Quakertown Campus Names ED in Memory of Donor
St. Luke's Hospital - Quakertown Campus to Name Emergency Department in Memory of Donor
Frank Banko & Family Emergency Department Introduced to Honored Guests, Physicians, Staff and Administration
Frank “Chip” Banko III; family assistant
Joan Taschner; John Sylvia, President,
St. Luke’s Hospital Quakertown; Luanne
Stauffer, Chair, St. Luke’s Hospital
Quakertown Board of Trustees;
Dr. Thomas Filipowicz, St. Luke’s
Hospital Quakertown Vice President of
Medical Affairs enjoy a moment in front
of the newly-named Frank Banko &
Family Emergency Department at
St. Luke’s Hospital Quakertown.
Quakertown, PA. (7/26/2012) - St. Luke's Hospital - Quakertown Campus has renamed its Emergency Department in memory of special donor and local businessman Frank Banko, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 92.
In recognition of the generous support of Mr. Banko and his family, the Board of Directors of St. Luke's Hospital - Quakertown Campus has chosen to rename the hospital's Emergency Department. New exterior signage commemorating the Frank Banko & Family Emergency Department was unveiled at the dedication ceremony held on Thursday, July 26.
High Quality Medical Care Recognized
Mr. Banko and his family made this gift to St. Luke's in recognition of the Quakertown hospital's essential role in providing high-quality medical care. “Every community deserves a first-rate hospital and emergency room, a place to turn when illness or injury strikes. In making this gift, our family wanted to do something to benefit the entire Quakertown community, a place my family have called home for many years,” said Frank's son Chip Banko.
Frank Banko had served as president of Warren Distributing Company of Flanders and Trenton, New Jersey, a wholesale beverage distributor, and owner of Banko Real Estate Company, a real estate holding company with holdings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Banko was the founder of Banko Business Enterprises and had served as chairman of the Goodfellows Club, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He also served as a director of Embassy Bancorp, the Allentown Fair and the Boys Club of Bethlehem, as well as supporting many local civic organizations through generous donations.
“On behalf of the hospital's Board of Trustees and administration, we gratefully acknowledge the Banko family's very generous gift and are proud to rename the Emergency Department in honor of them,“ said John Sylvia, President, St. Luke's Hospital - Quakertown Campus. “This gift will have a lasting impact on our community through our hospital's continuing ability to offer leading-edge emergency services to our patients.”
Board-Certified Physicians and Excellent Staff
According to Thomas Filipowicz, MD, St. Luke's Hospital – Quakertown Hospital's Vice President for Medical Affairs, “More than16,000 people seek care at the St. Luke's Quakertown Emergency Department every year. Patients who come to the emergency department are treated by our board-certified emergency physicians and excellent staff for a variety of illnesses, some life-threatening. When emergency room diagnosis and treatment means the difference between life and death, it is absolutely essential that the care is performed by highly-trained emergency medicine professionals supported by the best and most up-to-date equipment and facilities.”
The St. Luke's Quakertown Emergency Department is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and is equipped with specialized equipment to diagnose and treat disease and life-threatening illnesses quickly and efficiently. The Emergency Department was renovated in 2004 when the current family waiting room was named in memory of Mr. Banko's wife, Elizabeth Banko.
Learn more about the emergency services offered by St. Luke's University Health Network.
Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network