The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center – Making a Difference with Kids

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center is an independent, non-profit licensed organization whose purpose is to promote the health and well-being of infants and children through services which establish and strengthen the family. Our three signature programs, Adoption, Child’s Way®, and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital work independently and collaboratively to accomplish our mission. 

Our licensed infant Adoption program, founded in 1893, provides lifelong, comprehensive support services. The Children’s Home supports birthparents, adoptive parents and adopted persons throughout all stages of the adoption process and beyond with placement and supportive services which include: family studies, infertility counseling, post-adoption counseling, pregnancy counseling and support groups and help with research and reunion. Whether a person is facing an unplanned pregnancy, considering adoption, or hoping to adopt, we are here to support their decisions.

Child’s Way®, our Pediatric Extended Care Center, provides peace of mind for parents and caregivers of medically fragile children. Staffed by both pediatric registered nurses and child care associates who provide specialized day care to medically fragile children ages birth to 21, Child’s Way creates a healthful and fun environment. Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Child’s Way provides an alternative or supplement to in-home care. Children enjoy time with their peers while their medical needs are monitored and therapies are received.

Transitioning from the hospital to home can be an uneasy time for parents. At our 24-bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital, families are offered a home-like setting, staffed with a team of medical professionals ready to help families learn how to care for their children’s medical needs on their own. We provide sub-acute care for infants and children, ages birth to 21.

The Lemieux Family Center provides families with amenities to help make the hospital feel more like home. Families can spend time with their infant or child away from the hospital setting in the expanded family living area, which includes: bedrooms, bathrooms, full kitchens and dining areas, living rooms, and an Austin’s Playroom for siblings.

In order to continue expanding our programs, while providing quality care to the children and families we serve, The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center, along with Jameson’s Army, a local non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness on congenital heart disease, will host its first annual fall luncheon. The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lexus Club at CONSOL Energy Center. Our featured speaker and honoree will be Dr. Jennifer Arnold, medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and star of the popular television program “The Little Couple,” on TLC.

Dr. Arnold was born with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, or SED, in which a random genetic mutation causes abnormal collagen formation, which led to her dwarfed growth and orthopedic problems. As a child, Arnold underwent numerous orthopedic surgeries and from those struggles grew a dream and a drive to become a physician. Today, as a neonatologist, Arnold cares for the sickest, most premature babies.

 

Dr. Arnold’s roots are from right here in Pittsburgh. She completed her fellowship at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, and her residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Arnold back to The Children’s Home, where she made her rounds.

 

For more information about The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center or The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon, visit our web site www.childrenshomepgh.org, or contact us at 412-441-4884 or info@chomepgh.org.  Please see our advertisement on the inside back cover.      

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