St. Luke’s Opens Diabetes Center in Phillipsburg

St. Luke’s University Health Network is pleased to announce the March 11th opening of the Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology–Phillipsburg. The center’s physicians and staff will also see patients at St. Luke’s Warren Campus.

“Diabetes is one of the most serious health issues facing our community and its prevalence is increasing rapidly,” said Bankim Bhatt, MD, Chief of Endocrinology, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “The new center will offer medical services, as well as individual, group and community diabetes education.” It will be located at the Hillcrest Plaza, just off Route 22 and a half mile from the St. Luke’s Warren Campus.

St. Luke’s Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology will be led by endocrinologist Ishita Singh, MD. Dr. Bhatt and endocrinologist Sara Choudhry, MD, will also see patients in Phillipsburg, as well as the St. Luke’s Warren Campus. In addition, certified diabetes educator Kathleen Decker, RD, LDN, CDE, will provide individual and group education.

Ishita Singh, MD

Ishita Singh, MD

Dr. Singh comes to St. Luke’s from Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC, in Virginia. Previously, she completed a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Systems. She completed her residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital in Washington, DC.

New patients are welcome by physician referral. To see a change to diabetes educator or attend a class, patients may have their care managed by an endocrinologist or their primary care physician. For more information, please call the St. Luke’s Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology at 908-847-2050.

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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 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 320 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 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.  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.