St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Project Ladybug celebrated the renovation The Center for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders last night.
The renovation of the Xavier 7 unit, providing a child-friendly, cheery, and welcoming environment for young patients being treated for oncologic and blood disorders, was completed in Fall 2012 after over a year’s planning and construction. Funded by private donations and the vision of Project Ladybug founder Dina Manzo, the unit was designed by renowned Pittsburg architectural firm Astorino and constructed by GLP Builders LLC of Lodi. The unit contains newly updated examination and treatment rooms, a newly renovated lobby and hallways, updated office and meeting space, and a gallery of pediatric patient art work.
Architectural services and general construction funding was provided by Project Ladybug, Inc. as well as a generous donation from the Andora Family. The unit’s large infusion room was renovated in 2010 through the efforts of George Oliphant, host of LX-TV’s “George to the Rescue.” The room was designed and executed by Manhattan’s Sweet Construction, whose staff donated their time and materials to bring the project to fruition. Treatment room cabinetry was donated by P.J. Salerno of Salerno’s Kitchens in Saddle River.