Nations Newest Hospital
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network Opens Nation's Newest Hospital
St. Luke's Anderson Campus Among the Largest Health Care Sites in Pennsylvania
Bethlehem Township (11/11/2011) - In pomp and circumstance befitting Veterans Day, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network celebrated the opening of its Richard A. Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township, currently showcasing the nation's newest hospital, and the first non-profit, acute care, non-replacement hospital in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in more than 40 years.
"I have always believed that at St. Luke's if we can dream it, we can do it," said Rick Anderson, president & CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network and the namesake of the new campus. "And that is exactly what we have done here in Bethlehem Township."
"This extraordinary 500-acre campus; our new hospital, cancer center and medical office building; as well as future facilities we will build here, represent the commitment and expertise of St. Luke's remarkable physicians and employees - people who not only dream big, but understand dreams are the seedlings of reality," continued Anderson. "At St. Luke's, our dreams inspire us; they push us to set our goals higher and higher where there is no room for mediocrity or the status quo."
In addition to a 108-bed acute care inpatient hospital, Phase I of the Anderson Campus also features an interconnected outpatient cancer center and medical office building. Located at the corner of Freemansburg Avenue and Route 33, the Anderson Campus occupies a 500-acre parcel of land considered to be one of the premier development sites remaining on the eastern seaboard. When fully developed, the Anderson Campus will be among the largest health care sites in Pennsylvania.
"There is no better way to open this campus than to proudly raise our flag and hear our nation's anthem, especially on a day set aside to honor our veterans," said David Lobach, Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. "I am honored to serve as Chairman of our Board of Trustees. It has been a rewarding experience-but never more so than today! Every time I visit this site it takes my breath away. It is a spectacular setting and I want to assure all of you that St. Luke's has a keen awareness of its responsibility to develop it wisely."
Anderson and Lobach were joined by family and friends of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network in an official ribbon cutting ceremony today which paid tribute to our nation's military in honor of Veterans Day.
Guests were welcomed onto the new campus by patriotic music performed by Main Street Brass and the national anthem was sung by soprano and St. Luke's employee, Michele Giletto.
St. Luke's Anderson Campus at a Glance
Ceremony attendees were able to tour the new facility which is comprised of three separate but connected buildings. Earlier in October, approximately 3,500 community members toured the campus, remarking on everything from the spacious rooms and superior technology to the warmth of the lobbies and the regionally-focused artwork.
"We embrace this opportunity to build a culture of health care excellence right here on this campus," said Edward Nawrocki, President, St. Luke's Hospital -Anderson Campus. "Here, patients and visitors will find health care of the highest caliber - health care that is personal, accessible and exceptional - in a beautiful, comfortable environment."
The conveniently located hospital features a full-service emergency department, state-of-the-art operating rooms, an intensive care unit and inpatient physical therapy.
Critical to disease diagnosis and treatment, the hospital's radiology department is outfitted with superior radiology equipment from GE Healthcare. A long-standing partnership with GE ensures St. Luke's access to the most powerful, digital diagnostic equipment and treatment modalities, meaning faster, easier and more accurate diagnoses for patients.
Considered a GE show site, St. Luke's Anderson Campus is home to one of only three MRI suites in the nation to feature GEM Suite Technology, a system that maximizes patient comfort while providing spectacular and precise image quality.
Many of the brand-new radiology technologies at Anderson Campus are among the first to be installed in our region, like the low-dose CT scanner which reduces radiation exposure to patients by 50 percent.
In addition, the digital portable X-ray units are among the first 70 in the world. "Without a doubt, the medical technologies from GE Healthcare and Varian Medical Systems are some of the best the world has to offer," said Nawrocki. "And, these world-class technologies are in very capable hands to diagnose and treat disease."
In addition to superior diagnostic capabilities, patients at St. Luke's will also benefit from expert physicians, highly-trained staff and comfortable, soothing surroundings.
"Our promise is not only to provide a great health care experience to everyone who walks through our doors, but an outstanding human experience," stated Nawrocki.
Large windows offer abundant daylight and showcase the natural beauty of the property. While private, spacious rooms feature amenities such as flat screen televisions, fold-out beds for family and spacious, private bathrooms. Patients and visitors will be able to stay in touch and surf the web with available iPads and Wi-Fi capability.
St. Luke's Cancer Center - Anderson Campus
Adjacent to the main hospital, St. Luke's Cancer Center - Anderson Campus offers similar amenities. Outfitted with the most modern equipment available today, the cancer center houses a multidisciplinary team of physicians and clinicians who have trained at some of the nation's most prestigious medical schools and cancer centers including the Cleveland Clinic and Fox Chase.
The cancer center also features a revolutionary new technology known as the TrueBeam from Varian Medical Systems. Faster and more accurate than other cancer technologies, TrueBeam delivers more powerful radiation to fight aggressive tumors with even greater precision.
Cancer patients will also have access to more than 70 clinical trials and a top floor infusion suite for chemotherapy treatments.
St. Luke's Medical Office Building - Anderson Campus
Between the hospital and the cancer center is the St. Luke's Medical Office Building at the Anderson Campus. The building is home to a variety of primary and specialty services, including St. Luke's Riverside Internal Medicine, St. Luke's Bone & Joint Institute, Physical Therapy and St. Luke's Health & Fitness Center. A new St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Center location will be added in December.
Years in the Making
Ahead of schedule and under budget, the opening of St. Luke's Anderson Campus marks a significant milestone for St. Luke's.
"That this new hospital stands before us today is no small achievement, when you consider 500 hospitals have closed in the United States in the past 20 years," stated Nawrocki.
"We wouldn't be here today without the commitment and support of many people. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have contributed to the success of St. Luke's and this project," said Anderson. "Nothing is impossible to accomplish when well-intentioned people work together."
A brief timeline of St. Luke's Anderson Campus -
||Land preparation and initial site work begins.
||Governor Rendell announces $17 million in funding from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
||Road improvements to Freemansburg Avenue begin.
||Vertical construction of buildings begins, creating an estimated 300-350 construction jobs awarded to 45 local businesses.
||Location officially named the Richard A. Anderson Campus by St. Luke's Board of Trustees.
||Medical Office Building and Cancer Center open to patients.
Economic Impact and Future Expansion
In addition to providing quality health care for future generations, St. Luke's Anderson Campus has and will continue to have a significant impact on the local economy for years to come. To date, the project's value is estimated at $175 million.
The hospital, cancer center and medical office building are staffed by 300 new employees with an estimated 100 positions still available.
Furthermore, St. Luke's is committed to investing in necessary road improvements along Freemansburg Avenue to ease any concerns about increased traffic, not only for patients and visitors to St. Luke's Anderson Campus, but also for shoppers to the nearby shopping complexes and residents in the area.
"It is gratifying to see a vision, to see it take shape, to see it rise from the ground, to see it open and also to see all of you here today to share in this momentous occasion," said Kenneth Smith, past Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. "What you see here today started with a vision. In November 2002 - nine years ago, the Board of Trustees requested management find a 25-acre site in the Route 33 corridor for future development. Their vision further manifested itself in what eventually emerged as this 500-acre site."
Built with the future in mind, the current buildings at St. Luke's Anderson Campus utilize less than 50 acres of the 500 acre property and have been constructed to allow for additional expansion. Approximately 450 acres remain for future health care development, providing St. Luke's with a largely open canvas.
"At the groundbreaking, I pledged that St. Luke's accomplishments at this campus - for our community - would be extraordinary," remarked Anderson. "It is here-through hard work, creativity, collaboration, insight and an unwavering commitment to the mission of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network - that we will invent the future of health care in this region."