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Future Vision for Hazleton Region

Plans include modernizing existing hospital; expanding services at new health care campus; recruiting more providers

The future for health care in the greater Hazleton area is bright and focused on future needs. In March, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced plans to modernize and renovate the existing Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton on East Broad Street, Hazleton, as well as bring more primary and specialty care providers to the area. The health network also announced its vision for a major expansion of services that will create a health care campus at the existing Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton along the Airport Beltway in Hazle and Butler townships.

“After a long period of assessing the design of the hospital of the future, we began to refocus on designing the health care of the future,” says Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, President and Chief Executive Officer, LVHN. “This plan would allow us to address future needs rather than devoting precious community resources to a new hospital and a care model that is changing dramatically.”

Plans for Hazleton and surrounding area:

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton

  • Modernize and renovate the existing hospital.
  • Provide mostly private patient rooms.
  • Expand emergency department (ED) to provide additional treatment bays and a rapid assessment unit (RAU).

Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton

Expand the campus following a medical mall concept, which will involve the addition or expansion of the following services:

  • Women and children’s services
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Primary care
  • ExpressCARE

Plans also include expansion of services at the Hazleton Shopping Center location. Primary care and obstetrics and gynecology will be added to the existing ExpressCARE and LVPG Pediatric services.

“This is the best direction to go for the future of health care in our region,” says John Fletcher, President, LVH–Hazleton. “It will provide better accessibility to quality health care for all people, patient convenience in terms of private inpatient rooms, state-of-the-art technology, and will set the stage for the coming trend in health care from inpatient care to more ambulatory (outpatient) care and wellness programs.”