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Pediatrics 5th Anniversary

The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center Celebrates 5th Birthday

There is a special place in Doylestown Hospital where sick children heal, and families are educated and supported.

The Della Penna Pediatric Center is celebrating five years of providing personalized care to young patients and their families.

Since opening its doors in 2014, the Della Penna Pediatric Center has treated about 1,500 patients in a colorful, comfortable and calming environment. These surroundings create a healing setting for some of our youngest patients, and allow our pediatric staff to care for infants through teens and their families. Experienced physicians and nurses work as a team to provide a personal level of care to each patient.

Providing exceptional care close to home remains the goal.

"We are here for the community," says Kristina Elmer, pediatric clinical nurse manager. "And we will continue to grow to meet the needs of families in our community."

Grateful parents often provide positive feedback about the care received.

"What makes this place special is the dedication of the nurses, providing one-on-one attention to each patient and the education they provide to families," Kristina says.

Thanks to the generosity of local individuals, schools and organizations, there are lots of toys, art supplies and books to occupy the young patients. Each patient receives a colorful, hand-made pillowcase for their stay, which they can also take home. A secure playroom offers plenty of diversions.

The Della Penna Pediatric Center services extend beyond the hospital setting. Since 2016, under the leadership of outreach manager Ashley J. Heidler, MSN, RN, CPN, our outreach efforts have included over 230 community programs, reaching more than 15,000 children and family members. Program topics include health and wellness education, nutrition, safety, and more. Doylestown Health continues to collaborate with local schools and youth organizations to provide these services, including the Central Bucks School District, Central Bucks YMCA, Bucks County Children's Museum, Horsham Library, the CB Cares Educational Foundation and the Parent Positive Speaker Series.

Doylestown Health's vision for a thriving pediatric program was made possible thanks to the generous individuals, local businesses, corporations and foundations who supported the construction of the new Center in 2014, including a significant leadership gift from Carol and Louis Della Penna.

Ongoing donations designated for our pediatric program continue to fund vital equipment upgrades and outreach efforts. It is because of the community's investment in our program that we are able to celebrate our 5th anniversary this fall. Doylestown Health is grateful to all who helped to make this possible. If you would like to make a gift to support the Della Penna Pediatric Center, or another area of service, call 215.345.2009.

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About Pediatric Services

Doylestown Health is committed to providing family-centered children's services to Bucks and Montgomery County communities.  The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center offers expert inpatient care to all ages including infants, children and teens. Della Penna Pediatric Center Services extend beyond the hospital setting to include health and wellness education, nutrition services and other support services.

About Doylestown Health Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of Doylestown Health, Doylestown Health Foundation raises funds to safeguard the future of excellence in patient care and improves the quality of life for all members of the community. Now, in the public phase of an ambitious $75 million comprehensive campaign, Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as it approaches its second century of healthcare delivery. Philanthropic support of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health will fund transformational renovation and expansion across the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run campuses and will help chart the course for the next generation of patients, providers, and technology.

For more information, visit the Doylestown Health Foundation website or call 215.345.2009.

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