Artist's rendering of Penn State Children's Hospital addition

Children's Hospital expansion coming Fall 2020

We’re expanding to meet the needs of children and families in central Pennsylvania who count on us for care. The Children’s Hospital is often at or near capacity. As the only children’s hospital between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fully equipped to treat the most severely ill children, Penn State Children’s Hospital must expand our role as the region’s pediatric health care leader.

When complete in fall 2020, the Children’s Hospital will provide more space for a state-of-the-art labor and delivery unit, the highest-level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and exceptional care for children, moms and babies.

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The new Penn State Health Women and Babies Center will provide exceptional care no matter where you are in your journey to motherhood. Our team of community medicine providers, midwives, obstetrics specialists and high-risk maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists offer every level of obstetric care. The center also will feature everything new moms and babies need to thrive together: private labor and delivery, cesarean section operating rooms, pre- and post-delivery rooms and a well-baby nursery.

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The hospital’s expanded Level IV NICU, the highest level of critical care for newborns, will be the most advanced on the East Coast when the expansion is complete. Located on the eighth floor, it features a hybrid-room model with a mix of private rooms and six-bedded rooms, shown to improve babies’ brain development. Board-certified and board-eligible neonatologists will provide expert care 24/7.

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Our Perinatal Program offers support and guidance to families, while providing the best care for mothers and babies when unexpected complications arise during pregnancy and after delivery. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a regional perinatal program providing the most advanced care for mothers and babies.

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Three new floors built atop the current Children’s Hospital will provide more space to help more young patients heal, so the children of our community don’t have to travel across the state for specialized medical care. The new Children’s Hospital will feature:

  • An 18-bed Pediatric Acute Care Unit for seriously ill and injured kids
  • A Pediatric Intermediate Unit for patients who require an increased level of care and closer monitoring
  • Fourteen pediatric patient rooms