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Drone Show to Light Up Philly Sky to Celebrate Opening of Penn Medicine’s New Future-Ready Hospital, the Pavilion

Photography by Dan Schwalm; © 2021 PennFIRST

PHILADELPHIA — Penn Medicine will light up the night sky over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, October 27, with a spectacular show of 300 drones in celebration of the opening of its new hospital, the Pavilion, this weekend. The dynamic light show will be visible from up to five miles from the launch site over Fairmount Park’s Lemon Hill area during two 15-minute shows, which start at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

The drone show will feature interactive components — such as a “QR code in the sky” scannable from up to three-quarters of a mile away, including from the Fountain of the Seahorses behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Lloyd Hall Recreation Center at 1 Boathouse Row — to learn about the transformation of medical care underway in the Pavilion, all leading viewers to a chance to win a Philly sports prize package including game tickets and merchandise for the city’s top professional teams. The prize package includes watching a game with former pro football player Brian Westbrook.

Notable Philadelphia celebrities including pro football stars Westbrook and Jalen Hurts, musicians and more will be part of the effort, sharing messages via social media on how to engage with the show and through videos and animations on the companion website, which will launch at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, and remain open for prize package entries until Nov. 5. Follow @PennMedicine on Twitter and Instagram and the hashtags #PennMed10 and #PennMedicine to learn more.

Penn Medicine’s new Pavilion, the largest capital project in Penn’s history and one of the largest hospital projects underway in the United States, opens Saturday, Oct. 30. The 17-story building, an expanded footprint of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in University City, houses 504 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms. A transformative project that puts medicine on the map as a force for conservation and sustainability, the facility is the largest certified project in the world to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Gold Certification. The $1.6 billion Pavilion is poised to serve as the launch pad for Penn Medicine’s next generation of pioneering advances in patient care.

Editor’s Note: Penn Medicine employees (University of Pennsylvania Health System or University of Pennsylvania-employed) and members of their immediate families are ineligible to win the Philadelphia sports prize package. Full Terms & Conditions are available at

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $8.9 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $496 million awarded in the 2020 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 44,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2020, Penn Medicine provided more than $563 million to benefit our community.