National Museum of Industrial History offers free family memberships to hospital employees through ‘Pay It Forward’ campaign

BETHLEHEM, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) is giving back to healthcare workers who have fought tirelessly to keep our community safe and healthy throughout the coronavirus pandemic through a newly announced ‘Pay It Forward’ membership campaign. Retroactive to March 14th, when the museum facility closed to visitors, until the museum reopens any new membership purchased will allow the NMIH to provide an employee of St. Luke’s University Health Network with a free one-year family membership.

“Non-profits across our region have faced challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly our frontline healthcare workers,” said Kara Mohsinger, President and CEO of the Museum. “Their valiant efforts mitigated a situation that could have put the Lehigh Valley at a much greater risk. This program is the least we can do to thank them and provide their families with a fun and educational outlet once we’re able to welcome visitors through our doors again.”

“Our St. Luke’s health care heroes sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support they have received during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Patrick Bower, Vice President of Development at St. Luke’s University Health Network. “We also realize so many of our museums and non-profit organizations are struggling right now and we wish the NMIH much success on their membership drive.”

Memberships to the National Museum of Industrial History begin at $35 for individuals (discounted to $25 for students, teachers, military/veterans, and seniors) and include unlimited free admission for one year, among other benefits. Contributing level memberships allow reciprocal admission to over 800 museums and cultural institutions across North America. To find out more about membership levels and purchase one today, please visit nmih.org/support/membership.

About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 11 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.

About NMIH
A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. Learn more at nmih.org.

Media Contact:
Glenn Koehler
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
National Museum of Industrial History
gkoehler@nmih.org

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