What are some facts about Lehigh Valley Hospital?


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Lehigh Valley Hospital, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, features specialized services in breast health, sleep disorders, HIV/AIDs, hepatitis and hospice care. The hospital opened in 1899 as Allentown Hospital and is part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

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Lehigh Valley Hospital features four hospital facilities within its network, all in eastern Pennsylvania. These facilities are Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital 17th Street in Allentown, Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, and Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton. The Allentown location additionally includes the Children's Hospital and Children's ER, the only such facilities in the Lehigh Valley.

The hospital features 95 clinical specialties, clinical research and a partnership with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. The hospital offers community health centers in Bangor, Bath, Bethlehem Township, Emmaus, Hamburg and Hazleton, as well as Kutztown, Macungie, Moselem Springs and Quakertown.

The original facility in Allentown opened under the leadership of 13 women community leaders who raised $5,300 to purchase the land. Lehigh Valley Hospital saw no future expansion until 1961, when the Muhlenberg facility opened after the purchase of land by Lutheran clergy. The Cedar Crest center opened in 1974, and in 2014 the hospital merged with the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance.

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