Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has broken ground on a new hospital in Lower Macungie Township in Pennsylvania, US.

The new hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Macungie, will be constructed to meet the growing demand for accessible, convenient ER and inpatient care.

It will be constructed at the former Weis Market site at 3369 Route 100.

The project will also include a medical office building, dubbed the Health Center at Macungie.

Slated to open by the end of next year, the new 20,000ft2 hospital will have a limited number of inpatient beds and a full-service ER.

It is said to be smaller than other LVHN hospitals in the region such as LVH–Hecktown Oaks, LVH–Muhlenberg, and LVH–Cedar Crest.

LVH–Macungie will be a licensed and accredited acute care hospital that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Imaging, lab, and pharmacy are the other in-house services at the new hospital.

The hospital will provide imaging services, such as MRI, CT scan, X-ray, and ultrasound, on an outpatient basis.

LVHN president and CEO Brian Nester said: “This hospital will provide closer access to emergency and inpatient care for residents where they live and work, when and where they need it.

“It strengthens the entire health network for the benefit of our communities and their residents.”

The company stated that the new hospital will also stabilise and transfer patients who need surgery or higher levels of care to other, larger LVHN hospitals.

The 30,000ft2 Health Center at Macungie will accommodate several medical services, such as orthopaedics, Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) family medicine, HNL Lab Medicine, cardiology, and paediatrics practices.