ORWIGSBURG, Pa. – The public and news media are welcome to get a look inside Schuylkill County’s newest hospital during the Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital Pre-Opening Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Join members of the Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital team for an afternoon of fun on the new hospital campus at 100 Paramount Blvd. in Orwigsburg. Featuring live entertainment, prizes, hospital tours, health and wellness activities and a visit from the Geisinger Life Flight team, the community can see inside the hospital and meet with those who will be caring for them when the new hospital opens.
“A lot of hard work has gone into the hospital construction and planning, and we’re excited to let the community see what we’ve been doing here,” said Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital President Gabriel Kamarousky. “Our mission is to care for the sick and injured and improve our community’s health, regardless of the ability to pay, and we want to show off exactly how we’re going to do that by giving our neighbors a chance to see inside the hospital before it opens.”
More than 200 construction jobs were created through the construction of the 3-story, 130,000 square foot hospital. Currently, over 200 staff have been hired for the hospital. Employee training and orientation will continue into November to allow them to learn the brand-new equipment and the ins-and-outs of the building. An official hospital opening date hasn’t yet been set.
Some highlights people will see inside the 80-bed facility include state-of-the-art medical equipment, private patient rooms and a private patient discharge area.
People will be able to see inside the private patient rooms, including 15 private rooms in the emergency department and the private in-patient rooms on the third floor. The hospital also features a private discharge area, making it more convenient to pick-up a loved one when it’s time for them to head home to continue their recovery.
Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital will be the first hospital to open in more than 90 years in Schuylkill County. The hospital will feature inpatient care, surgery, radiology, lab and additional services including an emergency department, medical/surgical suites and an intensive care unit. The facility is the first time in Pennsylvania history that two health care systems, Geisinger and St. Luke’s University Health Network, have agreed to build and equally co-own a new hospital.
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue of $1.9 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 region’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 health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018. It 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.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.