Community invited to an afternoon of fun, healthy activities and to see what’s new at Gnaden Huetten Campus.
The community is invited to enjoy healthy activities and to see the improvements to the St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten Campus. An inaugural St. Luke’s Health Fair and Community Day will be held at the Lehighton located campus at 211 N. 12th Street from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Admission is free.
“There has been such a huge transformation at this campus since the joining of St. Luke’s University Health Network and Blue Mountain Health System was announced in September 2017,” says Joseph Pinto, Carbon Region COO. “We’re excited to show it off and for the public to come see what we’ve done in such a short period of time. Anyone who is curious about what’s happening in health care in their backyard should come and find out. They will be impressed.”
Renovations include new floors, lights, painting and the addition of technology. “We’ve also brought in new primary care doctors and specialists,” Pinto said.
John Nespoli, president of the St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton campuses, said in keeping with the theme that “Better Health Care is Here!” the day’s activities will include information on the many services offered by the health system, blood pressure screenings, bone density scans and other health screenings. Activities for kids include a bounce house, firetruck tours and crafts. Free healthy refreshments will also be served.
Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) Option 4.
Pinto said he’s hoping the event will become an annual event and something that residents of the area will look forward to. Eventually, he said, the event will move location to the new campus St. Luke’s is building in Franklin Township.
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.