Groundbreaking held for St. Luke Hospital expansion

June 25, 2018 by  

In around 18 months, the Bethlehem Township campus of St. Luke’s University Health Network will have grown to twice its present size.

A groundbreaking was recently held for a mega addition to St. Luke Hospital, which will be a structure adjacent to the current hospital with an underground tunnel connecting the two. The expansion will add 180,000-square feet to the hospital and is expected to cost about $80m.

Generally, new parents leave the hospital with a range of promotional products for their newborn, which are supplied by companies that deal in baby-centric products and services. The new expanded St. Luke Hospital may add some items of their own to promote their new Women and Babies Pavilion, as the extension is to be designated.

Included in the Pavilion will be a medical and surgical unit, a labor-deliver unit, 32 post-partum rooms, a 16 bassinet nursery, and a neonatal intensive care unit. The Pavilion will be staffed by around 1,000 employees, 200 of which will be new hires.

The CEO and president of St. Luke Health Network, Rick Anderson, made a point at the ground breaking to inform the gathering that the extension would be constructed using American steel. Anderson admitted that it would be costlier but contended it would be better, as keeping the money in the U.S. would be a patriotic.