Published on May 18, 2020

Tower Health and Drexel University Celebrate 'Topping Off' at New Facility

West Reading, PA., May 18, 2020 - Earlier today, Monday, May 18, Tower Health and Drexel University celebrated an official "Topping Off" ceremony for Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, an additional site location of the medical school to be opened in Wyomissing, PA.

Consistent with social distancing restrictions, a small ceremony was held during which a handful of leaders from Tower Health and Drexel University watched the placement of the final, 30-foot steel beam. Construction of the new facility is slated to be complete in time to welcome the first 40 students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Tower Health President and CEO, Clint Matthews, and Drexel University President, John Fry, addressed the audience.

The structure consists of:

  • 2,636,000 pounds of structural steel
  • 3,109 pieces of steel
  • 2,300 cubic yards of foundation concrete
  • 290,000 pounds of foundation reinforcing bar
  • 3,620 cubic yards of concrete
  • 41 tons of reinforcing steel bar

Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health is one facet of a 20-year academic affiliation agreement between Tower Health and Drexel University. This innovative partnership will bring together rigorous medical education from Drexel and a clinically advanced training environment at Tower Health's flagship Reading Hospital to create a premier destination for physicians of the future. The new facility will feature state-of-the-art technology, as well as traditional classrooms, learning communities, and lecture halls, and a significant focus on wellness. It will include specially designed patient rooms, an anatomy laboratory, and simulation labs to help students advance their medical skills. When fully operational, the campus will have capacity to educate and train 200 medical students.

"The goal of our collaboration is not only to expand options for medical education in the area, but to improve access to care by creating a pipeline of highly skilled and trained physicians to support patients in our region," said Mr. Matthews. "Today's ceremony puts us one step closer to achieving that goal."

Mr. Fry added, "We are pleased to be joining the Berks County community with the addition of the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health. We appreciate the ongoing support the local community has shown and look forward to training tomorrow's physicians in this state-of-the-art facility."

Construction on the facility continued during the recent stay-at-home orders after receiving a waiver as an essential healthcare project.

Tower Health and Drexel University extend thanks to Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., Senator Judy Schwank, Representative Mark Gillen, Berks County Commissioners Kevin Barnhardt, Christian Leinbach, and Michael Rivera, and others who have been instrumental in supporting the project throughout its development.

Click here to view a video recording of the final beam being placed, remarks from Clint Matthews and John Fry. Click here for a rendering of Drexel University of College of Medicine at Tower Health.

About Tower Health

Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. With more than 14,000 team members, Tower Health consists of Reading Hospital in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a partnership of Tower Health and Drexel University in Philadelphia. It also includes Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading; home healthcare services provided by Tower Health at Home; and a network of 22 urgent care facilities across the Tower Health service area. Tower Health offers a connected network of 2,200 physicians, specialists, and providers across more than 230 convenient locations. For more information, visit towerhealth.org.