St. Luke’s University Health Network will break ground on its new $100 million Quakertown hospital in Upper Bucks County this Thursday, May 10.
Built with American steel, the new 131,000 square-foot facility will be located at Rt. 663 and Portzer Road on the border between Richland and Milford townships.
Upon its completion in the fall of 2019, the new hospital will have 40 patient rooms and the capacity to outfit an additional 40 in the future. It will include radiology, surgical and emergency departments as well as a laboratory, pharmacy and cafeteria.
“The new facility will afford more functional, efficient space and systems, including private rooms, allowing St. Luke’s to continue providing the best care, recruit the best physicians and allow for continued expansion,” St. Luke’s Quakertown President Dennis Pfleiger said.
At its peak, the project will employ more than 150 construction workers through more than 25 contractors, injecting a powerful economic stimulus into the local economy. Once open it will also sustain hundreds of permanent, family-supporting jobs.
The new Quakertown hospital is one of numerous, major expansion initiatives underway at St. Luke’s.
Already this year, the Network has merged with Blue Mountain Health System and Sacred Heart HealthCare System. Additionally, a project has just begun to double the size of the Anderson Campus hospital, and there are plans to co-build a new hospital in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County.
Amid these major developments, St. Luke’s has also been designated an IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven) 100 Top Hospital for a sixth time, and the fourth year in a row.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Thursday and will be followed by a reception.
Speakers will include:
- Dennis Pfleiger, President, St. Luke’s Quakertown
- Senator Bob Mensch, Pennsylvania State Senator, 24th District
- Dr. Joseph O’Neill, Board Chair, St. Luke’s Quakertown
- Richard A. Anderson, President and CEO, St. Luke’s University Health Network
Note: This story was contributed by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Its publication is part of a local health news partnership between Saucon Source and SLUHN.