Allentown News

Published on December 29th, 2017


An Important Message from President & CEO Richard A. Anderson

Dear Fellow Employee,

We start 2018 with great news: We have received final approval from the Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania Attorney General, which means our merger with Blue Mountain Health System, announced in September, will be completed on December 31. Blue Mountain Health System is becoming 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 the Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses and other Blue Mountain entities positions our Network to continue as the greater 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 to expand access to quality health care services for the citizens of Carbon County.

It is my pleasure to inform you that Terry Purcell has agreed to become President of the Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses. He is replacing Drew Harris, who is retiring from his position as President and CEO of Blue Mountain Health System, effective December 31. I would like to personally thank Drew for his outstanding leadership and service at Blue Mountain Health System over the last 12 years, and for playing a critical role in the Blue Mountain/St. Luke’s merger.

Terry has been employed by Blue Mountain Health System for more than two decades, and for the past year he has served as the Senior Vice President of Operations. He is a graduate of Mahanoy Area High School in Schuylkill County and earned a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and an MBA from Wilkes University.

This merger represents a 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/Blue Mountain 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.

I am confident of our success. This is not our first rodeo! We’ve done this before – at Quakertown (1995), Allentown (1997), Miners (2000) and Warren (2012). As we worked together in the above instances with open minds and a sense of mutual respect and shared responsibility, we were able to reinvent these organizations. Today, all are extremely successful, and each is an important component of our Network.

In this spirit, I want you to be the first to know that our merger/partnership with Blue Mountain Health System is official.


Richard A. Anderson
President & CEO

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