Allentown News

Published on February 6th, 2019

Expanded St. Luke’s Miners Emergency Department

Coaldale, PA _ More patients will be able to receive high quality care more quickly and with more privacy now that the second phase of the expansion of St. Luke’s Miners Campus Emergency Department has been completed. The second phase, which included the addition of 11 new patient beds, was completed at the end of January and the new spaces opened February 1.

The updated emergency department now has 25 beds, almost double what it had been (14). The department also received a second computed tomography (CT) scanner for its exclusive use, and an additional designated room to accommodate trauma and bariatric patients. The expansion included a redesign to improve workflow so that patients can be seen more quickly and in the most appropriate areas.

St. Luke’s Miners Campus has been awarded a five-star rating (the highest) from Medicare for its top scores on quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Its accredited Level IV Trauma Center has been seeing growth for some time and completed the expansion to accommodate its increasing use.

The Emergency Department, which is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, now sees about 20,000 patients a year. From 2017 to 2018, it saw a 16.5 percent growth in trauma cases reported to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF), which accredits it. The Trauma Center is designed to treat the most seriously injured patients. St. Luke’s Miners Emergency Department is also an accredited stroke and chest pain center.

The first phase of the expansion started in early 2017 and took about a year to complete. It included the addition of three patient rooms, another treatment room, and the construction of a Secured Behavioral Health area for patients who are in mental distress that is away from the main part of the unit. The two rooms in this area include a safe bathroom and shower and allow for patients to be continuously monitored.

The waiting area was also upgraded.

Marshall Bowen, Emergency Department Manager, said the expansion was undertaken to make St. Luke’s Miners Campus Emergency Department more patient friendly and to make it easier for staff to provide the highest quality care in a timely manner. “This is all part of our goal to provide the best service and experience possible for the people of Carbon, Schuylkill and surrounding areas.”

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