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Steve Carlton Makes a Special Appearance in Bethlehem
April 11, 2017

Bethlehem, PA (04/11/2017)- Baseball was in the air in Bethlehem on Saturday, April 8 as Hall of famer and four-time Cy Young award winner Steve Carlton made a special appearance at the Moravian | St. Luke’s Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center open house.

Carlton talked baseball including his sometimes unorthodox conditioning and training routines, different pitching styles, and how pitching has changed over the years on St. Luke’s Sports Medicine Round-Up. The ESPN program was broadcast live with host Mike Raymond and fellow guests, St. Luke’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Heckman and physical therapist Howie Knudson.

Carlton truly enjoys teaching young ball players the skills of the game. Following the radio program, he gave personal instruction to close to 40 Babe Ruth and District XI pitchers from the area, showing them different grips, proper mechanics and throwing techniques to improve accuracy and avoid injury. Some of the coaches commented “It was the best instruction our kids ever received.” 


Athletes, coaches and parents attending the open house had an opportunity to meet with St. Luke’s athletic trainers and physical therapists. They also were able to check out the advanced rehabilitation technologies offered the center, including the Alter G anti-gravity treadmill, LightForce Laser Therapy, EPAT shockwave therapy and the Biodex Balance System.

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated and nationally recognized network providing services at seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites. The network’s service area includes Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren County in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing health education, St. Luke’s operates the nation’s oldest School of Nursing and 22 graduate medical educational programs and is considered a major teaching hospital, the only one in the region. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first Medical School. Repeatedly, including 2017, St. Luke’s has earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation as well as 50 Top Cardiovascular program in addition to other honors for clinical excellence. St. Luke’s is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as electronic medical records, telehealth, online scheduling and pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers in comparison to major teaching hospitals and other health systems