St. Luke's University Health Network

Community Support

Community Support
at St. Luke's University Health Network

St. Luke's supports and implements meaningful community outreach that achieves documented substantive results. The Network maintains medical, specialty care, women's, pediatric and dental clinics at convenient, easily accessible community locations, annually serving more than 156,000 at-risk patient visits.

St. Luke's Board of Trustees established The Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community in 1996. The Partnership's mission is to improve the health status and quality of life of our community through improved access to care, promotion of child and adolescent health and elimination of health disparities. The Partnership is a nationally- and state-recognized collaborative role model of more than 200 participating partners.

The Partnership operates four mobile health and mobile dental vans throughout the region. Partnership initiatives have achieved proven results in improving dental health, vision care, asthma care and access to care through various community health centers and maternal child programs with outcomes exceeding state and national benchmarks.Reading Rocks!, an innovative literacy program conducted with Lehigh University, has achieved significantly improved reading scores for at-risk elementary-aged children.

St. Luke's citizenship is also reflected in its annual voluntary payment of $2.3 million in property and school taxes (physician offices, selected outpatient locations, etc). Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2009, St. Luke's has experienced a 150 percent increase in the cost of providing charitable/ free care. In FY 13, the Network provided $206,953,000 in uncompensated charity care. This number does not include St. Luke's annual investment in various free community health outreach services. For several years, St. Luke's has provided the highest percentage of uncompensated care among regional health systems (PHC4 Financial Analysis Reports).

Free Services/Screenings for Community Events

In keeping with our commitment to the communities we serve, St. Luke's offers a variety of free services/screenings for community-run events throughout the year. St. Luke's also accepts sponsorship requests and donation requests for fellow non-profit institutions. To receive support from St. Luke's University Health Network, organizations must meet our community support criteria. Due to the large volume of requests, we kindly ask that you fill out a form below at least three months prior to your event. Eligible requests will be evaluated periodically and you will be contacted regarding a decision.

Additional health screenings and information sessions are available through our Healthline Calendar.


Speaking Engagements

St. Luke's team of physicians, nurses, and clinical staff are committed to educating our community on health-related topics. To request a speaker at your next event, please complete our online Event Request form.

Additional information sessions on various health topics are available through our Healthline Calendar.


In-Kind Donations

Are you looking for a first aid kit for your youth Little League team or Girl Scout troop? St. Luke's regularly donates basic First Aid kits to local non-profit organizations.

Additional in-kind donations include:

  • literature and giveaways for race packets
  • seminar kits

To request an in-kind donation for your non-profit organization, please complete our online Donation Request form.


Sponsorships

To receive support from St. Luke's University Health Network, organizations must meet our community support criteria. All eligible requests for monetary sponsorship should be submitted using our online Donation Request form.

Any requests received through mail or other means will not be accepted. Requests are reviewed monthly by a committee of leaders.


Community Support Projects

Healthcheck Wellness Center

In the fall of 1996, representatives of the Geriatrics Institute of St. Luke's University Health Network met with managers from Moravian House and the Bethlehem Senior Center to explore a partnership to deal with the problems related to the increasing age and frailty of the Moravian House residents. Moravian House I developed a service program for the elderly and disabled residents for medical information assistance for hospitals, doctors and other medical agencies. Moravian Development Corporation, in concert with St. Luke’s University Health Network's Geriatric Division, organized the Moravian House's Healthcheck Wellness Center, located in Moravian House I. The Wellness Center, through the guidance of a service coordinator, invites all senior tenants and others outside of the Moravian Houses to blood pressure checks, blood drawings, doctor and nurse visits throughout the monthly scheduled days.


Heart Smart Program

The St. Luke's Heart Smart Program allows you to eat smart and have a good heart! St. Luke's University Health Network is working with area restaurants to design and offer heart smart meals. Restaurants have been provided with heart smart recipes, serving suggestions and food substitutions. Look for special food offerings at local fine dining establishments. 


Reading Rocks!

Reading Rocks!, a joint reading-mentorship program of St. Luke's University Health Network and Lehigh University’s Athletic Department holds annual book drives across the region, including at St. Luke’s. Books are donated to the 450 students at Donegan Elementary School in Bethlehem who are participating in Reading Rocks!


Community Health Department

The Community Health Department of St. Luke's Hospital continues to strive to achieve its mission of partnering with the community to increase health awareness, improve the health status of the community and encourage appropriate access to health services. The Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community and St. Luke's mobile health units, HealthStar I and HealthStar II, have been the primary venues for achieving this mission.