By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children was set to announce a $110 million expansion at 10:30 this morning.
The expansion will include a four-floor Critical Care Tower with 50 beds, and 60 neo-natal intensive care beds. Saint Christopher’s President and CEO Carolyn Jackson said the project will also create a Center for the Urban Child to address violence, childhood illness and other social ills, like food insecurity.
“We want to be able to have a place where we can teach Mom and Dad how to cook healthy meals and we want to make sure that we appropriately educate. So, we don’t just want to treat the outcome of what happens when you have food insecurity, but we want to treat the symptoms, and help them eat healthier to begin with.”
Jackson said the center will connect families with a nutritionalist and with community programs like Philabundance or the Farm to Families Initiative. The project is expected to create 300 new jobs.