The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care has been designed to provide the ideal patient experience, reducing stress and providing a smooth, efficient visit. We understand that many families seeking our specialized care will spend many hours in the building as they receive a battery of tests, see multiple providers or have long treatment sessions like physical therapy, chemotherapy or transfusions. During the building’s design phase, we gathered input from hundreds of families and clinicians. They helped us define important features of the building:
  • Spacious, natural light-filled waiting rooms for families, featuring “Wait. Play. Learn.” interactive place spaces for patients and their siblings
  • An multipurpose roof garden for both recreation and rehabilitation sessions
  • A landscaped outdoor plaza to provide a safe, open area for play, entertainment, reflection and emotional recharging
  • Intuitive design to ease stress and make it easy to find your way around the building
  • A 1,500-vehicle garage to make arrival and departure a simple and pleasant experience
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas and cafeteria services to provide enjoyable meals between appointments
  • A welcome center to provide a home base for visiting families
  • State-of-the-art rehabilitation gym for physical and occupational therapy
  • A sedation and imaging center that includes a mock MRI room where Child Life specialists can prepare children for procedures

With all this and more built into the Buerger Center, it is most advanced outpatient center in the nation — an efficient medical facility that provides the optimal experience for children and families.

Neighborhoods of Care

Much of the family-centered care in the Buerger Center will be offered through groups of related specialties sharing clinical space, like neighborhoods. This arrangement not only will facilitate clinician and staff collaboration, but will also simplify visits for patients and their families. Clinical groupings will include:

Level 2 – Radiology, Imaging & Sedation
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  • General Radiology
  • Digital Radio/Fluoro
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • MRI
  • Sedation Center

Level 3 – Oncology & Hematology
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  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Alex Scott Day Hospital
  • Phlebotomy (Hem/Onc)
  • Pharmacy (Infusion)

Level 4 – Physical & Rehab Therapies
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  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • MSSK Programs
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Rehabilitative
    • VEPTR
    • Spina Bifida
    • Rheumatology
  • Rehab Therapies

Level 5 – ENT & Communication
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  • ENT / Otolaryngology
  • Audiology & Speech Therapy
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Aid
  • Audio Booths

Level 6 – Allergy, Dermatology & GI
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  • Allergy & Immunology
  • GI/Nutrition
  • Dermatology

Level 7 – Medical Specialties
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  • Pulmonary/PFT
  • Endocrinology/Diabetes
  • Shared Medical Specialties Clinic

Impact of Research

A Visit with the Pediatric Physician at CHOP A Visit with the Pediatric Physician at CHOP

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute is one of the largest in the nation, with 1,400 employees and 1 million square feet of research space. CHOP places an emphasis on translational research — the type of clinical studies that move new ideas as quickly as possible from the lab into the treatment room. The Buerger Center is designed to take this relationship between patient and researcher to the next level, bringing researchers and children closer together.

Adjacent to the Ruth and Tristram Colket Jr. Translational Research Building, the Buerger Center will speed the pace of research. The building is designed to support clinical trials digitally, with fully electronic medical records that speed the flow of data, and physically, with a walkway connecting the labs at Colket to the exam rooms at the Buerger Center.

Building state-of-the-art facilities at CHOP also helps to attract and retain the world’s best doctors and scientists. Our patients benefit from their care and investigations to unlock the mysteries of childhood disease. This new environment in the Buerger Center will support a truly translational medical platform where the world’s best clinicians and researchers can work together.