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Haven House welcomes Sacred Heart Primary Care

Haven House welcomes Sacred Heart Primary Care to its behavioral health facility in Allentown

 Allentown, PA – October 9 –  Haven House and Sacred Heart HealthCare System are providing services under one roof at the Haven House location, 1411 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109  – enabling community members to access physical and/or behavioral healthcare all in one central location.

Thursday, Oct. 12, was the Grand Opening to celebrate this arrangement, a reverse co-location model of care, which is unique for the Lehigh Valley.  

Haven House has served the region for 60 years by caring, supporting and providing services for individuals affected by mental illness. Due to transportation and other personal challenges, these individuals often struggle to keep appointments at multiple locations, yielding more challenging health concerns. A primary care practice at the same location will greatly enhance and improve the healthcare available to Haven House clients. 

Dr.  Mahmud Ali, M.D. of the Sacred Heart HealthCare System, is the primary care doctor located at 1411 Union Blvd.  He is board certified in family practice and geriatrics.  

Key facts / benefits of this new primary care office:

o   Sacred Heart Primary Care at Haven House is open to ALL community members. Individuals do not have to be clients at Haven House to receive primary care services

o   Convenient access via LANta bus service 

o   Integration of care within the same location has been shown to reduce emergency room visits and improve overall health

o   Dr. Ali  and Sacred Heart staff have a longstanding working relationship with the Haven House medical team, which includes:

§  Psychiatrist and Medical Director Alex Thomas, M.D.

§  Psychiatrist Enrique Lirag, M.D.

§  Kim Garcia, DNP, CRNP  

“This is such a gift and it is going to make such a difference for our clients,” said Jessica Katzbeck, executive director for Haven House. “We are working together so that it becomes an easier transition for individuals to receive services and so that we can serve a higher capacity of people.” 

“We believe that this can be a model for the integration of care and we look forward to helping local residents while learning together with Haven House,” said John Nespoli, CEO and president of Sacred Heart Healthcare System. 

“This project highlights the Lehigh County HealthChoices goal of increasing innovative programs that can meet our members’ whole health needs while developing on-going collaborative relationships and quality, integrated services amongst the providers that assist them,” said Matt Bauder, administrator for Lehigh County HealthChoices. 

“Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania welcomes this co-location of behavioral and physical health providers,” said Tom Walker, account executive for Magellan’s Lehigh Valley Care Management Center. “We know that many of our members are in need of total person and holistic care solutions for serious mental illness and/or co-occurring physical health conditions, and our Wellness Recovery Team and care management staff are excited by this new opportunity.” 

Office Hours:

·       Mahmud Ali, M.D. is a board-certified geriatrician and primary care physician. His office is accepting new patient appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (610) 351-6189. Walk-in appointments are currently available, and patients can also call Sacred Heart on its 24-hour Nurse Line to talk with a nurse or schedule appointments by calling (610) 776-5470.

·       Haven House has behavioral health services appointments available Monday through Saturday by calling (610) 433-6181. 


Haven House

Haven House is a nonprofit outpatient community mental health clinic that serves Lehigh and Northampton County residents. Its mission is to improve and elevate the independence of individuals having mental illness while supporting recovery and enhancing their quality of life. We provide outpatient therapy, outpatient psychiatric care and medication management, psychiatric rehabilitation services for individuals with severe chronic mental illness, topic oriented support groups and a new Wellness Recovery Team. For more information, go to  

Renovations to the Haven House facility to provide a primary care space were made possible largely through reinvestment dollars courtesy of the Lehigh County HealthChoices program, coordinated through a behavioral health sub-contract with Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, and through private capital donations to Haven House. 

Sacred Heart HealthCare System

With a rich history of more than 100 years, Sacred Heart Hospital is a Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services including bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, endocrinology, rehabilitation and behavioral health services.  A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is ranked among the safest hospitals in the United States, having received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group in 2016 and 2017. It is a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, is nationally recognized in case management, and is a recipient of the American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The Joint Commission recognized Sacred Heart Hospital as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and awarded us with Primary Stroke Center certification. For more information, go to

For more information on the Lehigh County HealthChoices program, go to

For more information on Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, go to  


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