Bone and Joint Institute in Quakertown
St. Luke's Announces Plans to Build Bone & Joint Institute in Quakertown
(left to right) Mark Springer, Director of Business Development at St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital; Ed Nawrocki, President of St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital; Jim Albrecht, MD, Family Practitioner with TriValley Primary Care—Western Bucks; Scott Loev, DO, Interventional Pain Management Physician
Quakertown, PA (9-24-08) - St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital announced plans today to build a new 22,000 square foot outpatient center with specialists dedicated to treating conditions of the bones, muscles, joints and neurological systems. The new St. Luke's Bone & Joint Institute will be located at 1532 Park Avenue behind the Pep Boys and Dairy Queen. Construction of the facility is well underway and St. Luke's expects to open doors to the public in the spring of next year. The Institute will house 9 practices and will be the combined effort of more than 20 clinicians in the areas of orthopedics, neurosurgery, pain management, rheumatology, physical therapy, podiatry, physiatry, occupational medicine and more.
According to St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital President Ed Nawrocki, the Bone & Joint Institute is part of a projected 50,000 square foot expansion underway by St. Luke's in Bucks and Montgomery counties. The expansion is St. Luke's response to the growth of the region as well as to space constraints at St. Luke's Hospital in Quakertown at 1021 Park Avenue.
Nawrocki said it is projected that by 2012 there will be 2,600 new residents in the Quakertown area and 1,100 new homes. The Upper Perikomen Valley, which is a major service area for St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital, is growing at 4 times the rate of the state.
Nawrocki went on to say, “Right now, St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital is literally busting at the seams and so to keep our vision alive of making health care easier to use than any other health care institution, we are moving services offsite to freestanding facilities. The Bone & Joint Institute is being designed in a way that truly puts the patient at the center of everything; whether it be a quick visit or care for a chronic condition, people should be able to get the answers they need quickly, make an appointment without hassle and not wait forever once they arrive at the office.”
In addition to the Bone & Joint Institute, St. Luke's recently broke ground for the new St. Luke's Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center, also a 22,000 square foot medical facility in Pennsburg at the intersections of Geryville Pike and Rte. 663. When complete, St. Luke's will bring additional clinical services to the Upper Perkiomen Valley in the form of laboratory testing, physical therapy, radiology, primary and specialized care.
And just next door to the Bone & Joint Institute is the partially renovated St. Luke's Park Avenue Professional Center. This building houses Tri-Valley Primary Care, a group of four physicians who recently moved to Quakertown to be closer to their colleagues and to also serve the growing area.
Combined, these projects will cost in excess of $18 million dollars.
Mark Springer, Director of Business Development at St. Luke's Quakertown went on to say, “The Bone & Joint Institute that you see behind me is a uniquely designed facility, both architecturally and operationally. The hospital is fortunate to work with a complimentary team of musculoskeletal physicians who recognized and sought after the opportunity to provide a complete healthcare experience for those suffering from musculoskeletal ailments. Together everyone does achieve more and this truly is a collaborative effort. This facility was designed with input from all specialties, the hospital, and patients alike. The result is a center of excellence for which we can all be proud. And the services it provides will bring hope, comfort and results to our patients.”
Dr. Scott Loev, a fellowship-trained physician specializing in interventional pain management, spoke on behalf of the physicians who will work at the St. Luke's Bone & Joint Institute. “As a Pain Management Physician, I'm thrilled to be one of the practices joining St. Luke's Bone & Joint Institute. This new outpatient center of musculoskeletal excellence will house top neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, podiatric surgery, interventional pain medicine, as well as physiatry, rheumatology, physical therapy and occupational medicine. We will implement a new team model and approach that will “change health care as we know it.”
There will also be a first of its kind retail experience for patients, whereby turning the inconvenience of a doctor appointment into a one-stop-shopping trip. There will be a complete pharmacy and the Orthopeadic Rx store on site. Patients can receive their prescriptions in an appointment upstairs and pick them up on their way out the door. The Orthopeadic Rx store will house medical products patients can purchase right on site to aid in their healing if prescribed. The store will also house products related to physical therapy and fitness, as well as convenience items. There will be free Internet services available in the onsite coffee shop and an extensive library of resources for patients and clinicians.
Dr. James Albrecht, a family practitioner with TriValley Primary Care – a union of seven offices comprising 29 primary care physicians in Bucks and Montgomery counties, also shared that his practice, the Western Bucks office with four physicians, recently moved into the newly renovated St Luke's Park Avenue Professional Center, adjacent to the Bone & Joint Institute.
He shared, “Our practice has been in the Quakertown community for 15 years and we made this move to expand our medical care and services and to be closer to our colleagues at St Luke's. Being physically adjacent to a center of excellence for musculoskeletal care will certainly improve the ease and the quality of care that our patients will receive. We have worked with and have confidence in all the physicians who will occupy this new space.”
Ed Nawrocki closed by sharing that HealthGrades, the health care industry’s leading hospital ratings organization, recognized St. Luke's Quakertown as Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and for Total Knee Replacement for 2008 and that they just learned earlier this month that St. Luke's Quakertown will again be recognized in 2009 for quality in their orthopedic service line. He publicly thanked St. Luke's Orthopedic surgeons, Nurses and Support staff for providing its patients with world class care. He also stated that last year, St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital recorded its best ever financial year in its 78 year history (saw 15 percent increase in outpatient visits and 33 percent increase in procedures in the operating room). With $4.5 million in operating income, fiscal year 2008 was the best financial year in the seventy-eight year history of St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council reported St. Luke's Quakertown had the second highest growth in net patient revenue amongst suburban Philadelphia hospitals in 2007.