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St Lukes Anderson Campus Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

St. Luke's Anderson Campus Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

Community response to the new health care campus and facility and service expansions are hallmarks
of the first two years

Inpatient Room at St. Luke's Anderson Campus

New inpatient suites at St. Luke's Anderson Campus

Bethlehem Township, PA (11/07/2013) – St. Luke's University Health Network is pleased to announced that St. Luke's Anderson Campus will celebrate its second anniversary on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013. The first new, non-replacement hospital in Pennsylvania in more than 40 years has been enjoying two years of steady growth. According to Ed Nawrocki, President, St. Luke's Anderson Campus, “We quickly realized after opening that our patients love it here as much as we hoped they would. We are much busier than anticipated.”

The $175 million construction project completed in November 2011 includes a 250,000 square foot hospital, state-of-the-art cancer center, and medical office building dedicated to bone and joint, heart and vascular and primary care medicine.

Multiple Additions in Two Years

In response to the overwhelming demand, the hospital recently underwent a $4.5 million Emergency Department expansion, doubling the number of treatment rooms and tripling the staff. Seventeen new private rooms were added to the space for a total of 32, as well as a new CT scanner and diagnostic X-ray. The 11,000 square feet of additional treatment space brings total square footage to 18,000.

In July 2013, St. Luke's Anderson Campus also opened a newly-outfitted medical/surgical floor, increasing the number of private patient rooms from 72 to 108. The $5 million dollar, fourth floor addition provides specialized care for oncology patients. Also included in the expansion was four additional ICU rooms for a total of twelve.

Two other inpatient floors are tailored toward orthopaedic, heart and vascular, as well as general medical/surgical patients. All of the private, inpatient suites are designed around patient comfort – peaceful, quiet, exceptionally clean and with great views, added Nawrocki. Each room is equipped with flat screen TVs, free WiFi service, daily newspaper delivery and iPads. Room service and patient robes are also available. The housekeeping department even folds patient towels into the shape of swans. Another amenity the campus invested in last year is the Anderson Campus Auxiliary Gardens, a two mile walking path, pond with fountain and a gazebo sitting area surrounded by a beautiful landscape. All patients and visitors are invited to visit the Gardens to take a break and relax.

Additionally, the hospital is equipped with four state-of-the-art operating rooms and is already expanding this area as well. The new space will accommodate more outpatient procedures which will allow the original space to be utilized for more complex cases. The experienced surgeons and staff at the Anderson Campus repeatedly rank in the top 10 percent nationwide for surgical outcomes (Fiscal Year 2013, National Health Care Safety Network).

Focus is to Bring the Best Medicine to the Community

Hospital team leaders continue to invest in world-class imaging and procedural technology in order to bring the best medicine to its community, said Nawrocki. In fact, St. Luke's Anderson Campus became the first hospital in Pennsylvania, and one of only about 50 hospitals nationwide, to acquire INTRABEAM Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) to treat early-stage breast cancer. IORT delivers a full course of radiation treatment to the tumor site immediately following breast cancer surgery. IORT can potentially save a patient from having to undergo the typical six weeks of radiation therapy after surgery, by delivering the required dose in just one day.

Furthermore, evidence-based processes have been implemented to ensure the highest quality medicine is delivered with every patient encounter. Rounding as a team, physicians, nurses, case managers and therapists improve communication and patient outcomes. Additionally, upon discharge, hospitalist physicians electronically submit discharge memos to patients' primary care physicians (90 percent are sent within the first 12 hours of discharge). According to Darla Frack, Vice President, Patient Care Services, “Quality medicine is the most important aspect of our jobs. It is the reason we are here.” According to Premier, Inc., St. Luke's Anderson Campus ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide for patient safety and mortality last fiscal year, a testament to the value St. Luke's clinicians place on quality care, said Frack.

Richard A. Anderson, President & CEO, St. Luke's University Health Network, reflects on the past two years with appreciation. “I am humbled by our community's response to the St. Luke's Anderson Campus. Their confidence inspires us. As we continue to grow and evolve, we remain steadfast in our mission—an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured, educate tomorrow's physicians and nurses and improve access to care regardless of one's ability to pay,” he said.

For more information about St. Luke's Anderson Campus, please call St. Luke's InfoLink toll-free at 1-866-STLUKES.


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