LVHN to build hospital in Carbon County

Lehigh Valley Health Network will build a new hospital in Mahoning Township, Carbon County, according to an August 1 press release.

a rendering of the planned Lehigh Valley Hospital-Carbon – submitted

The new hospital, to be called Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Carbon, will be built on an open property on Blakeslee Blvd. purchased by the health network.

Initial plans call for a hospital that includes all private rooms for inpatient care, and a medical office building. Combined, the two buildings will occupy 89,000 square feet of space.

The health network expects to break ground on the project next spring and opening is anticipated in the fall of 2021. The hospital is expected to cost $65 million and create about 150 jobs.

“As is the case in all the communities we serve, we foster relationships with health care providers who are not employed by LVHN but practice independently,” said Brian Nester, president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network, or LVHN. “By having a modern health care facility in Carbon County, we will strengthen partnerships with those independent providers and other community-minded organizations that are aligned with our mission to heal, comfort and care.”

Terrence Purcell, vice president for market development for LVHN and a native of Mahanoy City, will serve as president of the new hospital.

Purcell joined LVHN in September 2018 after previously serving as president with St. Luke’s University Health Network.

“Throughout my health care career here, I have seen many examples of how Lehigh Valley Health Network has been a reliable and trustworthy health care partner for residents,” Purcell said. “I am ready to further that partnership and lead this new hospital because I know it will benefit the health of this community and our neighbors who also are close by in so many ways…”

The new hospital is expected to provide radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgical services, a full emergency room and helipad, cardiology, breast health services, rehab services, cancer services and telemedicine.

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses – three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties, numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 19 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region.


Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at dnixon@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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