Pediatric Specialty Care

Re-Opening Implementation Plan

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Guided by our iCARE values- integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence, we are one team dedicated to the value and dignity of every individual. Thank you for entrusting us with your Incredible Kids, as we strive to embody these iCARE values each and every day. Re-opening plans will be determined based on PA State and County re-opening guidelines as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), PA Department of Health (DOH), and PA Department of Human Services (DHS).

Today’s limitations on our daily lives due to the global pandemic is ever-changing and uncertain. While we are all looking forward to implementing these re-opening plans at all of our PSC communities, there is a possibility that the situation at your child’s PSC facility and/or in our community could change, causing re-opening plans to be adjusted again.

PSC’s Re-Opening Implementation Plan will vary from site to site. For information regarding a particular location, please contact the Administrator at the PSC community.

PSC Hopewell, 2900 Johnson Street, Aliquippa, PA 15001 – James Wood, Administrator, 724.371.8096
PSC Philadelphia, 3301 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129 – Ken Molczan, Administrator, 215.621.6155
PSC Lancaster, 120 Rider Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603 – Rebecca Singer, Administrator, 717.394.0882
PSC Point Pleasant, 90 Cafferty Road, Point Pleasant, PA 18950 – Doreen Illis, Administrator, 215.297.5555
PSC Doylestown, 3938 Glen Drive, Doylestown, PA 18920 – Doreen Illis, Administrator, 215.297.5555
PSC Quakertown, 425 Cedar Crest Drive, Quakertown, PA 18951 – Doreen Illis, Administrator, 215.297.5555

Download Pdf of the plan here.
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Pediatric Specialty Care Medical Day at Danville Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Postponed

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Pediatric Specialty Care has postponed the Danville Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled for Monday, March 30th. This was disappointing for our group, but with the ever evolving mandates and restrictions around COVID-19 it was the best decision for Pediatric Specialty Care as well as the Danville community.

We will be in contact as soon as a new date has been selected for the ceremony and look forward to celebrating with the Danville community.

Applications are still being accepted for enrollment for the Day Care program, developed to care for medically fragile and technology dependent children, ages 6 weeks to 8 years old. The official opening date of the center is still to be determined.

For more information, contact Jenn White, VP of Community Relations, 610.574.4299, jwhite@pediatricspecialty.com

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Therapy – Responding to Every Child’s Preferences

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The PSC therapy and programming teams pay special attention to what each child responds to, and diligently create custom recreational therapy plans, maximizing the child’s development potential. Incorporating activities, special events, field trips and outdoor fun. Traditional physical, occupational and speech therapy are all included in PSC’s therapy programs. Art, music, sensory, hand-over-hand, range-of-motion and education – are components of the various therapies available at PSC. Monthly calendars are implemented to incorporate variety, structure and seasonal themes. In addition, PSC strives to ensure the children are maximizing their use of equipment such as standers, gait trainers, picture boards, and other forms of technological therapy tools. The individual sites at PSC create various small groups for the children, so they can participate in therapies within their age and cognitive groups. These small groups help create the foundation of socialization, normalization, personal growth and learning.

To see more photos and learn more about PSC activities, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn Pages.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening in Danville, PA, Spring 2020), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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PSC Medical Day at Danville Installs Unique & Vibrant Youth Art Collection

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Pediatric Specialty Care (PSC) Medical Day at Danville is an alternative/supplement to in-home nursing for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years, designed to be a dependable resource for parents or caregivers who are working or enrolled in school. With programs encouraging growth, development, and peer interaction PSC children are able to meet their fullest potential.  PSC Medical Day blends the amenities of a more traditional day care center – child-sized furnishings and accessories, gym space and outdoor play areas – with high-quality health care management, state-of-the-art medical equipment and qualified caregivers. One of the primary goals of designing the space was not just the physical and accessible attributes, but the visual aesthetics as well. Extraordinary care and planning was taken to ensure the center represented its’ mission, and captured the eyes and hearts of the children and their families each day.

PSC Medical Day is pleased to introduce an exclusive curated collection of wall art to adorn the hallways and rooms throughout the building. In February 2020, Philadelphia, PA-based Fresh Artists will complete the installation of 32 pieces of art donated by Pennsylvania young artists, ranging from grades K-12. 
Fresh Artists has created a national collection of children’s art donated by more than 2,300 K-12 children in low-income schools to deliver art materials and innovative art programs to public schools suffering from cuts in arts funding. Large reproductions of this vibrant art transform the facilities of businesses, who donate funds to support art education in public schools, into warm, inviting, colorful spaces.  It is a unique partnership where the children fulfill a business’ need for interior decoration, while raising funds for future art-making in under-resourced schools. Fresh Artists estimates that in 12 years, more than a million children have been impacted through fresh art materials and innovative art making programs. Fresh Artists believes that “Art has the power to change lives…ALL kids need and deserve a robust art making program in their schools.”

