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More Funding for Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center

More Funding for St. Luke's Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center

State Rep. Mensch and St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital Announce Additional Funds and Building Progress for St. Luke's Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center

Quakertown, PA (11-25-08) - Today, President of St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital Ed Nawrocki hosted a press conference to announce $250,000 in funds secured through the efforts of State Representative Robert Mensch. The funds will go toward the continued development of the St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center at Rtes. 663 and Geryville Pike in Pennsburg. Mensch’s contribution complements $500,000 in funds provided by State Senator Robert Wonderling in November 2006 to support the economic development plans in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. The discussion highlighted the progress of construction, timeline to opening doors to the public and the impact these new services will have on local residents.

Speakers included Hospital President Ed Nawrocki, Dr. Linda Kurian of Pennsburg Family Practice and State Representative Robert Mensch. After welcoming guests, Nawrocki thanked Representative Mensch and his office for their generous contribution of $250,000 which was allocated for the project from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds.

From left to right: Representative Robert Mensch, Dr. Linda Kurian, Dr. Peter Cianfrani, Dr. Tina Myers (all of Pennsburg Family Practice), Ed Nawrocki, President St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital  

Nawrocki shared his enthusiasm for the project, stating that St. Luke’s broke ground for the 22,000 square foot medical facility in July, 2008. When complete, the multimillion dollar facility will provide additional clinical services to the Upper Perkiomen Valley in the form of walk-in laboratory testing; physical therapy; radiology including walk-in X-ray; dexascanning to measure bone density; mammography; ultrasound; CT; vascular ultrasound; echocardiograms; primary and specialized care. Deemed a GE Healthcare Super Show Site for radiology, all St. Luke’s facilities receive first access to the newest diagnostic imaging equipment available from GE. This facility’s patients will also benefit from St. Luke’s exclusive relationship with GE. Highly trained radiologists will reside on site to review studies and advise treating physicians.

“This modern facility will be a first of its kind design, delivering world class radiology services and medicine in a modern yet traditional setting with the rustic feel of the old Marshall’s barn that once occupied the land. The facility alone will make the new center a place of interest. It will house practices and services in a traditional capacity and we project that the new facility will meet the needs of the residents who until now, had to drive long distances to receive health care services,” Nawrocki stated.

Dr. Linda Kurian spoke on behalf of the physicians and staff at Pennsburg Family Practice on their anticipation of moving to the new location. Kurian shared, “My partners Dr. Tina Myers and Dr. Peter Cianfrani, our staff and I are excited to be part of this project. We are anxious to move into this beautiful new building because of the atmosphere and the convenience it will afford our patients. Consider an elderly person who needs additional tests done but can’t get around easily. We will be able to refer this patient right down the hall. Or take the mom with three sick kids; she too will be able to walk for chest x-rays right on site. Finally, a diabetic with unstable numbers can rapidly get blood drawn and be treated all in the same day and location. The St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center is going to offer second-to-none service and convenience for the folks of the Upper Perkiomen Valley.”

Finally, State Representative Robert Mensch spoke about the project and why the government continues to support St. Luke’s. “My office continues to support St. Luke’s investment in the Upper Perkiomen Valley because this facility will bring needed medical services closer to our residents, offering quality medicine in an accessible, comfortable setting. Additionally, St. Luke’s is spurring responsible development which will create 24 direct new jobs with an annual payroll impact of $1.3 million per year and approximately 27 indirect jobs with a payroll impact of $1.1 million per year. It’s really a “win win” for residents and the region,” Mensch closed.

St. Luke’s expects that over 25,000 patients will receive care annually at the St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center. The facility represents a $9 million investment by St. Luke’s which complements the $40 million St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network has invested into St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital since 1995.

The St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center is slated to open doors to the public in the summer of 2009.