WRIGHT TWP. — Lehigh Valley Health Network opened a new health center here on March 21.
The Health Center at Mountain Top is an approximately 14,000-square-foot facility located in the Weis Shopping Plaza off South Mountain Boulevard. The Lehigh Valley Health Network is based in Allentown, and the new center is the network’s second non-hospital facility in Luzerne County, joining the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, roughly 16 miles away.
The center offers 14 exam rooms, including express care rooms, according to William Reppy, vice president of operations at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton. Express care rooms are part of Phase I of the project but have not yet been completed.
“It’s a lower-end emergency type operation, (treatment for) non critical patients,” Reppy said of the future Express Care. “Think family practice with walk-ins.”
Planning for the facility began in early 2015 with construction beginning in November 2015.
“This was just phase I,” Reppy said. “Phase II will add up to 17 exam rooms.”
Construction for Phase II is expected to begin within the next 30 to 45 days. When complete, the building will be the third largest LVHN facility in Luzerne County, behind the hospital in Hazleton and the Health & Wellness Center on Moisey Drive, across the Airport Beltway from Walmart in Hazle Township.
“It’s significant in size in comparison to a doctor’s office, five times (larger than) a normal doctor’s office,” Reppy noted.
Along with having Dr. Mark Radziewicz and a nurse practitioner on site, the center also offers diagnostic tests such as stress echos, laboratory services and physical and occupational therapy. The company wants to add OB-GYN and cardiology services in the future. If the demand requires more specialists, Reppy said, they will adjust accordingly.
“(We’ve) begun to think about getting services closer to where they need them,” Reppy said. “(LHVN) is very vested in Mountain Top.”
Before the merger of the LVHN and the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance in 2014, “Mountain Top has always been on Hazleton’s radar,” Reppy said, adding that Radziewicz was part of the planning and “one of the key things to make the decision (to move to Mountain Top).”
About 100 patients have come through the doors of the facility since the opening, but Reppy is pleased with the turnout.
“It takes time to build a practice,” he said.
Wait times are almost “non-existent” at the facility, he said.
Radziewicz accepts walk-ins. To schedule an appointment, call Radziewicz’s office at 570-261-5000 or the LVHN central appointment line at 570-501-4LVH (4584).
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