Petrucci Breaks Ground on Easton MOB for Lehigh Valley Health Network
LVHN Breaks Ground on Health Center at Easton
New facility at former bakery site to open in summer 2017
An Easton-area site that once housed a well-known bakery is being transformed into a health center that will bring care already provided by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) closer to residents of Easton and surrounding communities.
When complete in summer 2017, the two-story, 40,000-square-foot health center will offer community members multiple health care services.
“Our hope is that – at this former bakery site that nourished this community for decades – we will create a resource that will support local residents and families in nourishing their health each and every day,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s president and chief executive officer. “We expect the health center to accommodate 15,000 patient visits in its first year.” Nester said he also expects it to create about 30 health care jobs.
The Health Care project will be developed and owned by J.G. Petrucci Company, Inc., which shall also serve as Design/Builder. The project team is rounded out by construction manager—Iron Hill Construction Management Company; Architect—Cerminara Architect; and Engineer—Pany & Lentz Engineering Company.
Services at the Health Center at Easton will include:
- Primary care for the whole family
- Testing and treatment services
- ExpressCARE (walk-in care for minor injuries and common illnesses)
- Access to Health Network Laboratories
The health center’s opening will coincide with the planned opening of the four-story Specialty Care Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Muhlenberg, which will bring inpatient rehabilitation, obstetrics and newborn services to the Bethlehem hospital for the first time in its 54-year history. “By providing ob/gyn care here in Easton and birthing services at LVH–Muhlenberg, we’ll be creating convenience for women who formerly traveled from the Easton area to LVH–Cedar Crest for ob/gyn care,” said Jim Geiger, LVH–Muhlenberg’s president.
Once operational, the Health Center at Easton will be LVHN’s fifth health center in Northampton County, joining the Health Centers at Bangor, Bath, Bethlehem Township and the Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg. LVHN also has health centers in Lehigh County (Emmaus, Fogelsville, Macungie and Trexlertown), Berks County (Hamburg, Kutztown and Moselem Springs), Bucks County (Quakertown) and Luzerne County (Hazleton and Mountain Top).
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes five hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem and one in Hazleton, Pa.; 14 health centers caring for communities in five counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab 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, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the region, provides care in 28 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by US News & World Report for 20 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals and is a national Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. LVHN’s Cancer Institute is now 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. Additional information is available at lvhn.org.