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St. Luke’s breaks ground for Center Valley pediatric center

St. Luke’s University Health Network has broken ground on a new Pediatric Specialty Center in Center Valley.

The three-story, 37,500-square-feet building in Upper Saucon Township will house multiple pediatric specialties.

“Now more than ever, our families want to stay close to home but still expect and deserve expert care for their children,” St. Luke’s Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Jennifer Janco said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“This building is a commitment to this community to continue to provide top-notch pediatric care to our children. It is the fulfillment of a promise to make access to care easy and convenient, especially for children who need care from multiple specialists,” said Janco.

The specialties to be housed at the center are: Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Developmental, Neurology, Endocrinology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Primary Care, and Pediatric Nutrition.

“The fact that we now have enough personnel and services to warrant our own building is a wonderful achievement, not only for all of us to be able to work even more collaboratively with each other, but most importantly for parents to have the convenience of all of their child’s specialists in one location.” said Dr. Pam Abrams, Pediatric Endocrinologist.

The Pediatrics Specialty Center, scheduled to open in 2022, will be located adjacent to the St. Luke’s Center Valley Health Center, 5445 Lanark Road, and the new St. Luke’s Dermatology building, which opened in November at 5415 Lanark Road.

Carol Kuplen, President of St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, thanked Lanark Partners, owner of the Center Valley site; Boyle Construction, the general contractor overseeing the construction, and Michael Perrucci, Mike Caruso, Sean Boyle, Rob de Beer, Christian Perrucci and Dylan Panebianco.

St. Luke’s Children’s Services Line Manager Jessika Haynos said that the groundbreaking for the Pediatric Specialty Center follows the opening of the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke’s University Hospital in February and the new Women & Babies Pavilion at the St. Luke’s Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township in January. The Women & Babies Pavilion includes a new labor and delivery unit.

“The growth this service line has experienced over the past few years is nothing less than remarkable, and I am so proud to be part of Network that is committed to keeping care close to home for families in this community,” Haynos said.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO From left, Carol Kuplen, Dr. Jennifer Janco, Jessika Haynos and Dr. Pam Abrams at groundbreaking for St. Luke's University Health Network Pediatric Specialty Center at Rt. 309 and Lanark Road, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.