Critical Care Tower


St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is pleased to announce that the new Critical Care Tower opened in April 2016. The addition of the Critical Care Tower is in line with the hospital’s commitment to providing high-quality pediatric care to the patients and families in and around Philadelphia, and is part of larger expansion that began on the hospital’s campus in 2012.

The 135,000-square-foot tower is home to a new neonatal unit, which continues to offer the highest listed level of neonatal care​. The new 39 NICU beds in private rooms are equipped with advanced technology.  The tower features an expanded dental unit, a larger gym for physical and occupational therapies, a new gift shop and chapel. Other amenities in the tower include call rooms and restrooms/showers for providers, and more documentation workstations for caregivers.

The expansion offers a new look to the St. Christopher’s campus. The main entrance is now through the Tower, offering increased security and a more efficient check-in processes passing through an advanced turnstile entrance.  The open floor plan of the main lobby leads to the new admissions center and allows families easier access from the parking garage into the lobby.

 “The Critical Care Tower will significantly benefit our families and allow us to provide advanced and more comfortable care to the most critical of our patients and their families,” says J. Mark McLoone, FACHE, chief executive officer at St. Christopher’s. “St. Christopher’s has over 140 years of experience in this community and has leveraged strong relationships with local organizations and its hospital partners to be where we are today and to help us maintain and strengthen our reputation for providing high-quality care through the addition of the Critical Care Tower.”

Future expansion within the tower will include 50 new critical care beds, the relocation of the Burn Center, Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. St. Christopher’s looks forward to continuing to improve their campus and advance offerings to patients and their families.

This $110 million dollar expansion project debuted the first of its two buildings, the Center for the Urban Child, in early September 2014. The Center for the Urban Child is a community-focused primary care initiative designed to address the issues that contribute to health disparities in children and their families.