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Schreiber Pediatric celebrates expansion

A statue of two children releasing butterflies stands outside the new wing of the Schreiber Pediatric Center. (Source: Lancaster County)

The Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development has completed a major addition and renovation project, marking the occasion with an open house on Thursday and ribbon-cutting on Friday.

A new three-story wing provides more than 20,000 square feet of added space. The expansion of the Schreiber Center’s programs in recent years had necessitated leasing space off campus; now, everything can be back under one roof, Schreiber President James DeBord said.

The Schreiber Center’s new physical therapy gym. (Source: Provided)

The center, located at 625 Community Way in East Hempfield Township, has new and expanded facilities for specialized treatment, including a physical therapy gym with state-of-the-art equipment; private therapy rooms a nutrition room and a hearing and vision lab.

The project was budgeted at $12.4 million: $8.9 million for construction; $1.7 million for “soft costs”, such as architectural, engineering and other professional services; and $1.8 million for an ongoing endowment. Groundbreaking took place in fall 2022.

Sam and Dena Lombardo, right, cut the ribbon for the Samuel N. & Dena M. Lombardo Pavilion at Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development on Friday, April 26, 2024. With them are, from left, Ben and Brittany Smith and their son, Grayson; and Schreiber President James DeBord. Grayson Smith is one of the Schreiber Center’s child ambassadors, representing the nonprofit to the community at large. (Source: Lancaster County)

Public funding included $3 million from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and $620,000 in American Rescue Plan Acts provided through county government. DeBord said Schreiber’s capital campaign exceeded its goal by around $600,000; the extra money will be added to the endowment.

The wing is named for local businessman and philanthropist Samuel Lombardo and his wife, Dena, who donated $2.5 million.

The Schreiber Center provides education and therapy for children with mental and physical disabilities. In 2022, it served 2,096 children, for whom 95% had Medicaid as their primary insurer. That year, community support allowed the center to provide more than $2.7 million in uncompensated care.