Warren Hospital Joins St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network
February 1, 2012
Phillipsburg, NJ (2/1/2012) - St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network and Warren Hospital, a community hospital based in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, announced today that Warren Hospital has become the sixth hospital to join the St. Luke's network.
The name of the hospital is now St. Luke's Warren Hospital.
Interests of Community the Priority
Robert Rumfield, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Warren Hospital commented, "The partnership with St. Luke's was undertaken with the interests of our community uppermost in our minds. We are extremely pleased that our nearly three years of planning has come to fruition and that we will be able to ensure that local residents receive excellent health care far into the future."
Richard A. Anderson, President & CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, commented, "I am so pleased to publicly welcome Warren Hospital to St. Luke's Health Network. We are strongly committed to providing the residents of Warren County with the excellent standard of care that is expected from St. Luke's. With our longstanding and highly successful record of working collaboratively with community hospitals that join our network, I am confident that St. Luke's Warren Hospital will continue that winning tradition. Judging by the increased number of patients who have come to the hospital in the past few months, we already are experiencing the support of the community."
Culmination of Years of Partnering
In commenting on the partnership, Tom Litz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Warren Hospital said, "As a new St. Luke's hospital, we believe that St. Luke's Warren Hospital will be well positioned to enhance the quality of care patients receive at our hospital. This partnership is the culmination of many years of partnering - St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network has been providing tertiary level care to Warren County residents for years. Warren Hospital began exploring educational and clinical relationships with St. Luke's nearly three years ago, and the relationship has continued to grow and evolve. And now, today, we make this partnership official."
Plans for Updated and Expanded Services
Goals for the partnership include the integration and investment in information technology and the construction of a new, updated and expanded intensive care unit at Warren.
Agreement Closed on January 31
In April, 2011 the network and hospital announced the intention to work together after the two boards approved an offer made by St. Luke's to contribute $25 million to Warren Hospital. The transaction was consummated on January 31st.
After the formal program, the audience attended the outdoor unveiling of the hospital signage that proudly proclaimed for the first time 'St. Luke's Warren Hospital.'
About St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network is a leading provider of health care in the greater Lehigh Valley region. St. Luke's provides services at more than 150 locations that span 60 miles north to south and 70 miles east to west. The Network now serves more than one million people living in eight counties. Our 1,200 physicians, 8,200 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide overnight care to 48,000 patients a year and hundreds of thousand of outpatients.
With the addition of St. Luke's Warren Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network will be the only hospital system in Pennsylvania to own a hospital in an adjoining state. St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network now offers medical education / residency programs in two states.
As a regional health network and major teaching facility, St. Luke's also has the resources required to train the next generation of health care providers. Nursing students train in St. Luke's School of Nursing - the nation's oldest continuously operating diploma nursing school - as well as a baccalaureate and master's nursing program with Moravian College in Bethlehem. For physicians seeking additional training, St. Luke's offers 19 accredited fellowships and residencies. St. Luke's again took the lead to address the severe shortage of future physicians. In partnership with Temple University School of Medicine, St. Luke's launched the area's first medical school campus in 2011.
About Warren Hospital
Warren Hospital is a 214-bed non-profit community hospital that offers acute inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care, cancer and cardiac care and a wide array of geriatric services. It treats almost 6,000 inpatients per year and more than 29,000 emergency department patients per year. With approximately 1,200 employees, Warren Hospital is the largest employer in Phillipsburg and the second largest in Warren County.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Denise Rader, Media Relations Director, Marketing & Public Relations
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, 484-526-4104
Ayn Carey, Director, Business Development
St. Luke's Warren Hospital, 908-387-6320