St. Luke’s breaks ground on new Carbon Campus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has broken ground on its new St. Luke’s Carbon Campus.

Oct. 3 groundbreaking ceremony for St. Luke’s Carbon Campus. – submitted

Situated on more than 100 acres at the intersection of Fairyland and Harrity roads in Franklin Township, the $80 million campus will provide a range of specialty services in a three-story, 80-bed, 155,000-square-foot hospital.

“What a great day for Carbon County,” said John Nespoli, president of St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten Campus in Lehighton, at the Oct. 3 groundbreaking ceremony. “We are breaking ground for the creation of a regional medical center that will provide comprehensive state-of-the-art care for the residents of this county for generations to come.”

SLUHN reports that the new hospital will be built with American steel, and will house 20 emergency department exam rooms, three operating rooms and two operating room procedure rooms.

Specialty services will include trauma, cardiology, neurology and radiology, among others.

Construction of the Carbon Campus is expected to employ over 200 construction workers and construction is expected to be completed in the next two years.

St. Luke’s is also entering the final stages of construction on two other new hospitals and a new hospital wing, the St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus outside Quakertown, the Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, and the Women and Babies Pavilion at the Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township, all expected to open this fall and winter.