Runyan to Visit Lourdes Hospitals Today

Aug 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.Lourdes Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey (LSH) and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County (LMCBC) will host U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan for a tour of each hospital on Thursday, August 15 at 1 p.m.  Following an introductory meeting with LSH and LMCBC leadership, Congressman Runyan will tour the Lourdes campus and receive an overview of the hospitals' quality outcomes in patient care.

“Lourdes Specialty Hospital and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County are both vital to our regional health system’s landscape and success and a great comfort for patients in the region.  It’s their goal to offer hope and support to this community and to make a difference in the lives of those suffering with illnesses in our area,” said Congressman Runyan.  In particular, I am looking forward to spending a few minutes with the courageous service men and women receiving treatment at Living Springs.  The care they receive is absolutely essential to their transition from military service, to post deployment life.”

“We very much look forward to and anticipate showing Mr. Runyan how multi-disciplinary teamwork and steadfast dedication helps LSH thrive in quality patient care outcomes,” Cheri Cowperthwait, LSH’s CEO said.  “We hope his visit will be uplifting and inspiring to our patients and their families, and that the staff will be invigorated by his encouragement and support.”

Following the tour of LSH, Congressman Runyan will visit Living Springs at Lourdes, a 21-bed inpatient behavioral health program located on the campus of LMCBC, where military men and women can receive care in a comfortable, safe environment. The program treats active duty service members, veterans, spouses and dependents for a variety of behavioral health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and PTSD, among others. Patients are provided a holistic approach to care with access to complementary therapies to support group and individual therapy.

Lourdes Specialty Hospital is “a hospital within a hospital” and a partnership effort between the Lourdes Health System and Acuity Healthcare. It is the first long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) in Southern New Jersey. LSH provides specialized acute care to patients who require an extended hospital stay averaging greater than 25 days, and occupies an $8 million hospital, renovated only last year, on LMCBC’s campus. LSH’s interdisciplinary healthcare team and a medical staff of approximately 300 physicians serve the regional communities and meet the unique needs of each patient. LSH primarily serves the Delaware Valley region, including Mercer, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington, and Camden Counties, as well as Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County is a 173--bed community hospital. It is part of Lourdes Health System and CHE Trinity Health, a health system serving residents of 22 states.