ST. LUKE’S WARREN CAMPUS MARKS 90TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EXPANSION PLAN
February 27, 2013
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ; FEBRUARY 26, 2013-----St. Luke’s Warren Campus used the occasion of its 90th birthday and its first anniversary as a member of the St. Luke’s University Health Network to announce an ambitious plan for expansion over the next two years.
President Scott R. Wolfe described a series of initiatives that will enhance inpatient care and bring outpatient services deeper into the community. Highlights of the initiatives include:
- Expansion of satellite services. Warren Hills Family Practice in Washington, New Jersey will be expanded to include radiology and outpatient physical therapy services. Physician coverage will expand to include additional family physicians in addition to medical specialists. Similar plans are in the works for expanded services at St. Luke’s Hillcrest Professional Plaza in Phillipsburg and at yet-to-be-determined locations in Warren County.
- New inpatient facilities. Patient rooms will be remodeled and the existing Intensive Care Unit will be replaced with a state-of-the-art facility within the present hospital that can flex to accommodate patient needs—from intensive care through standard medical/surgical cases. The existing Intensive Care Unit will be renovated into an Observation Unit for patients who are under observation but not yet admitted.
- Build Physician Resources. Realizing that Warren County is medically underserved, St. Luke’s Warren will seek to expand its base of primary care physicians and recruit much needed specialists in areas like neurology, cardiology, and pediatric specialties. In addition, specialists from the St. Luke's Network will see patients in New Jersey at several locations throughout the hospital’s service area.
- Women’s Services. Although St. Luke’s Warren Campus had hoped to reinstate maternity services, research revealed that current birth rates in the area are too low to warrant the investment. Instead, the hospital will develop a full program of pre- and post-natal care with delivery at St. Luke’s in Bethlehem. Women’s gynecologic oncology services will continue to be a priority along with minimally invasive surgery.
Total investment in the various projects during the next two years is budgeted at $30 million.
Commenting on the expansion plans, Mr. Wolfe said, “In just one year, the Warren Campus has become a valued partner in the St. Luke’s University Health Network. Warren has been a vitally important institution in Phillipsburg for 90 years, and we intend to ensure its presence in the community for many years to come by making sure the hospital has the physicians, facilities and equipment it needs to serve its community.”