New Health Center Opens in Monroe County

First facility Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono has opened since merger

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A new health center is officially open in Monroe County. This is the first facility Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono has opened since it merged with Pocono Medical Center last year.

Doctor Ian Foster enjoys working from the new health center along Independance Drive in Smithfield Township. Instead of being alone in an office, he works alongside other medical professionals.

"You can get a curbside consult with another doctor very quickly. There's a lot of other doctors here," says Dr. Ian Foster, LVHN, Family Medicine Doctor.

You'll find a variety of services including cardiology, pediactric, gynecology and family medicine.

"We didn't have one in this area. We had scattered physician practices. This is bringing all the practices together under one roof," says Elizabeth Wise, President, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono.

The new health care center has created 65 new jobs. Wise adds, "everything here is brand new equipment. It's state of the art."

Michelle Bisbing works with the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation. She says a Wall Street West location was originally planned for the site.

She explains, "it was a data center project in response to the events of 9/11. The SEC wanted their financial services firms to diversify and create off-site locations."

Bisbing says those plans fell through, and it was back to the drawing board. "And after a few reiterations we ended up with a nice, beautiful office building," she smiles.

The building cost more than $8 million dollars. A grant helped pay for it.

Lehigh Valley Health Network has four other health care centers in Bartonsville, Blakeslee, Brodheadsville and Tobyhanna.


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