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Anderson Opens Doors to the Community

St. Luke's Hospital – Anderson Campus Opens Doors to the Community

St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus

Becki Pequeno, MD, Anderson Campus
Emergency Department Director, makes a
call to the 911 center to let them know that
Anderson Campus is now accepting
Emergency patients. Looking on are from left
St. Luke's Anderson Campus President Ed
Nawrocki, Dr. Nintin Patel, MD, Monica
Wachnik, PA-C, Dr. Pequeno, Mark Lohman,
RN, CCN Emergency Department Patient
Care Manager, Justin Psaila, MD, VP Medical
Affairs, and Bryan Evans, EMS Liason.

First patients receive care at the nation’s newest hospital days before celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony

Bethlehem Township (11/11/2011) – St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus opened its doors 7 am Monday, November 7, 2011 to patients in need of emergency and surgical services. By noon, several patients had been seen in the emergency room, two of whom were admitted for an overnight stay.

The emergency room staff, radiology, surgical services and inpatient nursing teams have been preparing for this moment for the past year, after countless hours of training and system and process testing.

“Our employees were delighted for the day to have come,” said Hospital President Ed Nawrocki. “It's not every day a team comes together to open a new hospital. There is so much pride and ownership among our physicians and staff. Our employees were chosen for their clinical expertise, as well as for their compassion and focus on teamwork and service."

At 11 am, Director of Emergency Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus, Rebecca Pequeno, MD, called the regional 911 dispatch offices to announce the facility was now open to local EMS (Emergency Medical Services) providers.

“The first day went great, for our patients and for our team,” said Dr. Pequeno. “We started off very busy and we were prepared. Support personnel were on hand in the event that something was overlooked. Every department was on call and responded immediately to any needs we had."

Emergency Department Patient Care Manager Mark Lohman added he was impressed by the community’s response to the new hospital. “Residents from this community arrived at our emergency department almost immediately upon opening,” he said. “They came with serious medical conditions, some of which required hospital admission. We have a highly skilled team of professionals and a world-class medical facility; we are ready to provide the best care and service, and it's exciting to start treating patients."

The first admitted patient was an 86-year-old woman from Bethlehem Township. She arrived with her daughter for abdominal pain and was immediately seen by Emergency Department physician, Mark Reiter, MD. According to the patient, who requested not to be identified, "Dr. Reiter was so kind and thorough. I didn't want to stay overnight, but he told me that I was in the best place and he assured me it was the right decision."

According to the patient's daughter, "Mom was nervous, but once we were seen by Dr. Reiter she relaxed. The facility is so clean and updated; all of the nurses make you feel that you made the right decision to come here."

St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus

Dr. Robert DeQuevedo, anesthesiologist,
talks with Lauren Post, Anderson Campus’
first surgical patient.

The first surgical patient was 18-year-old Lauren Post from Pen Argyl, a college student majoring in biological science. Lauren started experiencing pain and nausea about a week ago. She was diagnosed with gallstones and then scheduled for surgery at St. Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus to have her gallbladder removed. To her delight, she received a call back that the new St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus was opening the day before her scheduled surgery and that she could go there instead. "They told me I'd be one of the first patients, but I didn't know I would be the first one,” said Lauren.

Lauren and her mother Deborah Post decided it was the right place, because it was 15 minutes closer and Lauren could be seen a day earlier. Deborah remarked, "Everything is so beautiful, clean and calming. The service has been great.”

Lauren will need about a week to recover and is looking forward to getting back to school and being pain free.

Chief of Anesthesiology Robert deQuevedo, MD, took care of Lauren during her surgery. Before her case, Dr. deQuevedo shared that he and his fellow physicians, as well as the surgical nursing team, contributed to building the surgical suites from the ground up. "We were all able to have a say in the technology and equipment chosen, the room design and layout. We are operating in the most efficient surgical suites anywhere, and this helps us to provide state-of-the-art care."