LVHN Board of Trustees Approves Plans for New Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono West Campus
The Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Board of Trustees has approved the timeline and services for the new Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono West campus. LVHN colleagues were informed today of the Board’s action, which reaffirms the commitment LVHN made when it merged with the former Pocono Health System (PHS) last January to build a new hospital campus along Route 715 in Tannersville, Pa.
“LVHN and LVH–Pocono leadership have assessed the community’s needs and identified the appropriate services for that campus,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “LVH–Pocono’s history of caring for the community has always focused on bringing care closer to home. The LVH–Pocono West hospital campus will continue that focus by providing care to our patients that live in the western portion of Monroe County.”
Nester said the new hospital will give people in the western region of Monroe County access to the quality health care services they need most. The state-of-the-art facility and campus will include:
- Emergency room
- Operating rooms (Including preoperative and postoperative areas)
- Inpatient medical-surgical unit with all private rooms
- Advanced imaging (MRI, CT scan, X-ray, nuclear medicine)
- Medical office building for physician offices
- Sleep Disorders Center
- Outpatient rehabilitation services
Nester said groundbreaking is planned for spring 2018, and the new campus is expected to open by summer of 2020.
Nester said while plans progress for the new hospital campus, LVH–Pocono continues to grow to fulfill the community’s needs. That growth has involved recruiting more primary care and specialty providers to Monroe County, and by providing more ExpressCare locations, an inpatient rehabilitation facility and access to the expertise from the LVHN Heart Institute, LVHN Cancer Institute and LVHN Institute for Special Surgery. To enhance convenience and a seamless experience with LVHN, the health network recently launched an integrated Epic electronic medical record for ambulatory services.
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.