ORWIGSBURG, Pa. – The new Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital, under construction near Orwigsburg and scheduled to open next year, announced it is hiring to fill 200 jobs.
Permanent positions paying attractive, family-sustaining wages and benefits include doctors, nurses, technicians and other workers. All are needed to provide the inpatient care, surgery, radiology, lab and additional services the 80-bed hospital will feature, including an emergency department, medical/surgical suites and an intensive care unit.
“The number one question we’re getting right now is, ‘How can I get a job here?’” said Gabe Kamarousky, president of Geisinger St. Luke’s. “We’ve made a great deal of progress since breaking ground five months ago, and we’re moving one step closer to providing quality health care, jobs and more services to the people of Schuylkill and nearby Berks County.”
Those interested in employment opportunities and in applying for positions can learn more by visiting sluhn.org/careers. Potential candidates will be interviewed at a new hiring center located near the hospital construction site at 1021 Centre Turnpike near Orwigsburg.
Since construction began earlier this year, there have already been about 200 construction jobs created through the building process, an early indicator of the economic benefit the hospital will provide to the community and region.
“Hospitals have a substantial economic benefit in their communities,” Kamarousky said. “What’s great about Geisinger St. Luke’s is we’re not only provide additional employment opportunities in this part of Schuylkill County, but we’re bringing care closer to home. Patients won’t need to travel great distances for the procedures they need or the doctors they want to see.”
The final steel beams were set into place at the construction site last month. Made with American steel, the 120,000 square foot hospital is on track to open in the fall of 2019, marking the first time in Pennsylvania history that two health care systems have agreed to equally co-own, build and manage a new hospital. Geisinger St. Luke’s is the first hospital to be built in Schuylkill County in more than 90 years.
“We are making considerable progress with construction, and I look forward to another historic day next year when the hospital is staffed and opens its doors to care for patients,” said Tom Sokola, chief administrative officer of Geisinger central region.
Geisinger and St. Luke’s enjoy a history of collaboration to benefit patients, including an insurance partnership and the Geisinger Life Flight program managing air medical transportation for St. Luke’s. Additionally, both organizations have provided services to Schuylkill, Berks and Carbon county residents for years.
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.
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.