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New Pediatric Waiting Area

St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus Unveils New Pediatric Waiting Area in Emergency Department

"Mimi's Place" Dedicated in Memory of Long-Time St. Luke's Emergency Department Employee

Annette Puchyr, Matt Puchyr, Lindsey Puchyr, Dan and Judy Puchyr (left to right) take a moment to survey the new Emergency Department pediatric waiting room at St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus. The Puchyr family provided the financial support to create the new space in memory of Brian Puchyr, the oldest of the Dan and Judy's three children, which includes Matt and Lindsey.

Allentown, PA (10/17/2011) - A trip to the emergency department is never fun, but may be especially frightening for a pint-sized patient.

St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus hopes to make being injured or ill a little less scary for young patients waiting in the Emergency Department by providing a dedicated space for children waiting to be seen by medical personnel. The pediatric waiting room, dubbed “Mimi's Place” by St. Luke's, was inspired by the memory of long-time Allentown Campus Emergency Department employee, Mary Yandle. Mary was called ‘Mimi’ by her grandchildren, as well as all the young patients visiting the Allentown Emergency Department.

Her family and co-workers provided the inspiration and initial financial support for this special space and dedicated it on Friday, October 14.

“When Mary Yandle passed away two years ago, St. Luke's employees came together with her family to find a way to honor her,” said Frank Ford, President, St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus. “Because of her ability to calm children and to put parents at ease, we decided to dedicate a special pediatric waiting area with Mary's nickname.”

From Dream to Reality Thanks to Local Construction Company Owner

Mary's family and the St. Luke's staff participated in a number of fundraising activities to start the process.

The dream was made into reality when local construction company owner, Dan Puchyr of Bracy Contracting, learned about the project. Dan and his wife Judy provided the financial resources and Bracy Contracting the expertise to build the new children's waiting area, said Ford.

“Dan and Judy Puchyr embraced this project from the moment they heard about it,” said Ford. “We would not be dedicating this area today without their generous financial support, as well as the work and the supplies that they donated.”

Dan and Judy Puchyr's support came from the heart as a way to honor their son, Brian, who lost his battle with numerous health challenges and with whom they spent many hours in hospital emergency rooms.

Calm and Inviting Space

"Time spent in a hospital waiting room with sick children places a tremendous strain on everyone. Hopefully, this interactive, brightly decorated space will help alleviate some of that burden for families in the Lehigh Valley community,” said the Puchyrs.

Mimi's Place is specially decorated with a fun 'under the sea' décor that includes interactive and educational activities and toys to keep young patients and siblings occupied while awaiting care. The space is designed to be calm and inviting to youngsters and their families.

The staff at St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus Emergency Department provides professional care with the extra commitment and compassion that children (and their parents) need when receiving treatment in the Emergency Department.

Jerome A. Yandle and Michele (Yandle) Rowland), RN, St. Luke's Emergency Department Patient Care Manager, show off a dedication plaque in St. Luke's Emergency Department Pediatric Waiting Room named Mimi’s Place in memory of Mary Yandle, Jerome's wife and Michelle's mother. Donor Judy Puchyr holds a dedication plaque for Mimi's Place, the pediatric waiting room in the Emergency Department at St. Luke's Hospital- Allentown Campus. Dan and Judy Puchyr's donations were made in memory of their son Brian. The donation provided the financial resources and Dan's company Bracy Contracting provided the expertise to build the area, said Frank Ford, Hospital President.

About St. Luke's Emergency Department

  • Annual Pediatric Visits: approximately 18,000
  • Mimi's Place Hours of Operation: 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week


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