New Health Care Competitor Arriving in Pennsburg

The Health Center at Pennsburg (at top), now under construction and to be operated by the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is scheduled to open during early 2022

PENNSBURG PA – Although the Allentown-based Lehigh Valley Health Network currently provides appointments with a pediatric physician at Pottstown Hospital, according to its website, it has not yet opened practitioners’ offices or any other facility in adjacent Montgomery County. That’s scheduled to change during early 2022.

In media, on billboards, and online, the network has spent a portion of 2021 heavily promoting the coming launch of its first physical foray into the county. It intends to open a Health Center at Pennsburg to be located in the former Seventh Street Medical Center, 101 W. Seventh St.

It bought the property at the very start of the pandemic, March 2020, for $880,000 from the Upper Perkiomen Medical Association, county property records show. Pennsburg borough officials report the network plans to invest around $3 million in improvements, based on already issued construction and other permits.

The two-story building and accompanying parking lot on 2.38 acres were built in 1987, and the structure encompasses more than 23,800 square feet of space. County information indicates its renovations have been under way since at least Aug. 3 (2021).

The network’s promotional materials proclaim the new center will “provide a full spectrum of care, including family medicine physicians, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatric specialty care, adult and pediatric rehabilitation services, imaging services, mobile breast-health services, walk-in emergency care “for common illnesses and minor injuries,” and a “full-service medical laboratory providing testing and related services.”

Lehigh Valley knows it will find plenty of competition in, and likely hopes to wrest business from, other providers in the Pennsburg market area, a radius of roughly 10 miles in any direction. Among them are:

Additionally, there’s Community Health and Dental Care. It began in 2008 with funding from the Pottstown Area Health and Welfare Foundation and other providers, as a primarily Pottstown-oriented non-profit community health center. It opened offices in Barto, less than 10 miles from Pennsburg, in September 2020. As a designated federally qualified health center, Community Health and Dental caters to patient niches that health care professionals claim are overlooked by other providers.

Got questions about Lehigh Valley’s new Pennsburg site? Call it toll-free, its website suggested, at 1-888-402-5846.

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This story is one of several The Posts are publishing between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day that take a retrospective look at events and milestones of 2021, and a prospective look at what’s ahead in 2022.

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