Breaking New Ground at West Reading Site
Tower Health and Drexel University held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 17 for the College of Medicine's additional location at Tower Health in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
The new building, located on Parcel 9 of The Knitting Mills redevelopment, will feature state-of-the-art technology in traditional and nontraditional instructional venues. The facility will include anatomy laboratories as well as simulation labs for medical student practice and to promote interdisciplinary education with residents, physicians and nurses.
Students will have access to a fitness center with indoor and outdoor recreation space, Information Commons (library), lounge areas, a game room and a café. When fully operational, the campus will have the capacity to educate and train 200 medical students.
Tower Health and Drexel University first announced plans to develop an additional site for the College of Medicine near Reading Hospital in April 2018. A 20-year academic agreement was signed between the two organizations in February 2019, and on May 29, 20 third-year medical students began their core clinical rotations at Reading Hospital.
Left to right: Tower Health VP and Chief Academic Officer Mark Martens, MD; College of Medicine Senior Vice Dean Valerie Weber, MD; College Dean Daniel V. Schidlow, MD; Tower Chairman Brent Wagner, MD; Tower President and CEO Clint Matthews; Drexel President John Fry; Drexel Vice Chair Stan Silverman; Tower EVP Daniel Ahern; Reading Hospital President and CEO William M. Jennings; and Equus Capital Partners President and CEO Daniel DiLella
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