The Palmerton Auxiliary gives a large donation in support of the future St. Luke's hospital in Franklin Township. 

The auxiliary presented a $30,000 dollar check to the St. Luke's Carbon Campus Capital Fund Wednesday night.  It's part of their pledge to donate $100,000 dollars to help build the new facility off Harrity Road. Members of the group say they hope to fulfill that promise by next year. 

"We're anxious to see this new hospital. I mean we're all disappointed that Palmerton doesn't have a hospital anymore. But we're in full support of the new hospital that will be there for everybody," said Auxilary President Marj Federanich.

The president of the Carbon Campus says they are very grateful for the donation, which will help continue St. Luke's mission of bringing care close to home. 

"We now have over 20 sites through out the county hospitals, outpatient sites, and urgent care centers... this is going to be the hub of the region for medical service on this beautiful campus," said John Nespoli. 

Crews broke ground on the 80 bed hospital last October. St. Luke's planned to have the hospital finished by fall of 2021, but now anticipate completion in spring of 2022.