Helicopter Equipment Lift at St. Luke's Sacred Heart Saturday Morning

Sept. 6, 2018 - A helicopter equipment lift will be occurring at St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus from 8:00 am to noon on Saturday, September 8th.

The helicopter will place several pieces of HVAC equipment onto the roof of the hospital. The work is part of St. Luke’s University Health Network’s ongoing investment in downtown Allentown’s only full-service hospital – yet another example of St. Luke’s continued commitment to providing area residents with top-notch health care in state-of-the-art facilities.

For the safety of patients, employees, neighbors and the general public, St. Luke’s will be altering access to the hospital during the lift, and some roads will be closed: 

  • Chew Street will be closed between 4th and 5th Streets.
  • The Sacred Heart Campus Main Entrance will be closed.  Enter the hospital from the 2nd floor of the 5th Street Parking Deck.
  • The Chew Street Parking Deck will be closed beginning 2pm Friday, September 7th.
  • The walkway to the hospital from the Chew Street Deck will be closed from 8:00 am to noon on September 8th.
  • N. Penn and Pine Streets will be closed.
  • Radiology and the Lab will be closed.
  • The pharmacy in the 451 Building will be closed.
  • The Sigal Center for Family Medicine will be closed

In the event of an emergency, access to the Sacred Heart Emergency Room will be available from 4th Street.

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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 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 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 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.