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Orwigsburg Family Doctor Joining St. Luke’s Orwigsburg Primary Care
June 04, 2019

A board-certified family doctor, Robert Harkins, MD, has joined St. Luke’s Orwigsburg Primary Care. He will see children, adults and seniors at the practice located at 209 East Market Street in Orwigsburg.

As part of St. Luke’s, Dr. Harkins’ patients will have access to many important and needed services throughout St. Luke’s University Health Network including obstetrics and gynecology, emergency care, heart and vascular services, home health and hospice, neuroscience, cancer care, orthopedics, sports medicine, physical therapy and weight loss. Later this year, the new 80-bed, acute-care Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital will open in Orwigsburg.

Dr. Harkins believes it’s his role to “not only serve as your primary care doctor, but also as a guide to help you understand and deal with both your physical health and the health care system.” As a physician, he said, “I practice evidence-based medicine and I believe it is very important for patients to be able to understand why particular medications or treatments are being recommended or prescribed. I always spend time encouraging my patients to ask questions, and to do whatever they can to help themselves.”

Dr. Harkins has been practicing family medicine in Orwigsburg since 1987. He grew up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Reading Hospital.

To make an appointment with Dr. Harkins, call 272-639-5040. Dr. Harkins provides quality and compassionate preventive care, routine care, and care for acute and chronic health conditions. Same-day appointments and evening hours are available. New patients are welcome.

Outside of work, Dr. Harkins enjoys spending time with his wife and three (grown) children, playing tennis, traveling and exploring new places.


About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.