Ground Broken for LVHN Sports Performance Center at Schuylkill Haven Area School District
With a faint rumble of heavy equipment in the background, Schuylkill Haven Area School District officials and leaders from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) joined together to launch a new partnership. Ground has been broken for the LVHN Sports Performance Center on the campus of Schuylkill Haven Area School District. School officials began prepping the site for construction in early April.
“We are a small, but very proud school district,” says Scott Jacoby, President, Schuylkill Haven Area School District school board, who spoke at the ceremony. “We take great pride in our academic, athletic and arts programs.” Also, at the event, LVHN was recognized as “The Official Sports Medicine Provider of Hurricane Athletics.”
When complete in early 2022, the new LVHN Sports Performance Center will feature a 30,000 square foot sports performance center with a large turf surface and a divider curtain providing two “cross-court” sized fields. “This surface will be ideal for students for K-12 physical education classes, football, soccer, track and field, cross country, marching band, and cheerleading,” says Shawn Fitzpatrick, EdD, Superintendent of Schools.
Plans also include retractable batting cages available for baseball and softball use. A first-floor weight room and additional second-floor sports performance room will be available for athletes and will be staffed by an LVHN trainer and sports performance coach. A second-story track will feature a high-performance surface for running and walking, available for student-athletes with designated time slots for Schuylkill Haven Area School District residents to use.
“LVHN and Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill are proud to be a partner on this project,” says Bill Reppy, LVH–Schuylkill President. “The impact it will have on students and the general public will simply be tremendous. It is exactly what you would expect from a sports performance center. And we hope it is exactly what you would expect from your Schuylkill County Health Partner, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill, as we advance our mission to heal, comfort and care.”
Also representing LVHN at the groundbreaking ceremony was Brian Leader, Vice President of Orthopedics, LVHN, who structured the partnership, and Certified Athletic Trainer Mike Cerasoli. Stephen Evans, DO, with LVPG Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, also was recognized as team physician.
LVHN includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.