A new center established within Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital is attempting to address suicide, abuse, anxiety, obesity and other issues faced by children in the community.
The ribbon was cut Thursday at the Michael & Christine Perrucci Center for Children’s Health and Wellbeing at 707 Hamilton St. in central Allentown. In a press release announcing the opening, LVHN President Brian A. Nester called it “creating a healthier community and proactively meeting the needs of children and their families.”
dr J. Nathan Hagstrom, the chief physician at Children’s Hospital on LVHN’s main campus, said the center will function as “a central hub for resources.”
Public health experts will collect data and coordinate responses to a myriad of problems, including adolescent suicide, child abuse and neglect, the impact of health problems on schooling, childhood obesity, vaccination rates, and the impact of chronic diseases such as asthma and chronic mental health problems such as anxiety and Depressions.
The Perrucci surname is well known throughout the Lehigh Valley. Michael Perrucci is a founding partner in a Phillipsburg law firm with former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio and owner of developer Peron Construction Inc. He also serves on the board of directors of ArtsQuest, the Bethlehem nonprofit that runs the music festival.
The Perrucci name also appears in the intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in his native Phillipsburg. It was named after Michael Perrucci’s parents after he donated an undisclosed sum towards the $10 million unit, which opened in 2015.
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