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ORWIGSBURG, Pa. – St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) and Geisinger officially broke ground Thursday on a new acute care hospital near Orwigsburg in southern Schuylkill County.  

The new Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital – built with American steel – will be a fully-licensed, 80-bed hospital with an emergency department and a full range of specialties and services.

The three-story, 120,000-square-foot facility will be located on Paramount Boulevard off Route 61 in West Brunswick Township near Orwigsburg. It is expected to be completed and open in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“Geisinger’s commitment to caring means providing compassionate, comprehensive health care to our patients close to home,” said David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA, Geisinger President and CEO. “We know that many patients are leaving Schuylkill and Berks counties for hospital services.  Our growing partnership with St. Luke’s will not only expand the range of health care services in that community but perhaps, more importantly, will offer greater convenience so that patients, including many of our Geisinger Health Plan members, will receive the care they need right where they live.”

This is the first time in Pennsylvania that two health care systems have agreed to build and equally co-own a new hospital.

Under terms of the agreement, the new hospital will operate under SLUHN and Geisinger as a joint venture, with funding and governance shared equally between the two non-profit health systems. Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke’s will build and manage the hospital. SLUHN and Geisinger, headquartered in Danville, Pa., will both contribute physicians and specialty support staff and expertise.

“A new hospital hasn’t been built in Schuylkill County in nearly a century,” Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital President Gabe Kamarousky said. “The finished product will emphasize the strengths of Geisinger and St. Luke’s providing the best value in health care – the highest quality at the lowest cost – to residents of Schuylkill County and nearby Berks County.”

The two systems enjoy a history of collaboration, including an insurance partnership. Also as of July 1, Geisinger's Life Flight manages St. Luke’s emergency medical air transportation.

Additionally, both organizations have provided services to Schuylkill, Berks and Carbon county residents for years. 

St. Luke’s currently (since 2000) has a hospital in Schuylkill County – St. Luke’s Miners Campus.  St. Luke’s Miners Campus, to which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently awarded its highest five-star rating, is a 44-bed acute care hospital with a Level IV trauma center and 48-bed skilled nursing facility, located in Coaldale.  In Hamburg, Berks County, which is south of Orwigsburg, there are a St. Luke’s Care Now walk-in center, a primary care office, a physical therapy office and a lab.  St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses, which recently joined SLUHN, are located in nearby Carbon County.

Geisinger Orwigsburg’s outpatient clinic on Hollywood Boulevard offers comprehensive primary care for adults and children, including chronic disease management, laboratory, pharmacy and X-ray services. Geisinger offers primary care and specialty services, including outpatient surgery and radiation oncology in Pottsville, as well as primary care offices in Frackville and Mahanoy City.

At its peak, construction of the Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital will employ over 200 construction workers through dozens of contractors, injecting a powerful economic stimulus into the local economy. The hospital, upon completion, will sustain hundreds of permanent, family-supporting jobs.

The Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital is one of numerous, major initiatives underway at St. Luke’s.  Already this year, the Network has merged with Blue Mountain Health System and Sacred Heart HealthCare System. In May, St. Luke’s broke ground on a new hospital in Quakertown. In June, it broke ground on a new Women and Babies Pavilion at the St. Luke’s Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township. Amid these major developments, St. Luke’s has been designated an IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven) 100 Top Hospital in the major teaching hospital category for a sixth time and the fourth year in a row.



About St. Luke’s 
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue of $1.9 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 health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018.  It 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.

 

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Groundbreaking at Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital.
Geisinger. St. Luke's and community representatives break ground for the Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital. Left to Right: Lynn Miller, Geisinger Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations; Dr. David Feinberg, Geisinger President and CEO; Gabe Kamarousky, President Geisinger St. Luke's; Bob Martin, St. Luke's Senior Vice President of Network Development and Chief Strategy Officer; State Rep. Jerry Knowles; and Dr. Samuel Giamber, St. Luke's board member.
Rendering of the new Geisinger and St. Luke's hospital near Orwigsburg
Rendering of the Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital.
Rendering of a patient room in Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital.
Rendering of a patient room inside of Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital.
Rendering of lobby from inside of Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital
Rendering of a lobby inside of Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital.

For media inquiries

Geisinger:
Marc Stempka
814-421-8039 
mstempka@geisinger.edu

St. Luke’s:  
Sam Kennedy
484-526-4134
samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org