Lehigh Valley Health Network Breaks Ground on New Hospital
By Colin McEvoy on December 7, 2022
The Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has begun construction on a new hospital and health campus in the Lehigh Valley to help meet increasing demand for accessible, convenient emergency room, and inpatient care.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held this week for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Macungie, part of a new health care campus located at 3369 Route 100 in Lower Macungie Township, which is expected to be open by the end of 2023.
“We’re committed to making exceptional health care, including emergency care, more convenient and accessible across-the-board,” said Brian A. Nester, President & CEO of LVHN, said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 5.
“This hospital will provide closer access to emergency and inpatient care for residents where they live and work, when and where they need it,” Nester said. “It strengthens the entire health network for the benefit of our communities and their residents.”
A medical office building, called the Health Center at Macungie, will also be part of the project. The new health care campus will be located at the former Weis Market site on Route 100, right at the border of Lower Macungie Township and Macungie borough.
The new hospital is a type of facility informally known in the health care industry as a “neighborhood hospital.” At about 20,000 square feet, it is smaller than other LVHN hospitals in the region, and includes a full-service emergency room and a limited number of inpatient beds.
David Burmeister, Chair of the LVHN Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, said the neighborhood hospital model will deliver shorter emergency room wait times and favorable door-to-discharge times.
“Patients will receive the same high-quality, compassionate care and exceptional patient experience that have made LVHN the gold standard in the region,” Burmeister said.
The hospital will be a licensed and accredited acute care hospital, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, housed in a state-of-the-art facility. Patients requiring surgery or higher levels of care will be stabilized and transferred to other, larger LVHN hospitals as needed.
Other in-house services available at the hospital will include lab, imaging and pharmacy. Imaging services, including X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan and MRI, also will be offered on an outpatient basis.
“LVH-Macungie fills a need by creating a health care option not currently available in this region,” said John Pierro, LVHN Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “This facility offers more capability than an ExpressCARE, with experience and expertise to treat the same cases that would traditionally be treated and released at a larger hospital, such as Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.”
The Health Center at Macungie, at about 30,000 square feet, will house a variety of medical services, including HNL Lab Medicine, Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) family medicine, orthopedics, cardiology and pediatrics practices.
Additionally, the health center will offer outpatient adult rehabilitation and cardiac and vascular diagnostic testing.
Nester said LVHN is planning several other similar hospitals in the region, and announcements on groundbreaking events for those facilities will occur over the coming months as necessary approvals are secured.
LVHN includes 13 hospital campuses, including four in Allentown, two in Bethlehem, one in Easton. The network also includes 28 health centers, numerous primary and specialty care physician practices, 20 ExpressCARE locations, and several other health care services and locations.
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