Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
13:01 PM

LVHN Acquires APTS Patient Transport Services

Lehigh Valley, Pa. (June 25, 2018) – Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced today it will acquire the Hazleton-based American Patient Transport Systems, Inc. (APTS) effective July 15, 2018.

APTS is an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) company which employs about 100 people and operates a fleet of almost 30 ambulances and non-emergency stretcher/wheelchair vans. It is based on East Holly St. in Hazleton, Luzerne County, and has a second location in Pottsville, Schuylkill County.

“We are excited that this opportunity was presented to us,” said John Fletcher, President, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton. “APTS has been a valued partner with our hospital and has provided a valuable service to our community for many years. We want to ensure our community that there will be no change to these services under the new arrangement.”

Fletcher said LVH-Hazleton and APTS have worked well together for many years since APTS serves the Greater Hazleton area as the primary 911 provider for the region. Under the new arrangement, APTS staff and equipment will come under the LVHN umbrella as a subsidiary of LVH–Hazleton.

Fletcher said APTS services under LVHN will be business as usual with no significant changes in staffing or operations anticipated. “The ever changing health care landscape continues to present new challenges and has opened the door to new collaborations and partnerships. We plan to continue the important patient transport and life-saving care that APTS has provided for so many years. This is a new service for LVHN and we are excited to embark on this venture.”

“We are pleased to announce the sale of APTS to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton,” said Dr. William Pavlick, President, APTS. “We are confident that this transaction will be of great benefit to our employees and to the residents and customers served by APTS. We are certain that Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton will continue to build upon our history of providing quality service as they continue to improve the entire health care system in the Greater Hazleton area and beyond."

Fletcher stressed LVHN also recognizes the important work of all first responders in the Greater Hazleton and Schuylkill areas. “This region is fortunate to have so many first responders that look after the community and are first on the scene when an emergency occurs,” Fletcher said. “LVHN is honored to be part of this elite group and looks forward to teaming up with them to provide these critical services.”

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.