LOWER NAZARETH TWP., Pa. - Lehigh Valley Health Network broke ground Friday on a new health campus, this time in Lower Nazareth Township.
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hecktown Oaks, a 200,000 square-foot health campus, includes a two-story hospital with an emergency room, cancer institute, and medical offices.
LVHN President Brian Nester says branching out is part of new strategy to tackle growing costs.
"Right after the Affordable Care Act we kinda looked at what's the future look like, one of the biggest statistics was that there would be a 62% increase in Medicare eligibles just in the Lehigh and Northampton County over an 18 year period," Nester said.
Which translates into more expensive inpatient care.
"How do we take care of people better before they wind up needing the hospital, how do we give expanded outpatient services," Nester said.
Facilities like the one in Lower Nazareth Township is aimed at giving patients convenient locations to monitor their health and prevent more serious issues.
And you can expect to see more satellite campuses as time goes on.