The Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart religious order in Germany arrived in Allentown on June 15, 1912 to help care for the sick and injured of the Sacred Heart Parish during a widespread diphtheria outbreak. As diphtheria raged, the Sisters gave dispensary service as well as visiting nurse services. This was the actual “start” of Sacred Heart Hospital.
In 1915, the actual founding of Sacred Heart Hospital as a community institution was formalized and dedicated. Two years later, Sacred Heart Hospital was officially incorporated under Pennsylvania law. In 1920, Sacred Heart received approval to train interns and in 1922 was accredited by the American College of Surgeons.
Since then, Sacred Heart Hospital has expanded its campus and its reach across our community. Now a 215-bed faith-based acute care medical center, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from obstetrics to bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. The Healthcare System is a network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties providing complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sacred Heart Hospital earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission as well as the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program.
Since 1972 Sacred Heart has been educating family physicians in our family medicine residency program. Our program, affiliated with Temple University, serves a diverse urban patient population and these residents train in our state-of-the-art, 42,000 square foot primary care facility, the Sigal Center for Family Medicine, on our campus. In addition, Sacred Heart Hospital provides clinical training for nursing students from Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lehigh County Community College, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Northampton Community College, Drexel University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Sacred Heart Through The Years: