Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill Family Birth and Newborn Center Reinforces Investment in Healthy Tomorrows

Pottsville, Pa. (Jan. 17, 2019) – “Those of us who are parents may fondly remember a youngster asking, ‘Where do babies come from?’ Today, the answer to that question in Schuylkill County is the Family Birth and Newborn Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill.”With those words, Thomas Hutchinson, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), joined with health network and hospital leaders, members of the medical community and others to cut the ribbon on the hospital’s newest arrival.

Crews have been working since early July, first entirely gutting the southern wing of the fourth floor of the hospital at the East Norwegian campus to get it ready for all new construction. “There was quite a bit of “labor” involved to bring this new center to fruition,” says Susan Curry, MSN, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at LVH–Schuylkill. “It was a team effort, and the amazing results are quite evident.”

Featured highlights of the Family Birth and Newborn Center:

  • 15,000 square feet, designed with comfort and accessibility in mind.
  • Five labor delivery rooms
  • Two obstetric triage rooms
  • Only a few steps away, an OR suite is available right on the unit for cesarean sections.
  • 9 post-partum rooms where moms receive care after delivery in a comfortable space designed for the whole family
  • General nursery and isolation nursery

“We’ve achieved numerous milestones since our historic merger in September 2016, and we have more to do,” says Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, President and Chief Executive Officer of LVHN. “Today’s progress is part of the commitment we made to create healthy tomorrows in Schuylkill County by investing in the services and programs people in this community need most. At LVHN, we believe that the health care services that can be delivered in a community hospital setting should be delivered there.”

The new Family Birth and Newborn Center at LVH–Schuylkill represents one of the remaining elements of an overall, multi-year campus integration which is designed to align service locations and improve access for those who seek care. Additional components of the campus integration are expected to be completed in February.

Services will begin on the new Family Birth and Newborn Center following all state inspections.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.