Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital held a ribbon cutting celebration on Tuesday to mark the addition of 20 pediatric inpatient beds, expanding the children’s hospital’s medical-surgical inpatient capacity to 50.
The expansion reflects the growing demand for specialized pediatric care.
“The need for this expansion was emphasized during the recent surge with the increased number of patients who were admitted to our hospital with respiratory illnesses,” said J. Nathan Hagstrom, MD, physician-in-chief of Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. “There is a real need for additional pediatric beds in our community and we are thrilled to expand access to families in our region.”
The 50 inpatient pediatric beds are complemented by other pediatric services at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital including 12 observation beds situated next to the 25-bed children’s emergency room, a 12-bed pediatric intensive care unit and a 40-bed neonatal intensive care unit. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by pediatric specialists and hospitalists who have expert training to care for the unique needs of sick and injured children.