The new health campus is proposed east of the Hecktown Road interchange on Route 33, stretching from Hecktown Road north to Newburg Road.
Plans include a single-story, 156,000-square-foot hospital and two-story, 61,500-square-foot medical office building, serving people of all ages, the health network announced Monday. Services are to include advanced surgical, emergency, and orthopedic care; advanced imaging; and diagnostic testing.
Lehigh Valley Health Network plans to announce the name of the campus when ground is broken this spring. Opening is slated for fall 2020.
The proposal is currently before the Lower Nazareth Township Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, awaiting final approval.
According to Monday’s announcement, one-third of Northampton County residents receive health-care services from LVHN. The network operates eight hospitals. St. Luke’s University Health Network operates another hospital off Route 33 in Northampton County, at Freemansburg Avenue in Bethlehem Township.
Over the last seven years, the number of visits from Northampton County residents to providers in the network’s Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) increased 91 percent, with more than 430,000 LVPG visits from Northampton County residents during the 2018 fiscal year.
“The people of Northampton County asked for convenient access to LVHN services, and we listened,” the health network’s president and CEO, Dr. Brian Nester, said in a news release. “By providing the advanced services and technology for which LVHN is known, close to where families live, work and play, we can help more people live their healthiest life.”
LVHN owns about 180 acres at the site, and says the hospital and medical office building will occupy about 25 acres of 59 acres earmarked for phase-one development.
The hospital will include an emergency room for adults and children, including space designed just for children; private patient rooms with views of a “healing garden”; state-of-the-art operating suites; Lehigh Valley Special Surgery Institute and Lehigh Valley Heart Institute services; a Musculoskeletal Center, according to Monday’s announcement.
The medical office building is designed for access to outpatient primary and specialty care, including breast health services, leading-edge diagnostic testing and comprehensive rehabilitation services.
“We have been at the forefront of LVHN’s expansion in Northampton County and eagerly anticipate the new hospital in proximity to our practice,” Dr. Harvey Hakim, practice lead of LVPG Internal Medicine-Nazareth Road, says in a news release. “The new health campus will benefit our patients who are accustomed to the personalized, accessible and high-quality care we provide.”
Editor’s note: This article was changed from its original version to correct the owner/operator of the hospital at Route 33 and Freemansburg Avenue in Bethlehem Township.