New Ventures: Lehigh Valley Health Network opens Slate Belt center


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The former factory outlet for Majestic Athletic, the company that makes the uniforms for Major League Baseball, has reopened as a health center for Lehigh Valley Health Network.

The health network cut the ribbon Jan. 30 on The Health Center at Bangor.

The center, at 1337 Blue Valley Drive in Pen Argyl, will offer Slate Belt-area resident health services ranging from cancer and cardiac care to ExpressCARE and laboratory services.

Health Network CEO Ron Swinfard said the cancer care offered at the Health Center at Bangor will include infusion.

He said it's the first time that service will be offered at an LVHN health center.

In addition to the cardiac care, ExpressCARE and lab services provided by Health Network Laboratories, the center will provide diagnostic services, screening mammography, physical therapy, home sleep studies and radiology.

Patient First continues the expansion of its immediate care centers in the Lehigh Valley with the opening of new centers in Easton and Bethlehem.

The new medical centers will open on Feb. 5 and Feb. 26, respectively.

They will be the ninth and 11th Patient First centers in Pennsylvania. The 10th opens Feb. 19 in Pottstown.

At 2450 Butler St., the Easton facility will serve residents of Wilson Borough, Easton, Nazareth, Phillipsburg and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Bethlehem center, at 2310 Schoenersville Road across from Westgate Mall, will serve residents of Hanover Township (Northampton County), Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Coopersburg, Bath and surrounding communities.

The medical centers are open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., 365 days a year.

The centers offer urgent care; work, school, camp, sports and travel physicals; occupational health; and primary care for patients who do not have a primary care physician.

Allentown has a new barbecue restaurant. Baby Got Que had a soft opening last month and plans a grand opening in March when the owners hope the weather improves.

Jay and Mary King opened the restaurant because of their love of barbecue.

Jay King, a veteran of the restaurant industry, said when he was home on his days off he would do a lot of barbecuing because he enjoyed it. That inspired him to become a full-time barbecue chef.

“They say if you do something you love, you never work a day in your life,” King said.

He specializes in meats, making pulled pork and beef brisket barbecue as well as ribs and barbecued chicken.

Mary makes the sides and desserts. He said peach cobbler is her specialty.

Baby Got Que is at 851 Jackson St. in Allentown. For more information, call 610-351-2992.

Lower Macungie area residents looking for fresh food and vegetables have a new place to stop.

Season Produce Market has opened at 4550 Hamilton Blvd.

The market, which also sells Asian groceries, is owned by the Liao family.

Vicki Liao, who works in the market, said the family opened the shop because there were no similar businesses in the area and family members often found themselves driving to Allentown to get the produce and groceries that they wanted.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, call 610-841-4833.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .


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