program specifically dedicated to mesothelioma: the Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program. The program takes a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, bringing together internationally recognized doctors, surgeons and others who work together to diagnose and treat patients. This means that treatment comes in many forms: from nurses specifically trained in the treatment of mesothelioma; from registered dieticians who provide nutritional counseling; from cancer counselors to assist with needs that arise with the patient and the family; and even from experts like speech/swallow specialists, who can aid in any issues that arise throughout the course of cancer treatment. Penn Medicine has also hosted medical conferences for patients and families with presentations by some of the best mesothelioma experts in the country.

Patients may have the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial at a Penn Medicine facility. In fact, Penn has received a National Cancer Institute grant to test a new treatment for mesothelioma that was developed in one of the university’s labs.

Penn Presbyterian also puts a strong emphasis on patient comfort. Most rooms in the hospital are private and patient care teams understand the need to communicate and be attentive to patient and family needs.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois

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