LVHN receives huge gift, renames children’s hospital
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has received one of the largest gifts in its history from local philanthropists and business owners J.B. and Kathleen Reilly. The sizable gift – the amount of which will be kept private per the family’s wishes – will be dedicated to supporting ongoing enhancements to programs, services and facilities of the Children’s Hospital, which now will be named Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.
LVHN has cared for more kids than any other health system in the area since the 1970s. As part of its commitment to the care of children, LVHN opened the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest in 2012. The Reillys’ gift will bring a host of more than 30 pediatric specialties – from childhood cancer to cystic fibrosis – all under one roof.
The Reillys’ gift will fund updates to the hospital’s Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – the highest level NICU in the area – as well as the construction of a new pediatric inpatient unit, complete with 30 private rooms and child-friendly touches, such as doors labeled by colors and animals and spaces for families to play with little ones. The region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) will be expanded to 12 beds with additional spaces for families, and more Child Life Specialists will be hired to help kids cope emotionally while they’re in the hospital.
A new designated entrance for Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital also will be built, and the Children’s ER – the only one of its kind in the region – will grow by 14 beds and open in 2021.
President and Chief Executive Officer of LVHN Brian Nester said, “The Reillys have provided a transformational gift that will dramatically impact pediatric care across our region.”