Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has launched the public phase of a $9 million fundraising campaign to create The Seraph Foundation Pediatric Inpatient Center at Lancaster General Hospital. To date, $6.9 million has been raised.
Dr. Clark McSparren, campaign co-chair; Jan Bergen, LG Health President and CEO; and Hank Spire, campaign co-chair; kick off the campaign at Lancaster General Hospital.
The new Pediatric Inpatient Center, expected to open in late summer 2019, will enable LGH to provide higher-level medical care closer to home for about 300 additional families each year. A larger private-room design will provide space for family members to stay with patients and participate in family-centered rounding with the care team. An expanded family lounge will offer 24-hour access to amenities including shower and laundry facilities, a kitchenette and refreshments. Other features include workspaces with technology to keep parents and teens connected, an interactive play area for siblings and patients, and a meditation room.
In addition to enhanced facilities, a new Child Life program will help children and families understand and cope with illness, treatment, and hospitalization. Child Life specialists will help prepare children for medical procedures, offer distractions, lend emotional support and provide therapeutic play experiences. With over 20,500 pediatric visits to the LGH Emergency Department and current pediatric unit each year, the Child Life specialists will available in both locations to support children and families.
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Cardiology opens three new EP labs and one new cath lab
Ongoing renovation of the Lancaster Heart & Vascular Institute will offer important benefits for both patients and staff.
Phase 1 of the four-part renovation and expansion plan for cardiology on the second floor of Lancaster General Hospital’s Frederick Building is now complete. This phase included building three new electrophysiology (EP) labs and one new Cath lab. Additional work on the space will continue over the next two years.
“This renovation and expansion project will enable the Heart & Vascular Institute to provide state-of-the-art technology, more efficient patient care, and an improved overall experience,” said Neftali Rivera, Director, Invasive Services. “It also positions us well to serve our patients’ needs in the future.”
Construction of a larger waiting area to increase comfort and convenience for patients and families will begin this fall, with expected completion in summer 2019. The final phase, renovation and expansion of the cardiac pre- and post-procedure areas, will be complete in 2020.
Andi Riefenstahl, Manager, EP Services, said the renovation’s benefits to staff and physicians include decreased radiation exposure. A new control area with lead windows is separated from the procedure rooms. This allows staff to monitor activity in the procedure room without the need for heavy lead protective gear and reduces overall radiation exposure.
“Additionally, enhanced technology in the new lab space will significantly reduce exposure to radiation for physicians, patients and staff,” she said. “While we previously took steps to mitigate radiation exposure, this technology enables us to do more.”
The new lab space’s cross-functional nature, as well as cross-training of staff, will increase the type of procedures that can be done in each room, Rivera said. In addition to relocation of some lab space, staff may encounter changes to workflows, restricted areas and surgical attire requirements.
Shell space that is currently empty offers flexibility for future expansion.
“This project will give us the ability to see more patients, and enable the future growth of the Heart & Vascular Institute,” Rivera said.