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Former St. Luke’s President to Join LVHN as VP, Market Development

Terrence Purcell will guide growth efforts in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne Counties

Most recent St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton hospitals President Terrence Purcell will join Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) as Vice President, Market Development, LVHN announced today.

“Purcell has deep roots in Carbon County, and is passionate about serving his community,” LVHN Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer Edward Dougherty said. “He will be a tremendous steward and leader as LVHN continues to expand its patient care in that region.”

In this newly created role, the Mahanoy City native will guide growth and development initiatives for LVHN in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne Counties. LVHN assumed ownership of two Schuylkill Health System hospitals in September 2016 and continues to expand its services and access to care in the area, including new specialty services in Carbon County.

Purcell began his career in human resources at Hazleton-St. Joseph Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital in Pottsville, today LVH-Schuylkill E. Norwegian St. He joined Blue Mountain Health System as Vice President of Operations in 2006 and was named president in January after its merger with St. Luke’s University Health Network.

“The patients and doctors in this region naturally gravitate to LVHN for its high quality care close to Carbon County,” Purcell said. “I am looking forward to being part of the team.”

Throughout his career, Purcell has served many community organizations, including Hospital Central Services, East Central Area Health Education Center, Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties Workforce Investment Board, Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties MS/MDS Arbitration Board and Mahanoy Area School Board. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wilkes University and his MBA from Bloomsburg University.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.