Allentown News

Published on March 1st, 2018

An Important Message from President & CEO Richard A. Anderson

Dear Fellow Employee,

I have more great news to share with you since my previous letter to you on December 29th: We have received final approval from the Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania Attorney General for our merger with Sacred Heart HealthCare System, initially announced in September. Effective today, Sacred Heart is a member of St. Luke’s University Health Network! I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the newest members of our St. Luke’s family!

The addition of Sacred Heart further positions our Network to continue as the Lehigh Valley’s leading provider of the highest quality care at the lowest cost. Now the hard work begins. Together, we will work closely with our newest partners at Sacred Heart to expand access to quality health care services.

It is my pleasure to inform you that John Nespoli, the President and CEO of Sacred Heart since 2009, will continue to serve as President of the St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus and will report to St. Luke’s newly appointed Chief Integration Officer Frank Ford. Steeped in the Catholic ethos of caring for others, John’s commitment to Sacred Heart’s legacy in Allentown will serve both St. Luke’s and our community well. I would like to personally thank John for his outstanding leadership and service at Sacred Heart over the last decade, and for playing a critical role in the St. Luke’s/Sacred Heart merger.

This merger represents yet another significant milestone for our Network. I would like to thank the teams from both organizations who have worked diligently to ensure the success of the St. Luke’s/Sacred Heart partnership. In the coming months, our St. Luke’s team will focus on integrating both organizations’ activities and capitalizing on both organizations’ respective strengths so that our patients will benefit from our partnership as quickly as possible.

We have every reason to be confident of our success. As I noted in December, we’ve done this before at Quakertown (1995), Allentown (1997), Miners (2000) and Warren (2012) – and now we are doing it again at the recently added Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses. With open minds and a sense of mutual respect and shared responsibility, together we have been able to reinvent these organizations. Today, all are extremely successful, and each is an important component of our Network.

In this spirit, I wanted you to be the first to know that our merger/partnership with Sacred Heart HealthCare System is official!


Richard A. Anderson
President & CEO

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