New Bolton Center Expansion to Enhance Large Animal Critical Care

Ground has been officially broken for the state-of-the-art James M. Moran, Jr., Critical Care Center at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center. The facility is named in memory of James Moran, who passed away in April 2008. Major funding for the center was provided by Moran's mother and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The center will have two wings, one with antechambers dedicated to isolation cases, and one for colic cases. The 18,540 sq. ft. facility will be the largest clinical addition to the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals since the completion of the C. Mahlon Kline Orthopaedic Center in 1972. It will be constructed with low-maintenance and durable materials, in keeping with the Chester County farm vernacular. The center will be located on a biosecure area on the service drive at New Bolton Center. It is expected to be completed next year.

"This new critical care center will help ensure that our most critically ill patients have the optimal housing for their care. This will improve treatment of these critical patients at the same time that it will allow their separation from each other and less seriously ill patients elsewhere in the hospital," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the Charles W. Raker Professor of Surgery and chair of New Bolton Center's Section of Surgery.

More than 70 guests attended the ground-breaking ceremony in October, including James' mother, Elizabeth R. Moran, and her five surviving children.

Also in attendance were State Senator Dominic Pileggi, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, the Honorable Art Hershey, and members of the school's Board of Overseers.

"We are delighted to begin construction of the George D. Widener Hospital's cutting-edge facility for high-risk patients," said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "We were honored by the many years of service given New Bolton Center by Jim Moran, and can think of no more fitting memorial than to name this much-needed facility in his honor. In addition, the commonwealth's investment in this facility, announced by Governor Ed Rendell in June 2006, is a gift to the state as a whole, to support the health of food animals as well as horses, as the equine and racing industries in Pennsylvania grow. We are proud to transform this gift into a great benefit that serves the needs of agriculture and horses in the region."

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