This year marks the start of a new hospital serving Quakertown and the surrounding region, and it will be named St. Luke’s Upper Bucks.
“St. Luke’s name change is a testament to their commitment to the region. They are providing services to a wider footprint in the upper portion of Upper Bucks and surrounding areas,” said Danielle Bodnar, executive director of Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
The new facility under construction at Route 663 and Portzer Road in Milford Township has been years in the making.
It will include a 16-bed emergency department, 40 bed medical/surgical unit, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), four operating rooms and interventional radiology services.
Interventional radiology is a medical specialty using minimally invasive guided technology to diagnose and treat disease.
“St. Luke’s Quakertown has been a vital part of our community for almost 25 years…,” said Dennis Pfleiger in a press release. Pfleiger is president of St Luke’s Quakertown and Upper Bucks campuses.
Once open this year, the new facility replaces St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital, located at Park Avenue in Quakertown Borough.
Quakertown Hospital was founded in 1930 and acquired by St. Luke’s University Health Network in 1995.
“The Borough of Quakertown has a great relationship with St. Luke’s Hospital, and we are pleased to continue our partnership with them as they provide superlative medical care to our community,” said Scott McElree, Quakertown borough manager and police chief.
Construction cost estimates to build St. Luke’s Upper Bucks are roughly $100 million.
The existing facility in Quakertown will be owned by St. Luke’s and converted to physician offices and care services, McElree said.
St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus is a three-story, 131,000 square-foot facility.
“This name change seems like a significant and noteworthy representation of their mission for our communities,” Bodnar said.
Public improvements along Route 663, including turning lanes and traffic signal synchronization are all part of the project.
St. Luke’s Upper Bucks will anchor Milford Village, a massive multi-use development on roughly 216-acres fronted by Route 663 and bounded by Mill Hill and Portzer roads.
The project reroutes the existing Mill Hill Road slated for closure to through-traffic on June 17.
Roger Hiser, president and CEO of LifeQuest Nursing Center and Lehigh Valley Real Estate Developer Del Markward of Caracor LLC in Upper Macungie Township have been shepherding the project for more than 15 years.
In addition to St. Luke’s Upper Bucks, Milford Village will include independent and assisted living facilities, a dementia and memory care unit, apartments and housing, as well as retail shops and restaurants.