– Lehigh Valley Health Network today was awarded a $1 million state grant will go toward a multi-phased expansion project at its Health and Wellness Center in Hazleton, announced Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), who, working together, played a key role in securing the funding through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
“I strongly support this project, which will greatly enhance the health care services available to local residents, and am extremely pleased it was approved for funding,” said Toohil. “The planned expansion will also create job opportunities and help to spur further economic development.”
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton’s Health and Wellness Center campus is located along the Airport Beltway in Hazle and Butler townships. The funding received will assist with a major expansion of facilities and consolidation of outpatient services that will create an ambulatory medical mall at this location.
New services being planned for the medical mall include a medical pavilion, primary care pavilion, women and children’s pavilion, surgical center, cancer services expansion, and an urgent care center. Additionally, wellness, rehab, fitness, cardiac rehab and ancillary testing services such as laboratory, cardiology and imaging will be centrally located there.
“Lehigh Valley Health Network offers quality health care services to patients across northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Today’s funding will allow the Lehigh Valley Health Network to expand its services at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton in an effort to deliver access to affordable, quality health care,” said Yudichak.
“On behalf of our senior leadership at Lehigh Valley Health Network, as well as our entire team at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton, I want to express our extreme gratitude to all the members of our state legislative delegation for this support,” said John Fletcher, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton president. “They worked very hard on our behalf to secure this significant funding to help meet the health care needs in Hazleton and surrounding communities. This funding will go a long way toward providing critical services and access for local residents as we expand and advance our health care campus.”
RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office