Bids went out in January 1970 for the latest addition to the hospital. The bids were opened March 10, general construction being awarded to the Potteiger Company of Reading. Lowest bids on electrical work, etc., were accepted.
The first of June was the great day of groundbreaking. The building which would extend along 12th Street to Elm Street was scheduled for completion in late 1971 or early 1972. Sister Margaret Aloysius lifted the first shovelful of earth. Sister St. Kevin and Mr. G. Raymond Parry also participated. The ground was blessed by Reverend Monsignor Henry Huesman, the Bishop’s special representative. With the Sisters of the hospital were Father Philip, hospital chaplain and priests from neighboring parishes. Sisters of other orders were present also.
August of this year, classes for expectant mothers were begun. Certain exercises, proper food and periods of rest were included in the instructions. Now, husbands would be eligible to join the study of labor and delivery techniques