Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
16
May
2017
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15:36 PM
America/New_York

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: