Moms delivering at Littauer get big send off

Moms delivering at Littauer get big send off

Nicole Skiff looks through her gift bags moments before she leaves.

Pampered gifts are well received

With the opening of the newly renovated maternity center quickly approaching, families who have been inconvenienced by the maternity construction have been given royal treatment by Littauer staff. Littauer has made sure that those mothers delivering during the transition phase do not feel slighted. “Each family has been given a bevy of very well-planned and thoughtful gifts.” stated Kimberly Colvin, Manager of Maternal Child Health. “We wanted to thank them for their patience as we rebuilt our maternity unit.” She added, “We had to relocate our maternity department during the construction phase. It was a huge undertaking.”


“I would say on the whole, few families even noticed the difference.” stated Hospital spokesperson Cheryl McGrattan. She added, “The staff really went the extra mile to make the temporary maternity unit as comfortable as possible. I do know however, everyone is anxious to get into our new maternity unit.” The hospital moved the unit to the second floor in the pediatric area during the renovation phase.

As a gesture of appreciation, families were given a new combination web, video and digital camera, a construction hat for the baby, chocolates and perhaps best of all, a meal to take home. When a family is ready for discharge, a culinary-trained chef arrives at their room with a complete meal to take home in an eco-friendly bag. For the occasion, the hospital chef Rick Wells created grilled chicken penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh bread and chocolate truffles. The meals come with an ingredient list and also reheating instructions. Ms. Colvin notes, “The meals were such a huge hit I think we are going to continue it even after our grand opening.”

Kim Colvin explained, “When we researched the best gifts for mothers, time-and-time again, they said that getting a meal from a neighbor or family member was the best gift of all. And I thought, ‘Well, we have always thought of our hospital as neighborly’ and the idea was born.” The nurses state that mothers are thrilled. Ms. Colvin notes, “It also gives me a certain sense of relief knowing that a good meal is going home with these very nervous and exhausted families.” She concluded, “I do not know of any other hospital in the region that does this.”

And Nicole Skiff would agree. She delivered her baby at Littauer during the renovation phase and she was more than happy to receive the gifts. But according to Nicole Skiff it was the meal that was most meaningful. She explained, “I was thinking, ‘what can I do for dinner tonight?’ and here it is!”

With the renovation phase almost done, Littauer’s President and CEO, Laurence E. Kelly announced last night at a Hospital event, “I am sure we will have a baby in our new maternity unit before Christmas!” Announcements about the grand opening are expected shortly.


Wellness Words July 2009

HealthLink Littauer’s


Submitted by Carol Tomlinson RN BS, Community Health Educator


According to a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, “A lot of people concerned about good nutrition are just watching what they can’t eat – whether it’s fat, sugar, salt or whatever.” That attitude can blind us to all of those foods that we really should be eating more of. It can also lead to missing nutrients in our food and can even lead to dietary deficiencies for even the most conscientious eaters.

The most recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines call for 3-5 servings of vegetables and 3-4 servings of fruit daily. Just a few modest changes to your diet may give you all the nutrients you need. Here are some good ideas from the Hope Health newsletter.


  • Top French toast or waffles with berries or slices of banana or kiwi fruit.
  • Fill an omelet with mushrooms, peppers, onions, zucchini and/or spinach.
  • Add fresh, canned or dried fruit to plain yogurt or cereal.


  • Replace half the meat in a sandwich with extra slices of tomato and romaine or leafy lettuce.
  • Add fruit slices or grapes to any green salad.
  • Make a peanut butter sandwich with slices of apple or pear instead of jelly.
  • Top a baked potato with broccoli or salsa instead of butter or sour cream.
  • Head to a salad bar and fill up on mostly raw, crunchy vegetables.
  • Buy or make a bean burrito stuffed with extra vegetables.
  • Add your favorite chopped fruits and vegetables to tuna or chicken salad.


  • Garnish a fillet of sole with grapes or add pineapple slices to grilled chicken breast.
  • Finely chop any type of vegetable in a food processor, then sauté and add to lasagna.
  • Stuff meatloaf with celery, onions, carrots and lentils.
  • Spray veggies lightly with olive oil and roast them in a 400 degree oven or grill them on skewers.
  • Grill stone fruit like peaches, nectarines and plums for dessert.

Remember, a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables may help lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. The U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid recommends these daily portion totals for adults:

  • 2 ½ Cups of Vegetables – 1 cup raw or cooked, 2 cups raw leafy, or 1 cup 100% juice count as 1 cup. The size of a fist is equivalent to one cup.
  • 2 Cups of Fruit – 1 cup raw or cooked fruit, 1 medium piece of fruit (the size of a tennis ball), 1 cup of 100% juice, or ½ cup dried fruit count as 1 cup.

For more information on good nutrition, contact your health care provider or call HealthLink Littauer at 736-1120. You can e-mail us at or visit our Wellness Center at 213 Harrison Street Ext. in Johnstown, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. We’re celebrating 20 years of being your community health & wellness service of Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home.