August 17, 2011
"We are very excited to partner with NCC to bring our services closer to the heart of South Bethlehem," said Rick Anderson, president & CEO of St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. "Improving health care is largely about accessibility, and our new facility in the Fowler Family Southside Center will allow our patients easier access from the start."
The occasion was a reception celebrating the opening of St. Luke's SouthSide Medical Center and St. Luke's KidsCare pediatric practice on the second floor of Northampton Community College's Fowler Family Southside Center.
In spacious new suites, doctors, nurses, and physicians assistants from St. Luke's will provide care for more than 50,000 patients a year, ranging from toddlers with earaches and belly aches to adults who will be able to be seen by staff with expertise in cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology and other specialties.
Students in Northampton's nursing and medical assisting programs will rotate through the clinics - observing, assisting and learning from health care professionals with years of experience.
According to Northampton Community College's president, Dr. Arthur Scott, this is exactly the kind of partnership that the College had in mind when it purchased the former Bethlehem Steel plant offices at 511 East Third Street in 2005 and began the daunting task of converting the aging 6-story building into a state-of-the-art educational center that would also serve the community in other ways.
In addition to classrooms and computer labs, the Fowler Family Southside Center now also houses
•a workforce training center,
•the Cops 'n' Kids Reading Room
•dance and art studios
•a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen
•a Fab Lab
•professional development headquarters for healthcare professions, leadership and executive development, public safety and emergency services and the casino industry
• technical, trades and computer training,
•an adult literacy center, and
•the Emerging Technologies Application Center (ETAC).
At the celebration heralding the opening of the community medical centers, Scott and Anderson used the same words in describing the addition: "win, win, win" - for the college, for the hospital, and, "most importantly" for residents of the Southside.