St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem is evaluating a property in Stroud Township, Monroe County, for potential use as a medical facility, said Denise Rader, director of media network relations for St. Luke’s.
"We are basically evaluating a potential site; we don't own the land currently," Rader said.
She confirmed that St. Luke's submitted a zoning application to the township regarding the property.
St. Luke's is at the beginning of what sometimes can be a very long, land development process, she said. For example, St. Luke's acquired the land that is now the Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township in 2003. Since that time, the name of the facility changed and the first building on that property did not open until seven years later in 2011, she said.
"There are no firm plans yet on what St. Luke's would utilize the property for," Rader said. "We expect to work in a collaborative fashion with Stroud Township officials as these plans evolve."
Rader said St. Luke's has served patients from Monroe County for decades. Thousands of inpatients and outpatients from Monroe County travel to St. Luke's facilities each year. St. Luke's has a strong base of physician support in Monroe County and provides ancillary services such as those found at its Pocono MRI and Imaging Center.
"We have employed physicians based in Monroe County for over 15 years," she added. "We will share more information about our potential programs and facilities as they develop."