For more information on Fresh Artists, visit www.freshartists.org.

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Did you Know?

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PSC has cared for thousands of children with complex conditions that needed post acute clinical support that otherwise isn’t available in Pennsylvania. Since 2016, we have cared for 843 medically fragile children. PSC’s team includes 90 RNs, 60 LPNs, 130 Nurse Technicians, 50 Respiratory Therapists (RTs). In addition, there is a tremendous focus on enhanced clinical care. Of these 450+ team members, regional roles help create structure and continuity of quality care across all the PSC locations. Regional positions include a Regional Clinical Consultant, a Regional Dietitian, a Regional Therapeutic Environment Director and ​a Regional Social Work Manager​.

A fun fact? Walk through the halls of PSC at Point Pleasant and you will easily identify which staff member you are speaking with. The team color codes their scrubs, so families and visitors can easily recognize staff and their roles.

Whether a stay is transitional, short term or long term, PSC strives to put families at ease, “holding their hands every step of the way.” The team ensures that the right level of care, activities, and training is provided to help children reach their fullest potential.

To see more photos and learn more about PSC activities, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn Pages.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening soon in Danville, PA), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/


Deer Run at PSC Point Pleasant

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BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED Deer Run at Point Pleasant is a 9 bed, beautifully renovated building, as an extension of the main Point Pleasant property. Deer Run was completely remodeled, and is an ideal setting for PSC children as a “stepping stone from hospital to home”.

PICTURESQUE, WARM & HOME-LIKE SETTING Located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, Bucks County-Pediatric Specialty Care at Point Pleasant is conveniently centered between Trenton, NJ to the east, and the historic city of Philadelphia to the southwest. Bucks County is renowned equally for its lush rolling hills and its rich history, as well as its convenience to major roadways along the Northeast Corridor. We are situated on a bucolic, wooded 30-acre campus just above the Delaware River, off River Road (Rte. 32) in Pennsylvania.

PROXIMITY TO TOP HOSPITALS Within an hour’s drive from some of the world’s finest pediatric hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospital, and Children’s Specialized Hospitals in New Jersey.

TRANSPORTATION From River Road, patient families can easily connect to I-95 and to bridges into New Jersey; or, travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 343 Willow Grove and take Rte. 611 North, about 6 miles past Doylestown to our location To access via public transportation, take SEPTA regional rail (R5 line), SEPTA Route 55 bus, or the Greyhound bus, to Doylestown. Free shuttle service to our facility is available for families, by advance reservation.

To see more photos and learn more about PSC activities, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn Pages.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening soon in Danville, PA), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/


Dear “Secret Santa”

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Pediatric Specialty Care has partnered with Elderwood Senior Living throughout Pennsylvania and New York for the 2019 Holiday season to implement a “Secret Santa” program. The Elderwood staff registered to be a Secret Santa, while the staff at six PSC locations helped over 160 children to “write” a Dear Secret Santa letter. Of those 160 children, their ages range from 10 months to age 19.

At PSC, we strive to ensure child experiences are as authentic as possible, regardless of any physical or medical challenges. The Programming staff and Child Life Specialists at PSC ensured all the children could express their wishes according to their individual abilities. Some looked at and chose pictures, some spoke their wishes while the staff wrote them out, some participated in crafts… each “wish” was recorded in a manner as unique as the children are. The PSC staff is so closely connected with the children, parents, and families on a daily basis, that they were able to express ideas for those children who couldn’t.

Another important aspect of the Secret Santa program? Ensuring the various beliefs and religions were recognized, honoring ALL traditions and values of PSC children and families.

For more information or to schedule a tour of one of our six PSC locations, contact us here pediatricspecialty.com or call 877.291.6535.


PSC Fall 2019 Highlights at our Communities

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Community and socialization are integral parts of daily life at PSC. Engaging the children, staff and families brings a sense of togetherness, tradition, routine, comfort and even hope amongst the daily challenge of medically fragile and technology dependent children.

PSC at Hopewell’s 2019 Fall Fest was held on October 12, 2019. The children were entertained with a Pumpkin Patch theme, including crafts, face painting, and pumpkin painting. Families joined in the fun, and everyone enjoyed the pumpkin chili, snacks and treats. The Hopewell team also celebrated Halloween by dressing the children in costumes, setting up “trick or treat” sensory stations, making a craft, watching Halloween movies, and providing treats for staff. The staff costume theme was “food”. PSC Hopewell staff and children also took a field trip to a local pumpkin patch and enjoyed a hayride.

