Pottsville, Pa.,
08:31 PM

LVHN Introduces ExpressCARE to Schuylkill County

With the cut of a ribbon, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) introduced ExpressCARE to Schuylkill County.

“Today, we share our latest investment in your health with the establishment of our first ExpressCARE in Schuylkill County,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN President and Chief Executive Officer. “ExpressCARE adds yet another layer of health care convenience for this community.”

Located at 200 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville, ExpressCARE offers walk-in care without an appointment for common illnesses and minor injuries such as but not limited to: sprains/strains, cuts/lacerations, poison ivy/rashes, seasonal allergies, flu symptoms, bronchitis, ear infections, sore throat and fever. LVHN offers laboratory and X-ray services at Suite 103 in the adjoining Medical Office Building. Care is provided by advanced practice clinicians.

ExpressCARE–Schuylkill Medical Plaza will open at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 1. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The facility will be open 365 days a year.

“This is a giant step in making care more accessible to a broad range of people in need,” said William Reppy, President of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill.“It is close-to-home, convenient care.”

Since the merger of 2016, LVHN has invested more than $50 million into new and expanded facilities, new services, recruiting more physicians, and in its colleagues.Other recent enhancements include a new Family Birth and Newborn Center, new Senior Behavioral Health Unit, new Cancer Center, new Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, new Advanced Wound Center, new Rehab Services facility in Tamaqua, and the new emergency department at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street, which was completed in late 2016.

LVHN leaders note the timing of the ExpressCARE–Schuylkill Medical Plaza opening coincides with the closing of the Emergency Department at LVH–Schuylkill’s S. Jackson Street campus. That closing is set for the same time as the opening of ExpressCARE, 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 1. Going forward, all Emergency Room services will be provided exclusively at LVH–Schuylkill’s East Norwegian Street campus, 700 E. Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

“Illness or injury can happen at any time to you or your loved ones,” said David Burmeister, DO, LVHN Chairman of Emergency Medicine. “When you need ‘unexpected’ care, you now have two options in Schuylkill County. If your illness or injury is more serious, you should go to the emergency room.For ailments that are minor in nature, there is ExpressCARE.”

Burmeister referenced a brochure that gives recommendations when to use

ExpressCARE and when to go to the ER.

For the past two years, LVH–Schuylkill has been consolidating and aligning services moving traditional acute care inpatient services to the LVH–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street campus and inpatient behavioral health units, advanced wound care and other outpatient services at the LVH–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street campus. LVH–Schuylkill operates under a single license for two campuses.

The Schuylkill ExpressCARE is the 19th ExpressCARE location opened by LVHN.

The health network has announced plans to open two additional ExpressCARE locations in Carbon County later this summer.

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.