St. Luke’s Monroe to see 100,000th emergency department visit
St. Luke’s Monroe Campus in Stroudsburg will care for its 100,000th Emergency Department patient this weekend. (As Friday morning, the count was 99,791.)
This major milestone comes just months after the Monroe Campus marked two years of exceptional service to the Poconos. Since it officially opened in October 2016, the hospital has cared for tens of thousands of Monroe County residents, allowing people to receive the highest level of care close to home.
“The first new hospital in Monroe County in 100 years, St. Luke’s Monroe Campus introduced a higher standard of care to the Poconos,” St. Luke’s Monroe President Don Seiple said.
Now in its third year, St. Luke’s Monroe Campus has created 750 family-sustaining, economy-boosting jobs for Pocono residents.
“Our ties with the community are very strong and continue to strengthen every day,” Seiple said. “We have developed strong partnerships with the residents here as we continue to invest generously in the community with both the financial support and resources we provide to many nonprofit and educational partners.”
In the fall, for example, St. Luke’s Monroe Campus worked with more than a dozen local community groups and families to build six raised garden beds – part of a broader nutrition education program that is part of St. Luke’s of Healthy Kids, Bright Futures initiative. Healthy Kids, Bright Futures is one of the five main focus areas for the St. Luke’s Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine and includes a variety of programs and services for children “from cradle to career.”
Among those offerings, a vision program provides eye exams and glasses at no charge to the children in Monroe County, a dental program offers a full-service mobile dental clinic, and a literacy program brings hospital staff and elementary students together to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Other recent accomplishments at St. Luke’s Monroe Campus include:
• Earning stroke accreditation from the Joint Commission, a key designation that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting high performance standards.
• Opening its new $22 million Cancer Center and Medical Office Building, which expands the breadth of offerings at St. Luke’s Monroe Campus to include medical, surgical and gynecologic oncology, radiation therapy, infusion (chemotherapy), imaging, orthopedics and a sleep lab.
• Opening St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center-Monroe, a diagnostic breast imaging facility for patients in need of screening and diagnostic mammograms or advanced breast imaging. The facility has a new mammography system that features remote control, allowing patients to control their own breast compression with help of a technologist.