St. Luke's University Health Network

Message from the President and CEO


Message from the President & CEO
of St. Luke's University Health Network

I am very proud of St. Luke's University Health Network, our facilities, our services, and especially our employees and our physicians. It is the special people at St. Luke's that make the difference when you need care.

Tradition of Health Care in the Lehigh Valley

You might not know that St. Luke's was originally founded in 1872 to care for the workers at the Steel Foundries in Bethlehem. Today, a century and a half later, St. Luke's has grown into one of the state's largest health care networks. We provide service at 300+ locations that span 60 miles north to south and serve more than one million people living in ten counties in two states. Our 1,400+ physicians, 14,000+ employees and more than 1,600+ volunteers provide overnight care to for tens of thousands of patients a year and hundreds of thousands of outpatients. As a health network and major teaching facility, we also have the resources required to train the next generation of health care providers. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus . Nursing students train in our St. Luke's School of Nursing - the longest continuously operating school in the country - as well as in programs conducted collaboratively with area colleges. For physicians seeking additional training, we offer 226 intern/resident/fellowship positions in 28 accredited programs.

Many Awards for Clinical Excellence

St. Luke's has some of the most experienced physicians and nurses in our industry who strive for innovations that will improve your care and help make your hospital stay more comfortable. Their efforts help earn St. Luke's recognition as a Top 100 Hospital and many other awards for our clinical excellence. St. Luke's consistently performs better than other hospitals in the Lehigh Valley in publicly reported performance reports. St. Luke's stands in no one's shadow when it comes to quality. In fact, others consistently stand in ours. As you peruse this web site, you'll see why St. Luke's is regarded as a world class premiere health system and a community pillar.

St. Luke's is also proud to be a partner with other organizations on initiatives to improve the quality of health care and life in the Greater Lehigh Valley. I am especially pleased with our employees' efforts in these many programs and the results that help restore the health and well-being of our more vulnerable and those less fortunate citizens. We have the organizational resources, talent, culture and will to continue to enter into “win-win” mutually respectful partnerships that control health care costs and ensure access to care now and in the future.

Focus on the Best in Quality

As politicians continue to debate health care policy, and change asserts itself on this industry, we will continue our tradition of focusing on three core values – quality, safety and continuing to be the most cost-effective health network in the Lehigh Valley. We will also continue to remain one of the most cost effective care providers in the nation - meaning you, our patients, get more for less.

So browse our web site, see what we offer and what we've accomplished. 

Quality Awards