$2 million awarded for Luzerne County projects

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – Two projects that will create a surgical medical office and breast health services center in Hazleton and separate residential treatment facility in Foster Township will be undertaken thanks to state grants totaling $2 million, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery.

“Any time our area sees a return of state tax dollars is always welcome, but this is particularly important because both of these projects will bring expanded health care services to those who need them,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne. “I would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf for releasing the grants and I commend the local businesses that are undertaking these ventures.”

Lehigh Valley Health Network Inc. will use its $1 million grant toward a $5.8 million project for site work and renovations of the existing building at 1000 Alliance St. in Hazleton to create a Surgical Specialty Medical Office that will include the following surgical services: general, colorectal, breast, vascular, bariatric and urology. The office will include 24 exam rooms, consultation rooms, minor procedure rooms, and support office/provider space. The 50 Moisey St. location will include renovations to the existing building to create a Breast Health Services Center which will add mammography imaging, waiting and reception areas. The Heart Institute renovations will create 14 exam rooms, an IV infusion room, minor procedure rooms and support/provider office space.

Luzerne County will receive a $1 million grant for the CALO White Haven Development near White Haven in Foster Township. The $6 million project includes rehabilitation, reconstruction and construction of four vacant buildings and at least two new buildings to establish at least a 50-bed residential treatment facility to treat the effects of early childhood trauma. The facility will be a private, parent-choice program and will not accept students who have been adjudicated for any offense, nor students with substance abuse diagnoses.

CALO operates similar programs in other parts of the country and is considered the leader in treating early childhood trauma. The facility will include two dormitory, classroom, nurse structures with a kitchen; one recreation, classroom structure and two canine buildings.

The grants were awarded through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. RACP is administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget to acquire and construct regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Those selected for funding have a regional or multijurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity.