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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh held a ceremonial groundbreaking event Tuesday to celebrate construction of its new, expanded facility including the new Lemieux Family Center in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh and kicked off the organization’s capital campaign.

Funds raised through the capital campaign, combined with support from other public sources and the sale of the organization’s two current buildings, will support construction of a new facility for The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh.

The new Children’s Home of Pittsburgh facility, which will include the Lemieux Family Center as a result of The Mario Lemieux Foundation’s recent $2 million grant to the organization, will be located at 5324 Penn Avenue in the Friendship area of Pittsburgh.  Designed by Pittsburgh architectural firm Perkins Eastman, the new building will total 63,000 square feet, at an estimated cost of $20 million.

“We have been working towards and anticipating this date for more than two years,” commented William Wycoff, president of the Board of Directors of The Children’s Home.  “The Children’s Home is an asset to Pittsburgh’s world-renowned medical community. We are pleased with the support demonstrated so far and hopeful that others in the foundation community as well as private individuals and the community at large will follow The Lemieux Foundation’s lead in supporting our vision to meet the needs of Pittsburgh area children and their families.”

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh 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. The construction of the new facility will allow for the expansion of The Children's Home’s three existing programs: Adoption, Transitional Infant Care Hospital and Child’s Way, enable the organization to consolidate all of its services to one location, and provide for much needed additional space.  The Children’s Home will also be able to develop and implement a new program – Pediatric Transitional Care – which will provide transitional care, respite and hospice care for pediatric patients who are technology dependent and who may suffer from life threatening illnesses. 

“This is a proud day for us for several reasons,” said Pamela Schanwald, chief executive officer of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh.  “Not only are we looking forward to being able to offer our services to more children and their families, but we are excited about supporting economic development efforts in the city.  Our project will create approximately 50 new jobs in healthcare, day care, social services, operations, and administrative services. It will also create more than 100 construction jobs that will generate approximately 136,000 man hours over a 15 month period.  In addition, our relocation, construction project and increased staff will collectively have a positive impact on city tax revenues and will spur economic development in the region resulting in a direct economic benefit in excess of $3.5 million.”

Mario and Nathalie Lemieux serve as honorary chairs of The Children’s Home’s capital campaign, while Ranny and Jay Ferguson and David and Nancy Malone were introduced as the general co-chairs.  The capital campaign is the first in the history of The Children’s Home that is focused on the entire organization, as opposed to those in the past that were dedicated to a specific program, such as the 1984 campaign to open the Transitional Infant Care Hospital and the 1997 campaign to fund Child’s Way.

For more information about The Children’s Home capital campaign and building project or to contribute, please call 412-441-4884 or visit

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