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Hugh Laurie as Gregory House,

Of all the medical dramas on TV, I'm most addicted to House, the FOX series starring Hugh Laurie as the namesake lead. So I was amused this morning to hear that House's stomping grounds, Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, is, in real life, relocating to Plainsboro, N.J. 

RMJM and HOK are joining together for the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP). Scheduled for completion in 2011, the high-tech facility is costing over $440 million.

The teaching hospital for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will be the centerpiece of the 160-acre campus, which will also include a medical office building, a skilled nursing facilties, a health education center, a fitness and wellness center, a senior residential community and a 32-acre public park.

Other features include self-check-in kiosks, computerized medical records and other digital tools; 238 private patient rooms with large windows and family zones; and sustainable features including 100 percent fresh air, sustainable construction materials and interior finishes, and environmental control systems.

Think the ever-cranky Gregory House would approve?

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