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Warren Healthcare Plans to Join

Warren Hospital Plans to Join St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network

Phillipsburg, NJ (4/25/2011) — St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, a regional health care system based in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and Warren Healthcare, a health network including a community hospital based in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, today announced plans for Warren Healthcare to join St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network.

For local residents, and Warren's staff and physicians, the announcement was welcome news, ensuring residents of Warren County will continue to maintain the convenience and access of the services of a nearby acute care hospital.

"Warren and St. Luke's have an exciting opportunity to work together in a positive partnership designed to build on the strengths and cultures of both organizations as they continue to serve their respective communities," says David Lobach, Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. “During this difficult and uncertain economic period, it has become essential for responsible health care providers to find opportunities to become more efficient, and partnering is one strategy to do so. Our goal is to ensure the community's continued access to exceptional quality, safe and cost-effective health care services.”

Robert Rumfield, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Warren Hospital commented, “This partnership is undertaken with the interests of our community uppermost in our minds. In this new environment of health care reform, we will best be able to ensure that local residents receive excellent health care far into the future by joining forces with a distinguished tertiary health care system like St. Luke's.”

Both parties have identified numerous goals for the partnership, including integration and investment in information technology. The parties also plan the construction of a new, updated and expanded intensive care unit for Warren.

Tertiary Level Care to Warren County

In commenting on the partnership, Tom Litz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Warren Hospital said, “St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network has been providing tertiary level care to Warren County residents for a number of years. Warren Hospital began exploring educational and clinical relationships with St. Luke's two years ago, and the relationship has continued to grow and evolve. By joining St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, we believe that Warren will be well positioned to enhance the quality of care patients receive at our hospital.”

Highly Successful Record of Working Collaboratively

Richard A. Anderson, President & CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, commented, “Health care is a local issue and, as such, health care services should be easily accessible to the community. Over the years, St. Luke's has achieved a longstanding, highly successful record of working collaboratively and forming successful partnerships with community hospitals that have joined our network, as well as with our Visiting Nurse Association. Our partnerships with community hospitals in Allentown, Quakertown and Coaldale exemplify the benefits that come to a community through the type of relationship we have planned with Warren Healthcare.”

Anticipated Completion in Fourth Quarter 2011

The agreement between Warren Healthcare and St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network has been approved by the Boards of Trustees of both organizations. The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including review and approval by various federal and New Jersey regulatory agencies. The anticipated completion date is the fourth quarter 2011. When completed, Warren Hospital will operate under the name St. Luke's Warren Hospital.


About St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network and Warren Hospital

St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network is a leading provider of health care in the greater Lehigh Valley. St. Luke's provides services at more than 150 locations that span 60 miles north to south and serves more than one million people living in eight counties. Our 1,200 physicians, 7,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide overnight care to 48,000 inpatients a year and hundreds of thousands of outpatients.

As a regional health network and major teaching facility, St. Luke's also has the resources required to train the next generation of health care providers.  Recently, St. Luke's took the lead to address the severe shortage of future physicians. In partnership with Temple University School of Medicine, St. Luke's launched the area's first Medical School campus in 2011.

Nursing students train in St. Luke's School of Nursing - the nation's oldest, continuously operating diploma nursing school - as well as baccalaureate and master's nursing programs in partnership with Moravian College in Bethlehem. For physicians seeking additional training, St. Luke's offers 19 accredited fellowships and residencies.

Warren Hospital is a 214-bed, non-profit community hospital that offers acute inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care, cancer and cardiac care and a wide array of geriatric services. It treats almost 6,000 inpatients per year and more than 29,000 emergency department patients per year. Warren employs more than 1,000 people.

For More Information

Kenneth Szydlow

Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network
484-526-4946

Ayn Carey

Director, Business Development
Warren Hospital
908-387-6320