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New Pediatric Center Now Open

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital is open 24/7, 365 days a year. The very first patient was impressed with the new center and doted on by the staff.

He loved the Xbox in the playroom.

And the bacon he got with breakfast.

But you could tell by the smile on 10-year-old Jose Soriano Mendez’s face that the nurses were the best.

And they were thrilled to care for the fifth-grader as their very first patient in the new center, which officially opened for care on October 20.

"It was so exciting. This is what we all worked so hard for," said Amy Speigel, RN, clinical manager of The Della Penna Center. "It worked out fabulously."

Jose's mother, Mary Beth Mendez, brought her son to Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Department on Sunday night with extreme belly pain. He was diagnosed with appendicitis and general surgeon Richard Murray, MD performed an appendectomy.

Mary Beth was scared, but glad to receive care close to the family’s Warminster home. In March, her young daughter had appendicitis and went to a Philadelphia hospital. Her appendix had burst and she spent two weeks in the city hospital.

This time, Mary Beth spent two nights with her son in Doylestown Hospital before he was discharged on Tuesday. "I'm very happy we could stay close to home," she said.

Local residents Carol and Louis Della Penna were inspired to provide a generous gift to expand pediatric services at Doylestown Hospital. "Carol and I are proud to be able to promote wellness and good care for our children and grandchildren and for all the families in the Doylestown area," said Louis.

As for Jose, he was feeling better by Tuesday morning and said he actually enjoyed being in the brand new center. As the first of two patients being cared for in the first days, Jose received plenty of attention from the pediatric-trained nursing staff. He beat Kim Bentz, RN, BSN twice in the game of Jenga.

The staff of The Della Penna Center provide not only excellent clinical care to the patients, but also provide age-appropriate activities and diversions. At first Jose was frightened to walk down the hallway, but his fear melted as he neared the playroom. "He forgot he was scared to walk," said Amy. "And it was good for his recovery to get up and walk."

Watch Video: The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital

About Pediatric Care at Doylestown Hospital

Committed to providing family-focused healthcare to the community we serve, The Della Penna Pediatric Center offers private rooms designed especially for kids and round-the-clock care from board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses. When in need of compassionate, quality pediatric care close to home, look no further than Doylestown Hospital.

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