April 24, 2017 | Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has agreed to move almost 500 Information Services, Enterprise Analytics and Clinical Informatics employees to offices at Three City Center, part of Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ), beginning in November.
The employees will be moving from the 1245 and 1247 buildings in Cedar Crest Professional Park in Salisbury Township once LVHN’s leases for those offices have expired. They will be moving into a total of 81,000 square feet of space across three floors in the downtown Allentown location. A long-term lease at Three City Center has been approved by LVHN’s Board of Trustees.
“Thanks to favorable lease rates offered through the NIZ, LVHN will be able to reduce network operating expenses with this move,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, LVHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It gives us the opportunity to move into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient office space, which will result in even more cost savings. It also helps us to establish more of an LVHN presence in the downtown Allentown area.”
In addition to providing services at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street since its founding in 1899, LVHN began its venture into the center city area in 2014 when it opened a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art sports medicine and fitness location at One City Center, a seven-story office building adjacent to the PPL Center arena. It occupies five floors and includes sports performance, sports medicine, sports nutrition, concussion management and rehabilitation services. Since then, several LVHN departments have moved to office space at One City Center.
Initially, 350 employees will be moving into two floors at Three City Center and be operational there by Nov. 1. Another 125 or more are expected to occupy a third floor by June, 2018. Three City Center is just a block away from One City Center.
“From the beginning, LVHN has been committed to the revitalization effort that has been transforming downtown Allentown for a number of years now,” Nester said. “We’re honored to be able to play a role in that effort.”
“As the largest healthcare provider and employer in the region, LVHN plays a key economic development role in the Lehigh Valley and downtown Allentown. LVHN continues to take a major leadership role in the transformation of the city, and their commitment to the downtown Allentown community is vital,” said J.B. Reilly, cofounder and president of City Center Investment Corp. “City Center is excited that LVHN has chosen to grow downtown, and we’re confident their employees will enjoy the vibrant environment here.”
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses – three in Allentown including the region’s only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 18 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 12 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the region, provides care in 28 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 21 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. LVHN’s Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials.