Allentown, PA, December 5, 2012

St. Luke's Hybrid OR Approved

St. Luke’s Hybrid Operating Room

Boyle Construction has completed a fast-moving operating room renovation for St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus in the Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region. The hybrid operating room was developed by GE Healthcare and is the first of its kind in the United States.

The high tech procedures that will take place in the operating room through sophisticated operating equipment required all details of the construction to be perfect.

The $1.4 million dollar construction renovation was started in the beginning of July and completed by the end of October, 2012. Throughout the project, work needed to be completed after normal business hours because of operating procedures in adjacent operating rooms. Boyle removed the existing roof and raised it to 10 feet to accommodate the GE hybrid OR equipment. The operating room floor was precisely leveled so the equipment, which is laser guided and extremely mobile, could operate properly.

Boyle also renovated the adjacent sub sterile room, where surgical supplies are located and surgical instruments can be sterilized, while adjacent operating rooms remained functional. All improvements took place on weekends and nights, allowing the facility to remain functional for the next day’s operations.

St. Luke's Hybrid OR Approved

St. Luke’s Hybrid Operating Room

The entire project was a team effort, requiring constant communication between the staff and planners at St. Luke’s, all the project designers, and GE’s Healthcare team. Boyle Construction is privileged to have been part of such a unique effort in improving healthcare in the Lehigh Valley.

Client: St. Luke’s Hospital Project architect: Howard Kulp Architects, PC
Client Web-site:
Property Location: 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

ABOUT BOYLE CONSTRUCTION: Boyle Construction, Inc. is one of the greater Lehigh Valley’s most respected construction management and design-build firms. Since its founding in 1977, Boyle’s strong reputation for hands-on service and quality has gained them a high percentage of repeat clients.

Contact: Boyle Construction, Inc. 1209 Hausman Road., Suite B., Allentown, PA 18104
Tel. 484-223-0726. Web: Email:

For more information about the St. Luke’s University Health Network and the hybrid operating room, please see and look under “news releases.” Downloadable photos and video are available.