St. Luke’s Network grows with addition of Blue Mountain system

January 9, 2018 by  

Recently, final federal and state approval was granted for the merger of Blue Mountain Health System with St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN).

St. Luke’s, which is based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, welcomed two Blue Mountain’s hospitals located in Carbon County into its fold. The merger became effective December 31, and now SLUHGN is comprised of nine separate hospitals as well as almost 300 outpatient locations providing healthcare in 10 New Jersey and Pennsylvania counties.

Rick Anderson, CEO and President of St. Luke’s University Health Network, remarking upon the merger, said:

“The addition of the Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses and other Blue Mountain entities positions our Network to continue as the greater Lehigh Valley’s leading provider of the highest quality care at the lowest cost.”

Terry Purcell, who for 20 years worked in the Blue Mountain Health System, has spent the last year as its Senior Vice President of Operations. Purcell was chosen to be the previously Blue Mountain hospitals’ President, a job formerly held by Andrew E. Harris whose retirement became effective December 31.

The names of the two hospital in question have been changed to St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten Campus and St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus. These changes have necessitated the purchase of new business forms, letterheads, and digital business cards, among other custom printed products.

The Blue Mountain Health System’s merger into SLUHN received unanimous approval by both groups’ Board of Trustees in September 2017.