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St. Luke’s Penn Foundation Receives Grant to Support Expanded Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently awarded a $3.9 million dollar grant to St. Luke’s Penn Foundation. This two year, Federally-funded grant allows St. Luke’s Penn Foundation to implement the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model for care delivery, which ensures access to 24/7/365 crisis care, care coordination with hospitals, law enforcement and schools and access to high-quality services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help stop the overdose crisis, among other capabilities.

“Being awarded this significant grant on the heels of the St. Luke’s Penn Foundation affiliation  announcement brings to light the possibility of what the St. Luke’s University Health Network and St. Luke’s Penn Foundation can do together to create a cohesive system of care and improve access to behavioral health services for the benefit of our growing community,” said Wayne A. Mugrauer, president, St. Luke’s Penn Foundation. “We are honored to be selected as a CCBHC and look forward to working collaboratively with regional partners to enhance access to care, address service gaps, mitigate navigation barriers, deliver integrated services – including medical specialties and primary care – and address unmet community needs.”

St. Luke’s Penn Foundation applied for this funding to implement new initiatives and programming that will increase team-based care, improve successful transitions of care, and reduce inpatient admissions. St. Luke’s Penn Foundation anticipates that about 17,000 individuals will benefit from services directly related to this funding over the next two years.

About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 16,000 employees providing services at 12 hospitals sites and 300+ outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue in excess of $2.7 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s established the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 38 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 387 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system to earn Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Luke’s #1 in the Lehigh Valley and #6 in the state.  Three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals are St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s flagship University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health nine times total and seven years in a row, including in 2021 when it was identified as THE #1 TEACHING HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY.  In 2021, IBM Watson Health also named St. Luke’s among the 15 Top Health Systems nationally.  Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  In 2021, the Network became the first health system in Pennsylvania or New Jersey to win a second prestigious Davies Award of Excellence for information technology. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.