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Parkettes Gymnasts and St Lukes Orthopaedics

St. Luke's to Provide High-Level Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Services to Parkettes Gymnasts


Parkettes Gymnastics

Photo by Robert J. Ballard

Bethlehem, PA (April 19, 2012) - St. Luke's University Health Network and the Parkettes have signed a five year agreement to name St. Luke's as the official health care provider for Parkettes Gymnastics of Allentown. Under the agreement, Parkettes gymnasts will have access to the full range of orthopaedic and sports medicine services available at St. Luke's University Health Network.

"Many of our athletes perform at an elite, national level," said Donna Strauss, who along with her husband Bill, is Founder and Director of the Parkettes. "We have highly trained, accomplished athletes as well as beginner athletes who need and deserve the best care we can provide for them. We are pleased to partner with St. Luke's to provide our gymnasts with ready access to a full spectrum of expert care, including St. Luke's trainers, orthopaedic physicians, physical therapy and sports rehabilitation therapists and other health care providers as needed."

William De Long, MD"St. Luke's is delighted to partner with the Parkettes to bring leading edge orthopaedic and sports medicine treatment to these highly skilled and dedicated athletes. The Parkettes organization is highly respected throughout the international gymnastic community and has produced a number of Olympic champions over the years. We are pleased to have the opportunity to care for the Parkettes gymnasts so they can continue to meet the challenges of their sport," said William De Long, Chief of Orthopaedics, St. Luke's University Health Network.

Dr. De Long and the physicians on his team at St. Luke's have provided care for a number of high-level athletes and sports teams including the Philadelphia Flyers, where he served as team physician. "We have a depth of experience working with these kind of elite athletes and will bring the full expertise of our entire sports medicine team to the treatment of these young women and men," he said.

More About Parkettes Gymnastics of Allentown

Founded in 1968, the non-profit Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center offers training to gymnasts of various ages and skill levels from novice to the "elite" or Olympic caliber gymnast. Long recognized as one of the country's premier training centers for the sport of gymnastics, the Parkettes have produced Olympic champions and highly competitive athletes including more than 120 students who have earned scholarships to Division 1 schools. Parkettes also is well recognized for its special needs programs, as well as its boys and girls recreational programs that have touched the lives of more than 10,000 area youngsters over the years, starting at age one. Statistics have proven that involvement in sports helps children focus on academics while keeping them physically active. The Parkettes' 38,000 square foot training center in Allentown offers the most up-to-date gymnastics equipment available anywhere for both recreational and specialty gymnastics.

More About St. Luke's Orthopaedics

St. Luke's orthopaedic and sports medicine services include a number of entities within the St. Luke's University Health Network, including St. Luke's Orthopaedic Specialists, an orthopaedic specialty practice with 14 board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons and office locations in Allentown, Bethlehem, Coaldale, Jim Thorpe, Easton, Quakertown and Wind Gap; St. Luke's Primary Care Sports Medicine, a primary care sports medicine practice with office locations in Bethlehem and Quakertown and 22 outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation centers located throughout the region. St. Luke's also offers an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic surgery residency program.


  • Karen Boksan, Director, Network Marketing, St. Luke's University Health Network, 484-526-3949
  • Mary Salerno, Development Director, Parkettes National Gymnastics, 610-433-0011