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St. Luke's University Health Network

For only the second time in our nearly 140-year history, our Board of Trustees has officially approved changing our name to accurately convey our organizational scope and growth. Our new name is
St. Luke's University Health Network and our hospital in Bethlehem has been re-named St. Luke's University Hospital.

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What our “University” Status Means to You

  • Lessens the future impact of the physician shortage in our community by training future doctors
  • Brings the latest clinical research to the Lehigh Valley
  • Keeps the best and brightest physicians by making it easier for them to learn and practice without leaving their home community
  • Utilizes the latest technological breakthroughs for you, our patients
  • Brings major, city-based, university-level care to you, so you don't have to travel

These are a few of the many reasons we are...
St. Luke's University Health Network:

St. Luke's was the only area hospital named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country.

More than 100 of our physicians teach at prestigious medical schools such as Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

We educate more than 150 physicians in 20 fully accredited internship, residency and fellowship programs.

Neurosurgeon Steven Falowski, MD, performed the first Deep Brain Stimulation surgery and RestoreSensor Neurostimulator®  implant surgery in the Lehigh Valley.

With the Temple University School of Medicine, St. Luke's has created the first and only regional medical school campus in the Lehigh Valley.

St. Luke's is the first and only cancer program in Pennsylvania to earn the American College of Surgeons' highest quality cancer award for three consecutive survey cycles.

Cardiac surgeon Stephen Olenchock, DO, was among the first surgeons in the region to perform minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery.

Vascular surgeons James Balshi, MD, and Jay Fisher, MD, recently completed vascular surgery fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic.

St. Luke's was the first hospital in the nation to offer patients surgical guarantees on robotic procedures, and has the most experienced robotic surgery team in Pennsylvania.

Each year, more than 1,000 students receive clinical instruction at St. Luke's, making it the largest community-based teaching hospital in the area. Annually, we educate more students than any other similar institution.