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LVHN ‘committed’ to Carbon hospital

Published October 18. 2019 12:16PM

Lehigh Valley Hospital Network officials said they remain committed to plans for a $65 million hospital in Mahoning Township after municipal planners questioned its need earlier this week.

The 89,000-square-foot facility, to be called Lehigh Valley Hospital−Carbon, is planned for 35 acres of open farmland on the north side of Blakeslee Boulevard, catty-corner to the Walmart Superstore.

Initial plans call for a hospital that includes all private rooms for inpatient care and a medical office building.

The planners recommended that the Mahoning supervisors reject Lehigh Valley Health Network’s conditional use application.

“Although we were disappointed with the recommendations of the planning commission, we remain committed to our plan and to answering the supervisors’ questions about LVHN’s proposed new hospital in Mahoning Township,” said Terry Purcell, future president of LVH-Carbon.

The 35 acres of farmland along the busy highway where LVHN hopes to build its future facility is zoned for commercial use and tailored toward retail spaces, Robert Slaw, another commission member and Mahoning supervisor, said.

Seeing as it’s not included on the township’s list of approved uses for that lot, a hospital is subjected to the conditional application process. LVHN submitted its application earlier this month.

“For more than 65 years, Carbon County was served by two hospitals: Palmerton Hospital and Gnaden Huetten,” Purcell said.

“With the closure of the first and the impending changes at the second, the people of Carbon deserve a health partner who is ready to step in and bring them the care they need, close to home. We are that partner now and we hope to deepen that relationship with Lehigh Valley Hospital-Carbon.”

A public hearing on the prospective hospital scheduled for Nov. 18. Supervisors will make their determination at the November hearing, which begins at 6 p.m.

“It is part of our DNA as an organization to go where the need is greatest, and Carbon County has shown that its residents need more access to care, particularly as the population ages,” Purcell said.

“We always work closely with the communities we serve, and at present, thousands of Carbon County residents rely on Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for convenient, high-quality care.”

Comments
The supervisors should listen to what the people are saying. Al I have heard so far is support for LVHN. We do need them in our township regardless of what certain supervisors say. Get out and vote in November and put people on the board that will do whats best for the township. . There are 2 spots up for grabs for supervisors in Mahoning township. They need to work with LVHN and get this project underway for the benefit of all our communities. Pack the township building on November 18 th and tell them we are in support of the new hospital..
100%. this is a farce, what kind of common sense would say.."I think this is an ego thing?" and "where are they going to get the doctors?" something stinks to high hell here..pay off? or is it true that Steigerwalt has property a quarter mile from the proposed site?
Steigerwalt must go. He's a detriment to growth for Mahoning Valley.
YOUR DAMN RIGHT STEIGERWALT MUST GO!!! HE WAS A BIG INFLUENCE IN EAST PENN TOWNSHIP WHEN HE WAS ENGINEER HERE ! SINCE HIS DEPARTURE (RESIGNATION} WHEN HE REALIZED THE NEW BOARD WASN'T GOING TO PUT UP WITH HIS MY WAY OR NO WAY ATTITUDE EAST PENN HAS MADE LEAPS AND BOUNDS WITH THE ROAD CONDITIONS! NOW HE IS PRACTICING HIS WITCHCRAFT IN MAHONING!!!!!!!!!!! THEIR ROADS WENT TO HELL EXCEPT FOR GILBERTS HILL AND THE MAHONING MANOR DEVELOPMENT ROAD TO HIS HOUSE IS PRISTINE!!!! THE REST AREN'T IMPORTANT! THE MAN NEEDS MEDICATION!!! AND A FEW OTHERS IN MAHONING COULD USE SOME AS WELL! STRAIGHTEN IT OUT THIS ELECTION DAY AND GET RID OF THE CLICK!
NOT TOO MANY YEARS AGO THE ROADS IN MAHONING WERE TAKEN CARE OF ACCEPTABLY FOR WHAT THEY HAD TO WORK WITH! WHAT HAPPENED? HE DID THATS WHAT!!!!!!
I WOULD BE WILLING TO BET LVHN WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP OUT ANNUALLY WITH THE UPKEEP IN PART OF MAHONINGS FEEDER ROADS TO THE HOSPITAL IF THEY ONLY HAD THE BRAINS TO ASK!
This stinks to high hell..its political a pay off? or is it true Steigerwalt has property a quarter mile from the proposed site? I will be fighting this any which way I can..this needs exposure..his comments ,his excuses need 2 b exposed.. let everyone see how he thinks...selfishly
focus this is more important that doyle heffley haters..make it political why doncha? just like the preliminary decision is ..political, not based on common sense or good for the people
Losing taxes for a tiny hospital that we don’t need.
YOU SHOULD RUN FOR SUPERVISOR IN MAHONING BUDDY! WHAT'S THIS WE CRAP? YOU DON'T SO NO ONE ELSE DOES EITHER? YOU WOULD FIT RIGHT IN THERE PAL! GET RID OF EM ALL!!!!!
Yes ...if it is what the public wants, choices..St lukes does not carry an insurance that LVHN does..so health care choice isnt important? smh..plain selfish..and many are adamant about 1 org vs the other,based on personal experience..whats wrong with having choices? this stinks to high hell when comments like .."I think this is an ego thing"..and where would they get the doctors from? does that sound logical? nope theres something more 2 this...pay off? or Ive heard Steigerwalt has property a quarter mile from the proposed site..can anyone validate that?
oh really ? explain why people having a choice isnt needed..You know many people have had bad experiences at both orgs? how is having choices for that alone,one of the most important aspects,health care a bad thing? plus insurances @ ST lukes discludes many people in the area..are you and the rest of the nay sayers willing to pay everyone elses differences?
and Ya, we need more food choices over healthcare choices, and money and travel time saved? no problems with throwing up food centers there..are they needed?SMH
LVHN should build their hospital in Palmerton. There are a lot of people here that think we were short changed by Saint Lukes when they closed the Palmerton Hospital 1 year after they bought it. Palmerton is as close as the Mahoning Valley from the Turnpike if they are concerned about the drive for doctors. St Lukes urgent care isn't going to much help if someone is having heart attack or stroke. People are going to die waiting for an ambulance to get them to Lehighton. We have a nice big field right off 248 for them to build on.
I've lived in and out of Carbon County for over 50 years and the word on the street has ALWAYS been "I wouldn't take my dog to Lehighton Hospital". I don't know if that's justified or not. I've only ever got routine blood work there and it's always been fine. I do prefer small town anything to large scale whatever. But that's just me.

I don't know if Palmerton and Lehighton Hospitals couldn't make it because of the local reputation or because there just weren't enough sick people. Find it hard to believe there aren't enough sick people here. For whatever reason the hospitals for as long as I can remember struggled.

If you remember at the last couple take overs/mergers/re-organizations there was always some "5 pillars of Success" or some bullshit catchphrase that was going to make a difference. Well it didn't. And I'm not sure that a brand new building is going to make any difference if nothing else changes.

There's talk about how will they staff it. Well that's easy. The days of the independent family doctor are over. St. Lukes and LVHN have forced just about all (if not all) the Family Doctors to join the club. So when the time comes St. Lukes and LVHN will have no trouble telling their doctors to pack your ass in the car and head up to the Carbon Campus. Nurses, shoot, we don't need no stinking nurses. We'll just split the staff we have now - done. Don't believe me - just watch. Technical staffing might have some shortfall. The rest of the staff you could find good people here that would be happy to have a job.

And after all that I still think you have to give it a shot. Might make for a good Master's Thesis either way it works out.

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