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Congressman Charlie Dent to Reach Out and Read at Sacred Heart Hospital

Congressman Charlie Dent to Reach Out and Read at Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital, a long time partner with Reach Out and Read, is happy to welcome Congressman Charlie Dent to the Sigal Center for Family Medicine, 450 Chew Street, Allentown on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to read to a group of children from the Sacred Heart Pediatric Clinic and the pre-k program at Sacred Heart Regional School.  Dent will read aloud to reinforce how important it is for parents to read to their children. Dent will also give out free books to the children so that they can add to their growing home library.  Sacred Heart President and CEO John Nespoli and Sacred Heart Pediatricians will greet the congressman to support the Reach Out and Read program. 

Since 1998 Sacred Heart Hospital has participated in Reach Out and Read, a program that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by training doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and by giving books to children at checkups from 6 months through 5 years. Through Reach Out and Read, each child starts kindergarten with a home library of up to 10 new, carefully chosen books and a parent who has heard at every health supervision visit about the importance of books and reading.

Sacred Heart Hospital is one of 7 Reach Out and Read Programs in Representative Dent’s Congressional district that participate in Reach Out and Read, providing books to more that 5,808 children annually.  Reach Out and Read serves children at 101 locations across the state, reaching more than 84,347 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers each year. 

Reach Out and Read doctors and nurses distribute over 6.5 million books to more than 4 million children and their families annually at 4,946 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics and health centers in all 50 states.


Sacred Heart Hospital is a 215-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from obstetrics to bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation and behavioral health.services. A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sacred Heart Hospital earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission as well as the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.

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