On Thursday, March 25, community members, stakeholders, leaders and coalition members PHMC, Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation gathered for a virtual celebration to mark a significant milestone in the development of a multifaceted public health campus.

The opening of the PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar was recognized and brought to life in celebration for its vision of integrated health care and social services for the West and Southwest Philadelphia community.

“With the opening of the PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar, today marks an exciting day for the future of public and community health in West and Southwest Philadelphia,” said Richard J. Cohen, President and CEO of PHMC. “We know that the need for equitable, integrated and collaborative care has never been more critical, especially in light of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. Together with our Coalition partners, we’ve embarked on an effort to bring integrated service delivery on and around this campus, informed by the community and area partners and stakeholders.”

The PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar is founded on the guiding principle of providing high-quality, community-informed, patient-centered health care and social services supporting the needs of the facility’s West and Southwest Philadelphia neighbors. The Coalition’s goals for the new public health campus focus on health equity and aim to provide the community with access to primary and behavioral health care, emergency services, acute care services, substance use treatment, and other social support services.

Watch a video celebrating the launch of the PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar.

Read the press release for this announcement and learn more here.