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Parents Declare Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital NICU Nurses ‘Simply the Best’

Sarah and Jim Brinckman of Pennsburg were ready for their son to enter the world. The nursery was set up. His take-home outfit was selected.

What they weren’t ready for was Sarah going into labor seven weeks before their son’s Aug. 25, 2017, due date.

They rushed to her obstetrician/gynecologist and were told they needed to get to the nearest NICU. They chose Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Expanding their family in more ways than one

Sarah and Jim’s son Luke James was born the day after labor started. He weighed 3 pounds, 10.5 ounces. Sarah, Jim and the rest of their family were scared for their newest member.

“But with the round-the-clock care we received from the NICU nurses, we not only gained a son, we also gained several aunts in the form of his nurses,” Jim says.

“Without the tender loving care of Deana, Rose, Nina, Kathy C., Sue and several others, Luke would not be where he is today,” Jim notes. “Their calmness, demeanor, bedside manner and terrific knowledge put us at ease, and little Lukey on the way to a great life!”

The right choice

Sarah and Jim made a good decision. The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest was recently reclassified as a Level IV unit – the highest classification available. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, this means the NICU has the ability to provide:

  • Immediate, on-site pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric anesthesia
  • Pediatric medical specialists for complex and congenital conditions

Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital has the only NICU in the Lehigh Valley that meets Level IV standards. The NICU treats 650 premature or critically ill newborns each year.

“Our experienced pediatric surgeons, pediatric surgical subspecialists and pediatric medical specialists are available to our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says J. Nathan Hagstrom, MD, chair of pediatrics at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital.

The network also operates a Level II NICU at LVH–Muhlenberg and a Level III NICU at LVH–Pocono. Both units have urgent access to the medical and surgical subspecialists, as well as the neonatologists, at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital via the neonatal transport team.

To learn more about starting your family at Lehigh Valley Health Network, visit LVHN.org/family.