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Palmerton Auxiliary Presents Check to St. Luke’s for Carbon Campus

The Palmerton Auxiliary presented a $30,000 check to St. Luke's University Health Network for the Carbon Campus Capital Fund. Marj Federanich (President) and Louise Koons (Treasurer) from the Palmerton Auxiliary presented a check on July 29, 2020 that was accepted by St. Luke’s Lehighton Carbon President John Nespoli and St. Luke's Carbon Lehighton Board of Directors, Judge Steven Serfass at the worksite location of the St. Luke’s Carbon Campus.
The funds from the Palmerton Auxiliary donation will be used to advance the development of the new St. Luke’s Hospital in Franklin Township, projected to open in early 2022. “The new facility will include round-the-clock, in-house critical care coverage and trauma care capabilities; local patients will no longer need to be transferred out-of-area to receive this level of care,” says John Nespoli, president, St. Luke’s Lehighton & Carbon Campuses.
“The Palmerton Auxiliary is a valued partner in our shared goal to build a comprehensive health care network in Carbon County that will ensure our residents can receive quality care close to home. We’re very grateful to President Federanich and Treasurer Koons who have played an outstanding leadership role in making this very generous gift happen.”
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About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 16,000 employees providing services at 12 hospitals and 300+ outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 38 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 347 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system to earn Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Luke’s #1 in the Lehigh Valley and #6 in the state.  Two of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals are St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health eight times total and six years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.

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