The public and news media are welcome to get a look inside Bucks County’s newest hospital during the St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus Pre-Opening Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Join members of the St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus team for an afternoon of fun on the new hospital campus at 3000 St. Luke’s Drive in Quakertown. The event will feature a DJ, refreshments, an ice cream truck, massages, a rock-climbing wall and mobile simulation lab as well as other health and wellness activities. The community can tour the hospital and meet those who will be caring for them when the new hospital opens soon.
“A lot of hard work has gone into the campus planning and construction,” said St. Luke’s Upper Bucks and Quakertown Campus President, Dennis Pfleiger. “The entire team is excited to welcome the community for a preview to see what’s been happening since we broke ground in May 2018. As a lifelong resident of this community, I’m particularly proud to be able to enhance the care of the community for years to come.”
More than 200 jobs were created through the construction of the 3-story, 131,000 square foot $100 million hospital. Medical/surgical and intensive care beds, surgical services and the emergency room will transfer from the Quakertown Campus to the new Upper Bucks Campus. 50 new staff have been hired for the new hospital and approximately 300 full and part-time employees from St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus will transition to the Upper Bucks Campus. Employee training and orientation continues into December allowing them to learn the brand-new equipment and the ins-and-outs of the building. An official hospital opening date should be announced shortly.
The community is invited to experience the patient and family-friendly 80-bed facility on November 16th. The 16-bay emergency room, medical surgical and intensive care units, radiology, operating rooms and interventional radiology will be on display. Upon the opening of the new St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus and its emergency room, the emergency room at the nearby Quakertown Campus will close.
St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus utilized 100% American steel and is the newest hospital construction project in Bucks County since 1973. The hospital is located on a 38-parcel of land on the corner of Route 663 and Portzer Road in Milford Township, and is only a 5-minute drive from downtown Quakertown to the east and 3 miles to the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the west. It is easily accessible by major road systems in the area – Route 309, Route 313 and Interstate 476.
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 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne 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 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 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.