Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
15:36 PM

New Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Play Area at LVIA Takes Flight

“There’s a lot of fun here, and that’s exactly why Lehigh Valley Health Network is proud to be part of this great play area. It really fits right in with our mission to heal, comfort and care for our community.”
Terry Capuano, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital has partnered with Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) to create a special place for young children and their families to pass the time while waiting for their planes to depart – the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Play Area at LVIA.

“There’s a lot of fun here, and that’s exactly why Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is proud to be part of this great play area,” said Terry Capuano, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for LVHN. “It really fits right in with our mission to heal, comfort and care for our community.”

The play area replicates in miniature a lot of the features found at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest’s campus, as well as other area landmarks, all arranged so kids can enjoy playing with them. Some of the highlights include:

  • crawling under a small Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital
  • climbing aboard a MedEvac helicopter
  • jumping on the back of an ambulance. 

For young children and their mothers, a Mamava lactation pod provides a comfortable, private breast- and bottle-feeding option.

And older children should enjoy the tech bar, where they can charge their mobile devices before they get on the plane.

Charles Everett, Executive Director of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA), said a recent report rating the top amenities likely to appear in North American airport terminals over the next three to five years included nursing mothers’ rooms and pods and children’s play areas. “Today, alongside a strong partner, Lehigh Valley International Airport has the opportunity to cross those two items off the list and continue giving our giving our customers, especially children and mothers, a first class experience.”

Capuano said the “play date before the gate” should be a welcome site for children, as well as their parents and guardians. It’s been designed to help kids enjoy their experience at the airport more in a safe environment.

“Lehigh Valley Health Network is proud to have another opportunity help improve the quality of life in the region at one of the most important of our community resources, LVIA,” Capuano said.

Watch a full video of the press event and unveiling on Facebook

The following video is courtesy of Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA:

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.