Allentown News

Published on March 27th, 2018

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An Important Message from President & CEO Richard A. Anderson

Dear St. Luke’s Family,

I want you to be the first to know about another significant and exciting event in the ongoing expansion and success of our Network. St. Luke’s and Geisinger will be announcing a partnership to construct a new acute care hospital in Schuylkill County. Under terms of our agreement, St. Luke’s will take the lead in designing and constructing the facility. This new hospital will be similar to the replacement hospital planned for Quakertown.

This new 80-bed St. Luke’s / Geisinger hospital will be situated on a 34-acre site directly along Route 61 in West Brunswick Township near Orwigsburg, just north of Cabela’s. It will offer a wide range of emergency, specialty and outpatient services. Groundbreaking will be this spring, and the hospital will open by the end of 2019.

Our new hospital will be equally owned and governed by St. Luke’s and Geisinger. While St. Luke’s has agreed to build and manage the hospital, Geisinger, which is headquartered in Danville, Pa., will contribute physicians and other specialty support staff and expertise. The hospital will combine the strengths of St. Luke’s and Geisinger by extending the highest quality and lowest cost health care to residents of Schuylkill and Berks counties.

I am proud, as we all should be, to partner with Geisinger, an organization that enjoys a national reputation for clinical excellence, innovation, a commitment to medical education and a culture similar to St. Luke’s. This joint venture – the first of its kind in Pennsylvania – is grounded in mutual respect and trust. The two systems have previously collaborated on a health insurance partnership that began in 2016. Also, beginning July 1, Geisinger’s Life Flight program will operate SLUHN’s emergency medical air (helicopter) service.

Please take a moment to appreciate how fortunate we all are to be part of an organization like St. Luke’s, which is enjoying an unmatched period of continuous growth and success. Already this year, we have merged with the Blue Mountain and Sacred Heart systems, broken ground for the replacement hospital in Quakertown and been designated an IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven) 100 Top Hospital for a sixth time and the fourth year in a row! Soon we will begin a project to double the size of the Anderson Campus hospital. Our success is occurring at a time when many health systems are experiencing a difficult time adjusting to a rapidly changing and challenging heath care marketplace.

What is the secret sauce? It is our culture – a culture of excellence – embodied by each and every one of you daily! It is your hard work, tireless attention to detail and relentless focus on quality care at the lowest cost that continues to provide the foundation for St. Luke’s growth. I could not be more proud and appreciative of all you do. Thank you, and keep up the great work!

Sincerely,
Richard A. Anderson
President & CEO


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