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PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHThe reception area of a new inpatient pediatric unit is open at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHThe reception area of a new inpatient pediatric unit is open at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital.
In a bit of whimsy to help keep the hospital-stay stress for young pediatric patients at a lower level, doors to patient rooms have outlines of animals whose names start with the same initial letter as the color of the room’s portal. Yellow’s animal is a yellow Labrador retriever. In a bit of whimsy to help keep the hospital-stay stress for young pediatric patients at a lower level, doors to patient rooms have outlines of animals whose names start with the same initial letter as the color of the room’s portal. Yellow’s animal is a yellow Labrador retriever.
A play area in the new pediatric unit at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital can provide an area for family activities for siblings while adults visit with young patients. A play area in the new pediatric unit at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital can provide an area for family activities for siblings while adults visit with young patients.
A refreshment area provides for family needs during long visits with young pediatric patients in the new pediatric unit which opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. A refreshment area provides for family needs during long visits with young pediatric patients in the new pediatric unit which opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.
J. Nathan Hagstrom, M.D., physician-in-chief at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, stands in a treatment room in the new pediatric unit which opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. J. Nathan Hagstrom, M.D., physician-in-chief at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, stands in a treatment room in the new pediatric unit which opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.
Construction, underway at the Fred Jaindl Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus, will provide a main lobby area leading to the new Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital pediatric unit which last week opened on the fifth floor of the pavilion. Construction, underway at the Fred Jaindl Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus, will provide a main lobby area leading to the new Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital pediatric unit which last week opened on the fifth floor of the pavilion.

LEHIGH VALLEY REILLY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

New pediatric unit opens

A new inpatient pediatric unit opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor of the Fred Jaindl Family Pavilion on the Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus.

The unit features 30 private rooms and has a number of amenities and features designed to give young patients a comforting place to get well and families space to support young patients during their hospital stay.

The opening of the unit is part of a plan that will bring services from more than 30 pediatric specialties under one roof at the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.

“It’s a difficult time for families when a child needs hospital care,” J. Nathan Hagstrom, physician-in-chief for the children’s hospital, said at a special media tour of the new unit Feb. 6, the day before patients moved into the unit. “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 of the previous pediatric unit at the children’s hospital. The new unit was designed to have a child-friendly environment that includes patient rooms identifiable by colorful animals such as the “Blue Bear” room or “Red Rabbit” room. The animals are outlined on the room doors in the same color as the paint on the portal, the color of which begins with the initial letter of the animal’s name.

Each room has a sleeper sofa for parents to spend the night and a desk for parents who need to work while supporting their child. A family lounge on the unit has a bathroom, shower, washer and dryer, refrigerator and refreshment area which families can use and a computer area is available.

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 that will open in the spring of this year.

Expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care unit and development of surgical and community health services for children also are planned.