Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
11:39 PM

LVH–Muhlenberg Family Health Pavilion Provides New Health Care Services for Families, Including Baby Deliveries for the First Time

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) leaders and invited guests today officially cut the ribbon opening the much-anticipated Family Health Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem. The four-story, 161,000-square-foot Pavilion features the Family Birth and Newborn Center on the second and third floors and the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center on the first floor. The fourth floor will be shell space for future growth.

The opening marks the first time babies will be born at LVH-Muhlenberg in the Bethlehem hospital’s 55-year history.

The facility, completed ahead of schedule and under the budgeted cost of $93.6 million, also is the first new building constructed on the LVH-Muhlenberg campus since a 188-all private-room patient tower opened in 2005. LVHN officials anticipate about 2,000 babies will be delivered each year at the new Pavilion, which is creating about 145 new patient care jobs.

“Our hope is this new facility will offer promise and joy for families who choose to deliver at our Family Birth and Newborn Center,” said Mary Bianchi, Vice President, LVHN’s Women’s and Children’s Service Line. “Our promise is that we will do all we can to create a personal birth experience so special that families can’t imagine delivering anywhere else.”

Bianchi says the Center offers what new and expectant moms said they want and expect from a modern birthing experience, including: a mother-baby unit with 20 private suites where moms and babies can room-in together and families can stay; ten labor, delivery and recovery rooms with spa-like bathrooms with options for hydrotherapy during labor; and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with 10 private rooms for babies born at 32 weeks or later.

Terry Capuano, LVHN’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), said patients in the 28-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Center will receive a minimum of three hours of intensive, specialized rehab therapy at least five days a week for approximately two weeks, including physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy. “We know that patients in our community will benefit from these quality services,” Capuano said. “Having inpatient rehabilitation right here means adults won’t have to leave the LVH-Muhlenberg campus to get the short-term rehab they need to thrive.”

Capuano said patients using the Center will be recovering from stroke, neurological disorders, orthopedic injuries, amputations and post-surgical conditions.

Officials also highlighted other amenities the Pavilion offers such as an outdoor courtyard for peaceful respite or which can be used by therapy patients as part of their treatment; a café; a supervised play space for kids; the Grace Shop, a gift shop run by the LVH-Muhlenberg Auxiliary; and a parenting education room where families can learn about child care, breastfeeding, car seat safety, grand-parenting and more.

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 Hazleton, two in Pottsville, and one in East Stroudsburg; 22 health centers caring for communities in five counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab 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, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the region, provides care in 28 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 21 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. LVHN’s 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. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.