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LVHN cuts the ribbon on the first community hospital in Montgomery County

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

Lehigh Valley Health Network officials cut the ribbon Friday on the tri-state region’s first community hospital.

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Gilbertsville will begin serving patients upon approval by Department of Health officials following final inspections.

The opening marks the completion of the first portion of Gilbertsville’s new medical campus at 1109 Grosser Road in Douglas Township, Montgomery County. LVHN said the Gilbertsville health center will open later this summer.

Health center services include adult and pediatric rehabilitation, chest health services, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac and nuclear testing, cardiology, HNL Lab Medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, physiology, primary care, pulmonary diseases and rheumatology. LVHN said obstetrics and gynecology services are expected to be available early next year.

The new hospital and health center will provide healthcare services not currently available in the region, according to the network.

“LVH-Gilbertsville is part of our ongoing effort to bring you world-class healthcare, making it more convenient than ever to get the expert help you need, when you and your family need it,” said Dr. Michael Rossi, executive vice president and chief clinical officer for LVHN during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Overall, LVHN is growing to meet the community’s needs for care and convenience in the areas we serve. That means hiring more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to be there when you need us, for example in our community hospitals and adjacent health centers.”

This year, LVHN celebrates its 125th anniversary, a historic milestone and looks to the future.

“Healthcare doesn’t stand still and neither do we,” Rossi said.

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Gilbertsville is the second of several community hospitals LVHN plans to build in the region. It is a self-contained, licensed acute care hospital. In addition to the full-service emergency room with 11 beds, it also has a 10-bed medical department and outpatient diagnostic services.

Someone arriving at LVH-Gilbertsville with more acute medical issues or requiring surgery would be stabilized and transported to a larger hospital in the region with increased care capacity, LVHN said. Pediatric patients requiring inpatient care will be routinely transferred to Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.

Other inpatient hospital services include laboratory and imaging. Imaging services, including x-rays, ultrasound, CT scan and MRI, are also offered on an outpatient basis.

LVHN’s first community hospital, LVH-Macungie, opened in March.

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