Lehigh Valley Hospitals Achieve Magnet® Designation Again

This week, several hundred nurses from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gathered with Anne Panik, RN, senior vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer for LVHN to learn the status of Lehigh Valley Hospital’s application for Magnet® redesignation.

 “We were all thrilled to learn from the Commission on Magnet® Recognition, that Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street, LVH–Muhlenberg, LVHN–Tilghman, Home Health and Hospice Services have again earned Magnet designation,” Panik says. Read More »

LVHN’s Medical Home Project Wins National Charitable Services Award

IMG_1433Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Medical Home Project won a 2015 Hospital Charitable Services Award, sponsored by Jackson Healthcare and announced Feb. 10 in Atlanta. The project was one of 10 named a “Program of Excellence,” which comes with a $10,000 unrestricted grant. More than 100 organizations nationwide competed for these awards.

The LVHN Medical Home Project is a team of health care professionals, patients, family members and community organization representatives focused on improving health care delivery and quality of life of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. LVHN family medicine physician Sweety Jain, MD, the project’s founder and  director, accepted the award for the team, accompanied by MHP team member Trieste Kennedy of Allentown.

“Patients and family members are integral to the success of the MHP,” says Jain, who sees patients at the Lehigh Valley Family Health Center. “They are the ones who live it every day and we need to hear from them and value their input”.

LVHN’s Community Exchange program was an award finalist.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton Recognized for Best Practices in Ischemic Stroke Care by American Heart/Stroke Association

HazletonAwardAn ischemic stroke is a medical emergency that requires fast medical intervention to minimize damage, disability and death. It can occur when a blood clot blocks a vital blood vessel in the brain.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) clinical guidelines promote best practices for the treatment of ischemic stroke. Recently, the AHA/ASA presented two awards to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton’s accredited Primary Stroke Center that recognize the hospital’s commitment to and success at meeting national, evidence-based care in the delivery of fast and aggressive treatments for ischemic stroke. Read More »

Our Hospitals Ace Leapfrog Safety Ratings Again

ALehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) and LVH–Muhlenberg each received an A grade on the Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2015. The ratings reflect how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

LVH and LVH–Muhlenberg are the only hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive A’s in safety for each marking period since the first report in 2012. Only 31 of 131 hospitals in the state, or 24 percent, were assigned A’s in the current report. LVH–Hazleton received a C for this period.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information that is useful for choosing a hospital for care. The score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Hospital Named for the 20th Consecutive Year Among Best in U.S.

USNews2015Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) ranks for the 20th consecutive year as one of the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. LVH is the region’s only nationally ranked hospital and ranks number three among hospitals in Pennsylvania for the second consecutive year.

The 2015-2016 list names LVH among the nation’s top 3 percent of leading hospitals in seven categories: cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. These specialties also made the 2014-2015 Best Hospitals list.

This is the 11th time cardiology and heart surgery; geriatrics; and urology have been on the list; the tenth for gastroenterology and GI surgery; the seventh for orthopedics; and the fourth for gynecology and pulmonology.

LVH is the only hospital in the area to make the U.S. News national rankings in at least one specialty area every year since 1996. Read More »