The growth of the Lehigh Valley Health Network in the region and beyond will include a new education and training center in Lehigh County.
The final steel beam was recently placed on the LVHN Health Education Center in the Stabler Corporate Center at 3900 Sierra Circle, Upper Saucon Township.
Construction on the 70,000-square-foot site, visible from nearby Route 309 and the Center Valley Parkway, is expected to be completed by the end of this year and open in early 2023.
The site brings together three of the network’s education service sites and will serve as a hub for the network’s education and training programs.
LVHN’s education department includes 1,200 medical, nursing and other students; 340 residents and scholarship holders; and the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill.
The new building will include:
- A state-of-the-art simulation center
- A life-size training operating room
- Plug-and-play capability for learners and ability to stream to other sites
- Increase in class size and flexibility
- A reception area, a space dedicated to catering, a catering and event space, an auditorium with 150 seats and large computer laboratories and storage spaces
LVHN is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the state.
The new building is an investment in its educational infrastructure and “proof of our continued investment in our colleagues,” said Dr. Michael A. Rossi, executive vice president and clinical director of LVHN, on a broadcast Tuesday.
Educational opportunities include professional development and integration, continuing education, undergraduate and graduate medical education, e-learning and healthcare simulation, said Dr Robert Barraco, academic director of LVHN.
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