Riverside Event Showcases Progress Celebrates Benefactors and Recognizes Leadership
Explore St. Luke's Riverside September 14 Event Showcases Progress, Celebrates St. Luke's Benefactors and Recognizes Leadership
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Richard A. Anderson receives special recognition for 25 years of service to St. Luke’s
Bethlehem Township, PA (9/14/2010) – A celebration was held to recognize and thank benefactors of Committed to Caring: The Campaign for St. Luke’s, the network’s fundraising drive that is now entering its fifth and final year. St. Luke’s benefactors, administrators, physician leadership and other invited guests received a close-up look at ongoing construction of the new St. Luke’s Riverside Hospital, Cancer Center and Medical Office Building. Significantly, the naming of the 500-acre site of St. Luke’s Riverside Hospital was officially announced as the Richard A. Anderson Campus.
Tours of the construction were available by way of golf cart tours along the paved road surrounding the complex. Steelwork is complete on the Hospital structure and nearing completion on the Medical Office Building and Cancer Center.
Committed to Caring: The Campaign for St. Luke’s
Over the past four years, benefactors to St. Luke’s have contributed more than $50 million as part of the “Committed to Caring” fundraising drive to support various programs and projects throughout St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, according to the Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Caldwell, Co-Chair, Committed to Caring: the Campaign for St. Luke’s and past Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network. “Of the $50 million raised to date, $20 million has been contributed to St. Luke’s Riverside,” he said.
Rev. Caldwell expressed the importance of encouraging and allowing donors to support a campus or facility within their own community. “Our donors have done just that through their generosity and so today is a day of celebration, exploration and gratitude,” he said. “The support we have received is truly amazing, especially in light of the economic uncertainties that have forced so many of us to think more carefully about what we buy and how we invest.”
David Lobach, Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, praised the campaign efforts and the people who made it happen, “St. Luke’s is a tremendous organization and a wonderful place to make a charitable investment,” he said. “Fundraising also requires strong leadership. I would like to recognize co-chairs of the Committed to Caring Campaign, Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd and Rev. Doug Caldwell, and the dedicated campaign volunteers who have worked so hard to help St. Luke’s achieve such encouraging results.”
25 Years of Leadership is Commemorated
As an expression of gratitude for his leadership, vision and dedication over the past 25 years, Lobach also had a special announcement for Richard A. Anderson, President & CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network. Anderson was named President of St. Luke’s Hospital in 1985. His long tenure in a senior health care leadership role is extraordinarily rare.
“As a Board, we desired to do something to not only recognize Rick’s efforts, but to permanently commemorate them,” said Lobach. “The trustees of St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network unanimously approved the naming of this 500-acre site of the new St. Luke’s Riverside Hospital as the Richard A. Anderson Campus.”
Lobach went on to cite notable achievements during Anderson’s service as Network President & CEO, including a network expansion from one hospital in Fountain Hill to five hospital campuses with the addition of St. Luke’s Riverside Hospital. “When Rick arrived at St. Luke’s Hospital, admissions were fewer than 16,000,” he said. “Since that time, hospital admissions have tripled to over 45,000 network-wide. Back then, emergency room visits numbered 27,000 annually. Today, we are fast approaching 150,000 emergency room and trauma visits network-wide. Back then, St. Luke’s graduate medical education program consisted of three residency programs and 34 residents; today St. Luke’s offers 21 programs and has 157 residents. Even more exciting, the Medical School of Temple/St. Luke’s will welcome the first class of students in August 2011.”
St. Luke’s also has achieved financially stability and growth under Anderson ’s leadership. “Revenues have increased dramatically from $52 million to $864 million over the past 25 years,” continued Lobach. “This has enabled us to make ongoing and considerable investments in leading-edge technology, hospital services, health care programs and facilities, and has enabled us to recruit the best and brightest physicians and skilled clinical and support staff to serve those who live and work in this region. Our success is rooted in Rick’s unwavering commitment, passion, vision and courage.”
Anderson graciously recognized the Board’s announcement. “This is truly an honor; I am honored and privileged to be a part of such an outstanding organization,” he said. “I can’t remember feeling as excited about the future of St. Luke’s as I do today, and I am overwhelmed by this gesture in my honor. Our Board has encouraged us to “dream big” and has supported us in the acquisition and development of this 500-acre site."
Anderson went on to extend special thanks to key groups. “You have heard the expression ‘Alone we can do little; together we can do so much.’ Well, that expression certainly fits today,” he said. “At this time, I want to take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all those who have contributed to the success of St. Luke’s and this project starting with the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, both past and present, who continue to be the wind in our sails on this incredible journey. Thank you Mrs. Hurd and Reverend Caldwell and our St. Luke’s ‘Committed to Caring’ committee members; to Bethlehem Township for your partnership; to our elected officials for recognizing and supporting our vision; to all of our employees, physicians and volunteers for your hard work and dedication; and to our community for placing your trust in us.”
Pine seedlings were available for each guest as a symbol of new and continued growth, healing and prosperity. Guests were also invited to sign a St. Luke’s Riverside banner eventually to be placed in a time capsule. The benefactor’s banner will join additional banners containing signatures and personal remarks from employees and supporters from throughout St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network.
Phase I of St. Luke’s Riverside is comprised of three interconnected buildings that will offer nearly 260,000-square feet of space. Construction of Phase I is expected to be complete in December 2011, with the hospital opening to patients in January 2012. Specialty areas include Orthopedics, an Emergency Department and Surgical Services.