Through extensive cooperation between county government, law enforcement, area hospitals, and local community groups, child abuse victims will now have access to key medical and treatment services in Lebanon County. A new satellite office of the PinnacleHealth Children’s Resource Center will now provide medical and treatment services to children and families at a Good Samaritan Health System office located at 618 Cornwall Road, Building #3, in Lebanon.
The center represents years of planning involving county Children and Youth Services, Office of District Attorney, Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, PinnacleHealth and Good Samaritan Health System.
PinnacleHealth Children’s Resource Center is the oldest and most advanced child abuse center in the region. The center delivers interdisciplinary treatment including medical examinations, interviews to document suspected abuse, and treatment services.
“Our purpose is to help children and their families during a very vulnerable and emotionally difficult time,” said Lynn Carson, manager of PinnacleHealth Children’s Resource Center. “Our staff has been specially trained to work with abuse victims. We are able to provide medical care and exams with compassion as well as to provide documentation of suspected abuse to the local District Attorney’s office. This allows children to receive the treatment that they require and to enable law enforcement officials to seek out abusers to prevent abuse in the future.”
Lebanon County Children and Youth Services has secured critical funding needed to renovate the office space and to support operations. PinnacleHealth is providing management oversight and clinical staff to conduct exams and treatment. Good Samaritan Health System is supplying the office building and utilities, and also will provide some clinical staff support.
“There are many people who have worked diligently over years to bring this vision to reality,” said Good Samaritan Vice President for Strategic Planning and Marketing William Mulligan. “Although we are saddened that this service is necessary, we applaud all of the individuals and organizations who worked collaboratively on behalf of victims.”
Access to the center will be made by referrals from Lebanon County Children and Youth Services or law enforcement officials. If you have been a victim of abuse, a family member of an abused child, or you suspect that child abuse has occurred, you should call the Pennsylvania ChildLine at (800) 932-0313. ChildLine is available 24 hours daily and trained staff will connect victims and families to local services and law enforcement authorities.