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St. Luke's Addresses Growing Demand To Provide Quality Women's Services In Monroe County.

St. Luke's Addresses Growing Demand to Provide Quality Women's Services in Monroe County

Karen Taverna-Miller, MD

Dr. Miller

St. Luke's Providers of OB/GYN
Services at East Stroudsburg:

Elizabeth Dierking, MD
Adriann van Gaalen, MD, FACOG
Christopher Gilbert, MD, FACOG
Ronald Kriner, DO, FACOG
Karen Taverna-Miller, MD, FACOG
Robert J. Sallash, MD
Sherwood Samet, MD, FACOG
Brucinda Kress, PA-C

For an OB/GYN appointment,
call 570-645-1830.

Bethlehem, PA (3/17/2014) -- An advantage of being a teaching hospital like the St. Luke’s University Health Network is that some of the best and brightest students are so pleased with their learning experiences that they continue practicing in the community, according to Joel Rosenfeld, MD, Chief Academic Officer for St. Luke's University Health Network's Graduate Medical Education programs.

A graduate of the St. Luke’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program, Karen E. Taverna-Miller MD, is a perfect example. She chose to stay in the area following her residency at St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem and has now expanded her Bethlehem-based practice to serving women in Monroe County.

Services Closer-to-Home

”Expanding into Monroe County was natural for our practice,” Dr. Taverna-Miller said. “St. Luke’s first offered OB/GYN services in Wind Gap and soon found that women were coming from Snydersville, Brodheadsville, East Stroudsburg and even further north to access our services. We wanted to provide our Monroe County patients with a more convenient location. Now, women can receive St. Luke’s care closer-to-home.”

Situated at 239 E. Brown Street, the East Stroudsburg office is only a half-hour away from St. Luke’s Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township and just minutes from I-80, Route 33 and US-209. Also the home of St. Luke’s Medical Associates of Monroe County, the location offers laboratory services and all-digital mammography and DXA bone density testing.

Advanced Diagnostic and Treatment Services

Radiologist Joseph P. Russo, MD, Section Chief of Women's Imaging, St. Luke’s University Health Network, said in addition to having state-of-art technology, the images are read at St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center by radiologists specially trained in diagnostic mammography. Because these radiologists read a large volume of tests from breast centers throughout the network, they are superbly skilled at identifying abnormalities that a less experienced physician might miss.

"Due to the large number of radiologists experienced in reading mammograms at St. Luke's, we are able to read the images almost in real time,” he said. “Typically, we have the results to the physicians within an hour. This is a huge comfort to the patient and a benefit to the physician.”

Should an abnormal finding be identified, added Martha Thompson, Director of Women’s Imaging, St. Luke’s University Health Network, St. Luke's Breast Health Nurses contact the patient, explain their options and, if desired, schedule any additional studies or procedures that may be appropriate. In many cases, a biopsy can be scheduled at St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center in Center Valley within the same day.

”The expertise of radiologists, technologists and breast health nurse navigators, more so than any technical factors, provides patients with the highest level of care,” added Dr. Russo.

Imaging Appointments

For an imaging appointment, call St. Luke's Central Scheduling at 1-800-801-7745 toll-free.

Meanwhile, the obstetricians/gynecologists provide comprehensive medical care, including:

  • Gynecologic care for women of all ages
  • Infertility counseling
  • Prenatal care
  • Female endocrinology
  • High-risk pregnancy care
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Menopause care

OB/Gyn Appointments

For an OB/GYN appointment, call 570-645-1830. For more information about the physicians or other services within the St. Luke’s network, please see St. Luke’s website or call St. Luke’s InfoLink toll-free at 1-866-STLUKES (1-866-785-8537).


Denise Rader
Director, Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network

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