"The Promise" Sculpture

General Facts

  • 128 beds specifically designed just for children. In addition, 10 Pediatric Rehabilitation beds plus 16 Pediatric Psychiatry beds
  • 5 pediatric-only operating rooms
  • 1 pediatric cardiac catheterization lab
  • A pediatric only cancer pavilion
  • The region's only top level NICU (Level 4) and highest level pediatric trauma center (Level 1)
  • The region's only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • The region's only bone marrow stem cell and kidney transplants for pediatric patients.
  • Pediatric oncology care and research center supported by Four Diamonds
  • Been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children's Hospital in eight specialties in 2015-2016.
  • More than 200 pediatric medical and surgical specialists

You'll also see.....

PNC Learning Wall - this interactive wall includes "tree holes" where visitors can watch videos about Pennsylvania wildlife and nature.

PNC Learning Wall - Children's Hospital

Outdoor Garden and Play Areas - patients said they wanted to be able to get fresh air during their hospital stay, so several garden and play areas were included in the design

Garden and Play areas - Children's Hospital

PNC Child and Family Resources Center and The Hershey Company Child Safety Center - this area includes a sibling play area, library, and safety center where staff can assist families with care safety seat checks and other safety demonstrations

Safety Center - Children's Hospital

Jeanne and Edward Arnold Atrium and Performing Arts Center - this space features an interactive video display and stage area for activities and performances. Patients who are not able to leave their room can view the performance area through closed circuit television

Performing Arts Center - Children's Hospital

Family Lounge - Jim George, chair of the Children's Miracle Network Advisory Board, poses in a family lounge funded by Children's Miracle Network. This space on the fourth floor includes a waiting area and kitchenette.

Family Lounge - Children's Hospital

"The Promise" - Sculpture

  • There is the perspective you get from a distance, along the walkways leading to campus or from the parking lot, and there is the new perspective you get when you walk through the natural archways along the base of the piece and look up and around you. The use of natural elements ties in with the theme of the new hospital building itself. The sculpture replicates the intimacy that comes with walking under a broad tree in a park, or sitting under an ivy-covered pergola.
  • This poem, and the sculpture it inspired, reminds us that with every season's change, nature offers us the promise of a new day.
  • The sculpture was designed so that each time a child looks at it they might see new features, like a fish or a bird.  Their perspective will also change depending on their vantage point.
  • Click here to learn more about this sculpture

"The Promise" by Albert Paley

Through nocturnal striated clouds the stars celestial brilliance penetrates the night air
The moonlit path beckons the journey and the promise of a new dawn
In that time of transition in the haze of morning when life stirs anew the wild geese have taken flight
In their wings is held the first of the suns warmth of this new day.