New Pediatric Unit Opens at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital
30-bed unit features private rooms, playful designs and comfortable space for families
Lehigh Valley, Pa. (Feb. 6, 2019) – A new inpatient pediatric unit will open at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on Feb. 7. The unit features 30 private patient rooms. It has numerous amenities and features to give kids a comfortable place to get well, and families the space to support their child during their hospital stay.
The new pediatric unit is located at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest on the fifth floor of the Jaindl Family Pavilion. The opening of the unit is part of a plan that will bring services from more than 30 pediatric specialties under one roof at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.
“When a child needs hospital care, it’s a difficult time for families,” Physician-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital J. Nathan Hagstrom, MD, said. “With this unit, we give families peace of mind from knowing they will receive quality care close to home in a place designed for the specific needs of children and their loved ones.”
The new pediatric unit, at 24,000 square feet, has more than twice the space than the previous pediatric unit at the Children’s Hospital. The unit has a friendly environment for kids that includes patient rooms identifiable by colorful animals such as the “Blue Bear” room or “Red Rabbit” room. Each room has a playful design and décor, a sleeper sofa for parents to spend the night, a desk for parents who need to work while supporting their child, and plenty of storage. A family lounge on the unit has a bathroom, shower, and washer and dryer that families can use.
The opening of the pediatric unit is part of the growth planned for the Children’s Hospital following a generous gift from local business owners and philanthropists J.B. and Kathleen Reilly. Construction is underway on a dedicated lobby for Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. The colorful and welcoming lobby will open in the spring of 2019. Expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and development of surgical, child-life and community health services for children also are planned.