Gov Corbett Visits St Lukes
Gov. Tom Corbett Visits St. Luke's
St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus Hosts PA Governor for Tour and Economic Growth Discussion
St. Luke’s Anderson Campus President
Ed Nawrocki, (r) shows Gov. Corbett a
current construction project that will
complete another Medical/Surgical
floor in the hospital.
Bethlehem Twp, PA. (1/31/2013) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett toured the St. Luke's Hospital – Anderson Campus earlier today as part of a visit reviewing economic and job growth in the northeast section of the Commonwealth.
“St. Luke's is an important part of the community - vital to the health, safety and economic future of the region," Governor Corbett said.
“We are honored to have Governor Corbett visit with us today,” said Robert Wax, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, St. Luke's University Health Network. “St. Luke's is proud of the economic investments we have made to our community and the jobs we have created. These investments complement the ongoing economic development projects supported by our public and private partners. By continuing to expand hospital services and funding additional capital improvements, we act as a vehicle of development for the region.”
Campus Contributes to the Economic Vitality of the Area
St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus opened in November, 2011 and represented an investment by St. Luke's of nearly $175 million in land acquisition, construction and road improvement costs. At the time, 300 new employees were hired for the hospital, cancer center and medical office building. Today, the hospital employs nearly 500 individuals and expects to hire 150 new employees in the coming year.
“The Anderson Campus is a great success story,” said hospital president Ed Nawrocki. “From the construction of the hospital, medical office building and cancer center to a fully-operational campus, this health care site has contributed to the economic vitality of the area.”
Capital Improvements and Expansion of Services Under Way
So much vitality, said Nawrocki, that construction is underway to expand the hospital's emergency department from 17 treatment rooms to 32 at an expense of $4 million. In addition, plans are in place to develop 30,000 square feet of unfinished shell space on the hospital's fourth floor into 36 medical and surgical patient care rooms at a total cost of $8 million. This expansion will increase the hospital's patient bed capacity from 72 to the full licensed compliment of 108 beds.
Together with the emergency department project and the fourth floor expansion project, St. Luke's will invest more than $12 million in capital improvements to the St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus. This capital investment is in addition to the $175 million originally invested to construct the hospital, medical office building and cancer center in 2010-2011.
St. Luke's is also committed to investing in necessary road improvements along Freemansburg Avenue to ease increased traffic congestion as a result of this growth. Beginning in the spring of 2013, St. Luke's will invest more than $25 million in road improvements along the Freemansburg Avenue corridor.
About St. Luke's University Health Network
St. Luke's University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated Network providing services at more than 150 sites. SLUHN is comprised of six hospitals: St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem, St. Luke's Allentown Campus, St. Luke's Quakertown Campus, St. Luke's Miners Campus, St. Luke's Warren Campus and St. Luke's Anderson Campus. The Network includes: more than 80 employed physician-practice sites and 400 employed primary care/specialist physicians, various outpatient testing and service facilities, home health, hospice services (inpatient and outpatient), the largest hospital-based EMS unit in PA and other related health care organizations. SLUHN provides care primarily in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County, New Jersey.
Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network