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New Life at St. Luke’s for ‘Retired’ Ambulance

Emergency medical providers in the region now have a “hands on” opportunity to hone their skills and clinical practice thanks to the donation of a “retired” ambulance outfitted to serve as a training ambulance for local emergency medical services.

The generous gift to St. Luke’s Emergency & Transport Services is courtesy of the Easton EMS.

“We are grateful to Joseph Cervenka and the entire Easton squad for this vehicle,” says Mark Lohman, RN, PHRN, Network Director, St. Luke’s Emergency and Transport Services. “As a result of their generosity and vision this ambulance will now have a ‘second career’ helping our ETS/EMS undergo medical simulation training in the field and will also provide an opportunity for paramedics, EMTs and pre-hospital nurses to receive additional continuing education credits.”

The SLETS training ambulance, which will be based at the St. Luke’s Emergency & Transport Services Training Center, will be under the direction of Jonathan Trager, DO, a St. Luke’s intensivist and emergency care physician and ETS educators, Joe Monaco, FPC and Chris Zukowski, PHRN. The service will travel throughout the community to conduct prehospital medicine training to our community EMS partners.       

For more information regarding St. Luke’s training ambulance programs, contact Mark Lohman at 215-538-4539.  

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Media Contact:

Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org

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.