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ALLENTOWN, PA-Gov. Ed Rendell handed out a $2-million state grant to SacredHeart Hospital, the 241-bed acute care facility and medical center at 421Chew Street here. The funding, promised by the previous state administration,augments the Catholic hospital’s $7.5-million capital construction projectthat is expected to reach completion this fall.

The construction project includes expansion and renovation of the emergencyroom in order to accommodate an estimated 20%-increase in demand along withrenovation of the lobby and first-floor outpatient services.

Sacred Heart was founded in 1912. It serves a largely elderly, Latinopopulation and the surrounding community’s economically disadvantaged. Inawarding the grant, Rendell called it “a perfect example of the type of targetedinvestment we must make as a state if we are going to turn our economyaround.” He projects that the hospital expansion will create “at least 110 new jobs.”

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