St. Luke’s Allentown Campus undergoes $6.3 million expansion and renovation

Cris Collingwood//March 16, 2022

St. Luke’s Allentown Campus undergoes $6.3 million expansion and renovation

Cris Collingwood//March 16, 2022

St. Luke’s Allentown Campus is undergoing a $6.3 million renovation and expansion to accommodate increases in emergency patients.  

 The renovation will include relocating the ER entrance to improve access and adding a new waiting area and nine new treatment areas. 

St. Luke’s Allentown emergency department to undergo $6.3 million expansion and renovation. PHOTO/PROVIDED –

Advanced LifeAire technology will purify the air and create negative air flow, adding yet another measure of safety from infections for patients, visitors and caregivers, a first in any hospital ER in Pennsylvania, St. Luke’s said.   

LifeAire Systems, Allentown, produces the industry’s most advanced equipment for keeping patients safe from airborne pathogens by removing COVID, anthrax and other infections. The hospital’s fifth floor was the first patient care unit in the country outfitted with these Allentown-designed and manufactured purifiers, the hospital said.   

Also, for the convenience of patients, the ER patient entrance will be relocated from the north side of the hospital, facing Hamilton Street, to the southeast corner, on Maple Street and adjacent to the hospital’s main entrance.   

“In keeping with St. Luke’s mission of treating our patients as our first priority, this location will make access easier for those who are coming from the parking deck to find either the ER or main hospital entrance,” said Bill Moyer, president of St. Luke’s Allentown Campus. The ambulance entrance will remain on the hospital’s north side.   

A 20,000-square-foot addition, and partial reconfiguration, of the ER will add nine private patient bays—increasing them to a total 41– and five “results waiting” lounge chairs. 

The current emergency department, with 32 patient bays, has become too small to handle frequent surges of patients, said Dr. Christopher Stromski, chief of the emergency room. Sometimes during busy hours or days, patients unfortunately must wait for treatment or an inpatient bed in alternative treatment spaces. 

“By expanding patient treatment space, we will seek to improve the emergency care experience for our patients who come here during some of the worst days of their lives,” said Ryan Kloss, the department’s patient care manager. 

Moyer says the upsized ER will be able to accommodate as many as 70, 000 patients per year, which is expected to become the norm there in the near future.  The project is expected to be completed late this summer or early in the fall.   

“We have increasing demand for our services from the residents of Allentown, who put their trust in us,” Moyer said. “We want to continue to provide them with the best care possible, making sure they feel safe and secure.”