PSC at Lancaster’s Fall 2019 has been an active one! The staff embraced the beautiful Fall weather, taking the children on field trips to the Lancaster Science Factory, Lake Tobias, local fairs, and local shows, just to name a few.

PSC at Philadelphia celebrated the Fall with a family celebration, including a performer, face painting, crafts, and a hay sensory table. The children were surrounded by friends and family, and everyone enjoyed a special lunch and cupcakes. These events are a wonderful opportunity for the PSC children and their siblings to bond. The Philadelphia team also held a Halloween Spooktacular! The dayroom was filled with sensory bins including Jell-O, spaghetti, foam, and kidney beans. The staff incorporated sensory activities with taste tests as a few children enjoyed Halloween cupcakes. Staff and children dressed in costumes and held a dance party with bubbles. Some children were able to go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood/around the building. To finish off the day, the children made “dirt” pudding. The children also took a field trip to Peddlers village to see the scarecrow that they built. They took a ride on the carousel and spent time in the sensory area at Giggleberry fair. The children loved making wishes and throwing coins into the well, riding the carousel, and playing on the fire truck!

PSC at Point Pleasant celebrated Fall with apple picking at Solebury Orchards. The Point Pleasant team also hosted a Fall Festival, a magical day filled with a special visit from Mickey and Minnie.

To see more photos and learn more about PSC activities, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn Pages.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening soon in Danville, PA), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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PSC is a Proud Member of Pediatric Complex Care Association (PCCA)

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In Fall 2017, PSC Philadelphia had the privilege of hosting the 6th Annual Pediatric Complex Care Association Conference, held in downtown Philadelphia. PSC coordinated a tour of nearly 75 pediatric professionals from across the country, showcasing the Philadelphia community in East Falls. It was a wonderful opportunity to network, share the benefits of our PSC communities, and present PSC as an industry leader in terms of “from hospital to home” care for medically fragile and technology dependent children.

This year PSC is pleased to participate once again in the 8th Annual PCCA Conference. The conference brings together providers of care for children with medical complexity, including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners & Nurses, Pediatric Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, Recreation & Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, Speech Pathologists and Special Educators. It is two and a half days filled with excellent learning opportunities and valuable time to network with industry peers. Some highlights of this year’s learning objectives include 1.) Identifying values of data management in influencing quality and clinical outcomes, 2.) Recognizing what is needed for full assessment and what needs to be added to practice better care, and 3.) implementing new systems to improve care for children with medical complexity.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening soon in Danville, PA), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/


Sneak Peak – PSC introduces Medical Day Program in Danville, PA

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Pediatric Specialty Care is excited to announce a new pediatric medical day program in Danville, scheduled to open late Fall 2019. PSC Medical Day at Danville is a specially developed nursing program that meets the needs of medically fragile children, offering skilled nursing in a safe and nurturing environment, while promoting a child’s growth, development and socialization.

PSC Danville will support children with needs ranging from technology dependence of oxygen administration, feeding tubes, IVs, tracheostomy care and/or ventilator management to medication administration, diabetic protocols and seizure management. Children will receive care for up to 12 hours per day (6:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday), from a highly dedicated, consistent nursing team (including RNs, LPNs, child care workers; the Nursing ratio is 1:6; the Child Care worker ratio is 1:3). Children will enjoy developmentally and age appropriate activities and programs. PSC Medical Day at Danville welcomes children ages 6 weeks to Age 8. (For children older that age 8, please contact PSC’s Admissions team.) The space will blend the amenities of a traditional day care program – child-sized furnishings and accessories, gym space and a wheelchair accessible playground, with state-of-the-art medical equipment for technology dependent children.

In collaboration with the child’s primary care physician, an individualized care plan is developed for each child. Ongoing assessments and daily summaries enhance communication between PSC staff and parents/guardians. In addition, PSC Medical Day at Danville will have a Medical Director to provide program supervision and oversight. Meals are provided, including lunch and snacks, with accommodation as needed for special diets.

The services offered by PSC Medical Day are funded by insurance, both commercial plans and Medicaid. Services must be prescribed by the child’s primary care physician, and the child must be medically and/or technology dependent, and the child’s primary caretakers must be employed or attending school. PSC Medical Day is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center (PPECC).

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of PSC Medical Day at Danville (once the center is open) or one of PSC’s other 6 Pennsylvania locations, contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/