It’s been a century since Monroe County has had a new hospital.
Thanks to St. Luke’s University Health Network of Fountain Hill breaking ground last April on a 41-acre parcel of land on Route 611 in Bartonsville, its $80 million St. Luke’s Monroe campus will open this fall.
To run the hospital, the health network has named Donald C. Seiple Jr. as the president of St. Luke’s Monroe, the network’s seventh hospital.
A Nazareth resident, Seiple began his St. Luke’s career in 2000 as a biomedical equipment technician hired to establish an in-house nuclear medicine service program.
Seiple has been the vice president of operations for St. Luke’s since 2010. In that role, he managed various departments, including clinical engineering, plant operations, safety and security, nutrition services, environmental services, volunteer services, property management and sterile processing.
“I am ecstatic at the opportunity to bring a higher level of health care – St. Luke’s excellent inpatient care – to the Monroe County community,” Seiple said.
In 2007, Seiple was named St. Luke’s network director clinical engineering. He developed equipment standards to improve safety and reduce ownership expenses and negotiated and administered clinical service contracts valued at $4.2 million.
He also managed the evaluation and selection of all medical equipment in the network, developed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with various regulatory agencies and developed staff to eliminate the reliance on contract services.
Seiple has degrees in specialized technology electronics from Lincoln Technical Institute, business administration from Northampton Community College and business administration in health care management from Liberty University.
The first phase of the St. Luke’s Monroe campus – which is close to the Route 33/Interstate 80 interchange – includes a four-story, 180,000-square-foot acute care hospital with a full-service emergency room, surgical services and private patient rooms with home-like features and hotel-style amenities.
The building will have 108 private patient rooms, including 12 beds for critical care patients, helipad, operating rooms, cardiac catheterization lab and modern diagnostic technology.
St. Luke’s University Health Network has six hospitals and more than 215 sites, primarily in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties and in Warren County, New Jersey.