LVHN’s Hospitals in Allentown and Bethlehem Again Ace Leapfrog Safety Ratings

Is your hospital safe? Lehigh Valley Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg rank among the safest in the country, according to The Leapfrog Group.

Each received an A grade on its Hospital Safety Score for fall 2014. These two health network hospitals have earned straight A’s since the first Safety Score was published in 2012.

The ratings reflect how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. They are designed to give the public information that is useful for choosing a hospital for care. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton earned a C in this report.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. Hospital scores can be viewed and compared by visiting The Hospital Safety Score website, which also gives safety tips for patients and their families.

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Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Palliative Medicine Program OACIS Wins National Award

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Diane Quinlan (seated) of Quakertown is surrounded by her care team from LVHN’s OACIS palliative care program. The 20-year ICU nurse is now suffering from several chronic conditions. Members of LVHN’s nationally award-winning OACIS program who are part of Quinlan’s care team include (L-R standing) Cathy Serena, social worker; Michele Naugle, nurse practitioner and Barb Sikora, clinical coordinator.

As a pediatric intensive care unit nurse for 20 years, Diane Quinlan was accustomed to taking care of the sickest children. So when she became a patient herself, the change in roles was especially difficult for her.

What has helped the 62-year-old Quakertown resident make the best of her life while struggling with all that comes with advanced breast cancer, arthritis and a chronic lung condition is the home-based care and support given by nurse practitioner Michele Naugle and other members of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s palliative medicine service, called OACIS (optimizing advanced complex illness support).

“Michele knows me and treats me as a whole person,” she says. “She allows me to be able to focus on things other than my illness.” That means making sure Quinlan is eating, sleeping well and enjoying hobbies and friendships, in addition to taking the right medicines for pain, all things that promote a good quality of life.  She calls Naugle her “bridge” to the physicians who are treating her. Read More »

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Scott Rice wins Pediatrician of the Valley Award – Again

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Scott Rice, MD

For the second year in a row, Allentown pediatrician Scott Rice, MD, has been voted the Best Pediatrician of the Valley by the readers of Lehigh Valley Magazine.

Rice has been a practicing pediatrician for 20 years, the last 16 affiliated with Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG). He shares a practice with Kelly Costello, MD, and Deborah Miller, CRNP, at 401 N. 17th St., which is next door to Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street.

After coming out on top of the 2014 online vote, just as he did in 2013, Rice received his honor at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center at a June 23 gala. He praised his co-workers upon accepting the award.

“Together with an incredible office staff, we are blessed to be entrusted by parents with the care of their children,” Rice said.  “We strive to keep them healthy in all areas.”

Lehigh Valley Hospital Cited for the 19th Consecutive Year Among Best in U.S.

US News 2014 ranked in 10 specialtiesLehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) ranks for the 19th consecutive year as one of the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list.

The 2014-2015 list names LVH among the nation’s top 3 percent of leading hospitals in 10 categories: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. This is the first year in which the hospital ranked in double digits.

LVH’s cardiology and cardiac surgery; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology specialties also made the 2013-2014 Best Hospitals list. This is the 10th time cardiology and heart surgery; geriatrics; and urology have been on the list; the ninth for gastroenterology and GI surgery; the sixth for orthopedics; and the third 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 »

Friends of Nursing Celebrates Patient Care at LVHN


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An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 800 people enjoyed an evening celebrating Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) nursing colleagues at the Friends of Nursing event last night at Bethlehem’s SteelStacks.

Embracing the theme “The Future Begins with You,” the evening included a re-enactment of the Magnet Prize® award ceremony featuring Linda Lewis, executive vice president and chief officer of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and Roy Simpson, vice president, nursing informatics at Cerner Corporation.

“You are probably wondering, who won the Magnet Prize?” Simpson asked the audience. In unison, he and Lewis exclaimed, “Lehigh Valley Health Network.” Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” and a shower of confetti completed the scene as the Magnet Prize was presented to telehealth clinical coordinators Sharon Kromer, RN, and Lori Yesenofski, RN, along with vice president for telehealth services, Joe Tracy. LVHN received the Magnet Prize in recognition of our extensive telehealth services provided by LVHN, and the role of nurses in that innovative care delivery model.

Longtime LVHN employee Josephine Ritz, RN, also was honored for a major career milestone: 65 years as an LVHN colleague. Her career started after graduating from The Allentown Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. Ritz eventually became an educator and director of that same program. After the nursing school closed in 1988, she joined the development department and used her passion for nursing to find sponsorships for the Friends of Nursing program.

“Because of her extraordinary dedication, knowledge, vision and spirit for the nursing profession, I commend and congratulate Josephine,” said Ron Swinfard, MD, LVHN president and chief executive officer. “Her perseverance and enthusiasm for nursing is unsurpassed, and we are proud to recognize her for this incredible achievement.”

The Friends of Nursing event is held each year during National Nurses Week and honors our Magnet nurses and clinicians for their exceptional work. This year, 30 individuals and six care teams were recognized for their outstanding, dedicated and creative work with our patients, eliciting numerous rounds of applause. The awards are part of the Friends of Nursing Program, which helps fund continuing education, professional development and research opportunities for nurses to enhance patient care. Read More »

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