St. Luke’s University Health Network Awarded $750,000 for Hospital Project in Carbon County, Announce Heffley, Yudichak

HARRISBURG – August 1, 2019 − St. Luke’s University Health Network today was awarded a $750,000 state grant that will go toward construction of its new hospital in Franklin Township, Carbon County, announced Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon). The two legislators, working together, played a key role in securing the funding through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).  

“I fully support this important project, which will provide residents of the county and beyond with access to high-quality patient care much closer to home,” said Heffley. “In addition, the hundreds of family-sustaining health care jobs being created will have a positive impact on our local economy.”

“Today’s state funding announcement for the construction of a brand-new St. Luke’s University Health Network hospital facility in Franklin Township is a game-changer for the people and visitors of Carbon County,” Yudichak said. “The state’s investment will offer convenient, quality health care to our Carbon County residents with a state-of-the-art hospital that will also boost the regional economy with the creation and retention of over 900 family-sustaining jobs.”

St. Luke’s plans to construct a three-story, 155,500-square-foot acute care hospital which will consolidate all inpatient, outpatient and emergency services from the two existing hospitals it operates in the county into one modern facility. The new hospital will have a 15-20 bed emergency department, at least three operating rooms, a radiology department and additional ancillary services. The Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton medical campuses are being repurposed to provide additional health care services to complement the new hospital.

“This grant is great news for Carbon County. It will help St. Luke’s get started on construction of its new full-service, 80-bed hospital in Franklin Township that will create hundreds of family-sustaining jobs and allow area residents to receive even complex medical care close to home,” said John Nespoli, president of St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses. 

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.

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Yudichak and Mullery Announce RACP Funding for Continued Downtown Naticoke Revitalization

Nanticoke, August 17, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne) announced today a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) grant for the Nantego Development Project in downtown Nanticoke.

The Nantego Development Project is an estimated $21 million project that will create approximately 40 affordable senior housing units that will include 36 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units. The project will also include retail spaces below the senior housing units.

The Nantego Development Project is part of a host of projects that are focused on revitalizing Nanticoke’s downtown by improving the infrastructure, streetscape, pedestrian safety, and economic development.

“Governor Wolf’s strategic support of Nanticoke, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will enable the Nantego Developmemt Project to bring new housing and retail opportunities to downtown Nanticoke, continuing the city’s revitalization and spurring additional economic development throughout the South Valley,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“There’s no doubt that downtown Nanticoke needs to be revitalized and this funding is a big step in the right direction,” said Representative Mullery. “Today’s grant announcement can attract further public and private investment, which will help to complete the project, bringing jobs and businesses back to the downtown.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

 

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Senator Yudichak Announces $1.5 Million in State Grant Funding for Wilkes University and King’s College

Harrisburg, December 22, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over $1.5 million in state grant funding has been awarded to Wilkes University and King’s College. 

Wilkes University will receive $1 million to upgrade their pharmacy facilities to allow Wilkes University the ability to deliver a 21st century educational experience for their pharmacy program. Renovations will be made to the Stark Learning Center, including new classrooms, new observation rooms, lab renovations, and a new pharmacy call center.

King’s College will receive $500,000 for renovations to the former Spring Brook Water Supply Company. The building will be used to house their Civil and Mechanical Engineering programs. Renovations will include six laboratories, four large multi-use classrooms, student study areas, and faculty offices.

“Wilkes University and King’s College have been great partners in the renaissance of downtown Wilkes-Barre, advancing a public-private partnership concept that is strengthening their educational institutions and helping set the stage for job growth in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak.

In addition to the projects funded for Wilkes University and King’s College, the Waterfront Management Group, LLC received $500,000 for a mixed use complete rehabilitation of a warehouse creating 27 market rate apartments, a food court, retail space, and a business incubator in Pittston City.

“The Luzerne County legislative delegation, both Democrat and Republican, continue to work together to fight for public funding that leverages private sector investments in our communities and in regional economic growth,” said Senator Yudichak.

The grants are administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of the Budget. Senator Lisa Baker, Senator John Blake, Senator John Gordner, Representative Karen Boback, Representative Tarah Toohil, Representative Gerald Mullery, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Representative Mike Carroll, and Representative Aaron Kaufer also assisted with securing funding for these projects in Luzerne County.

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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce State Grant Funding for the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center

Harrisburg, December 22, 2017 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center has received $250,000 in state grant funding.

The funds will be used to complete site preparation and construction associated with the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center in the Borough of Nesquehoning. This includes construction of the fireman’s training building, observation tower, and law enforcement training center.

“The Carbon County Commissioners have worked tirelessly to secure funding for the construction of the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center. It is imperative that our first responders have a top-notch facility as they work to protect the residents of Carbon County, and the funding awarded today will certainly assist with those efforts,” said Senator John Yudichak.

“Improving public safety is a top priority of mine, and I am glad to see that funds have been secured for the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center. Giving our first responders the resources they need for training will benefit every single community in Carbon County and make Carbon County a safer place to live,” said Representative Heffley.

The grants are administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of the Budget.

 

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Yudichak and Heffley Announce $1 Million in State Grant Funding for the Borough of Weatherly

JIM THORPE, November 23, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Borough of Weatherly will receive $1 million in state grant funding.

The funding will be used to revitalize the downtown commercial section of the Borough. The borough has obtained easements to create a bike/hiking trail to the Lehigh Gorge State Park and the trail head will be in the downtown section of the borough. The relocation of the Borough offices and Magistrate Building will open parking and commercial sales to the downtown business district.

“Congratulations to the leaders of Weatherly Borough who have fought hard to advance economic and community development opportunities for the residents of Weatherly. With this funding, residents and visitors will see a transformed downtown that they will be able to enjoy for years to come,” said Senator Yudichak.

“This is a significant project that will improve public safety in Weatherly Borough, and I would like to congratulate borough officials for all their hard work. The Weatherly Borough Downtown Revitalization Project is a wonderful investment in the community and I am pleased to see state funding for this project,” said Representative Heffley.

“The Borough of Weatherly is extremely excited about their economic future with the award of the RACP grant for the redevelopment of our downtown. We would like to thank Governor Wolf for awarding the borough this grant as well as Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Doyle Heffley for their continued support and efforts in helping us to secure this great opportunity to move our community forward,” said Weatherly Borough Manager Harold Pudliner.

The grant is administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Gov. Tom Wolf’s Office of Budget; and can be used for acquisition and construction of economic development projects in a number of categories including cultural, civic, recreation and historical. 

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