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Children’s ER opens at St. Luke’s hospital in Bethlehem


St. Luke’s recently opened the Isaacman Family Children’s Emergency Room at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa.

“This important addition to St. Luke’s University Hospital’s Bethlehem Campus was made possible by a generous contribution from Jared and Monica Isaacman,” said Rick Anderson, president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s University Health Network. “Thanks to their kindness and the commitment to our community demonstrated by the Isaacmans, the Isaacman Family Children’s ER will provide care to children and their families in their time of need.”

The new Isaacman Family Children’s ER features a special waiting area with a soothing environment to allow children to feel as comfortable as possible. Children receive care apart and separate from services provided to adult patients.

The Isaacman Family Children’s ER is supported by an array of pediatric specialists, including board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians, and equipped with a range of special diagnostic and therapeutic tools to meet the unique needs of children. In addition, children have access to on-site therapists with expertise in child development, psychology and counseling. These therapists assist in explaining diagnoses and treatment options to children and their parents using age-appropriate words and concepts.

This past June, St. Luke’s announced the official opening of its St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. The current team of 35-plus pediatric specialists includes the region’s only pediatric nephrologist, only developmental pediatricians and the largest team of fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the area.

The opening of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital was the culmination of several years’ effort to assemble key building blocks. In 2020, St. Luke’s Bethlehem Campus added a $5 million, 8-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), which provides advanced care to critically ill children.

In May 2022, St. Luke’s Pediatric Specialty Center opened, allowing families to coordinate multiple specialty appointments in the same day at one location in Center Valley. Shortly thereafter, St. Luke’s 17-bed pediatric inpatient unit at the Bethlehem Campus was renovated and relocated to include 24/7 hospitalist coverage, support from pediatric trained respiratory therapists and specialty trained pediatric nurses, pharmacists and pediatric surgeons.

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