Lehigh Valley Health Network has purchased a private hospital just outside of Allentown and intends to convert the facility into an orthopedic center.
The health network announced this morning that it is acquiring the assets of Westfield Hospital, which is at 4815-4825 W. Tilghman St., South Whitehall Township.
Ronald Swinfard, LVHN's president and CEO, said the care at the center will cover many facets of orthopedic care with the focus on total joint replacement and spine surgery.
The facility will continue to operate as Westfield Hospital through December.
Tentative plans are to open the Center for Orthopedic Medicine in early 2014.
Westfield Hospital operates 25 licensed beds, three operating rooms and an emergency department in the main hospital.
Westfield Surgery Center for ambulatory surgery also is on the campus and includes three operating rooms and two procedure rooms. The surgery center operation also would be run by LVHN as part of the transaction. Preliminary plans are to convert the emergency department into an urgent care facility.
All three facilities include 65,000 square feet of space, with the hospital accounting for about 45,000 square feet of that area.
Westfield employs about 100 people. The staff has been notified of the transformation and will be given an opportunity to seek employment at the new Center for Orthopedic Medicine or at other LVHN campuses. The new facility is expected to employ about 100 people.
"I want to thank the dedicated and professional physicians, nurses and staff who have provided excellent patient care to our community since 2007," said Dr. Yasin Khan, CEO of Westfield Hospital. He and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Khan, founded and own the hospital.
"Westfield Hospital and Westfield Surgery Center will continue caring for their patients, fully, until the December 2013 transaction date," Dr. Yasin Khan said.
A medical office building also is on-site. Dr. Yasin Khan and Dr. Elizabeth Khan will continue to operate on-site their private, independent practices at Comprehensive Pain Centers and Tilghman Medical Center, respectively.