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Children's Home opens new Friendship center

| Thursday, March 15, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh opened its new home on Penn Avenue in Friendship this morning.

The new building spans 63,000 square feet, at an estimated cost of $20 million. In recognition of a substantial grant from The Mario Lemieux Foundation, The Children's Home today adds Lemieux Family Center to its name.

Home officials said that the addition is physically represented through many family spaces throughout the building, including an enlarged family living area and Austin's Playroom for siblings.

"Our son Austin was born prematurely," said Lemieux in a written statement. "(My wife) Nathalie and I, along with other members of the Foundation, certainly understand and believe in the importance of a place like The Children's Home."

New additions include an expanded 28-bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital that houses the transitional infant care and transitional pediatric care units, which provide continued acute care for infants and children transitioning from hospital to home. The new transitional pediatric care unit will have the first beds dedicated to in-patient hospice care.

"We have been working toward and anticipating this date for some time," said Pamela Schanwald, Chief Executive Officer of The Children's Home of Pittsburgh. "Today signifies the beginning of a new chapter for The Children's Home. In this building we can offer our unique services to more children and families in Pittsburgh, help continue the renaissance of the Penn Avenue corridor, and have a significant impact on our region's economic development," said Schanwald.

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh, established in 1893, is an independent, non-profit licensed organization that promotes the health and well-being of infants and children through services which establish and strengthen the family.

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