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Quakertown Hospital Remains Fastest Growing Hospital

St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital Remains
the Fastest Growing Hospital in a Seven
County Region

Quakertown, PA (7/26/2010) - The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its 2009 hospital financial report. According to the document, St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital (SLQH) has remained the fastest growing hospital in the seven county region of Philadelphia, suburban Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley for the second year in a row.

The PHC4 report included financial information from 167 hospitals. SLQH ranked as the fourth fastest growing hospital in all of Pennsylvania. This growth has allowed SLQH to remain financially strong when 44% of the hospitals reported a negative total margin.

The growth of the hospital and the surrounding community has required St. Luke’s to build two new outpatient facilities. A total of $17.3 million was invested in the Bone & Joint Institute and the Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center. This past year the hospital also renovated 28 patient rooms.

The St. Luke’s Bone & Joint Institute is home to more than ten musculoskeletal specialties including orthopaedics, pain management, neurosurgery, physical therapy, radiology, a full service pharmacy and durable medical equipment. The combination of these specialties under one roof provides a convenient experience for patients with acute or chronic condition.

In 2009, the physicians of St. Luke’s Orthopaedic Specialists were recognized as “Best in Bucks” county for total hip and total knee replacement surgeries with a five-star rating by Health Grades - according to Health Grades, patients treated by physicians with five-star ratings in orthopaedics are nearly 50 percent less likely to have a complications following a procedure.

Also in 2009, the St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center was built to accommodate the growing needs of the Upper Perkiomen area. This 22,000 square foot building provides convenient health care with valley charm. The center includes a family practice, physical therapy and diagnostic testing. Patients can take advantage of walk-in lab and x-ray services and full service radiology including CT scan, bone density testing, digital mammography, and ultrasound. In an ongoing attempt to better serve the community, St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center now offers orthopaedics, Perinatology, and general surgery.

The addition of these outpatient facilities will allow SLQH to meet the future health care needs of the community.