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Coordinated Health–Allentown Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Coordinated Health–Allentown in the top 5 percent in the nation for patient safety

Coordinated Health–Allentown, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), announced today it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for the fourth year. This distinction places Coordinated Health-Allentown among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“This distinguished designation by Healthgrades could only be possible thanks to the outstanding contributions of our highly skilled physician teams, nurses, physical therapists and hospital staff,” added Christine Biege, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Coordinated Health.

“We are very proud to receive this recognition for the fourth time from Healthgrades. It’s a clear indication that our hospitals are consistently among the best in the nation for surgical outcomes,” said Amy Nyberg, President Coordinated Health. “Our fully integrated model results in safer surgery and repeated recognition for the highest quality joint replacement and spine surgery.

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 48.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

  • 54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

  • 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bedsores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

  • 63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching health care options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

Coordinated Health–Allentown is one of three COVID-FREE hospitals at Lehigh Valley Health Network, which means it’s a stand-alone building that has never seen a COVID-19 case. It is physically separated from those that care for COVID-19 patients.

In order to continue to ensure patient safety within the COVID-FREE hospitals, clinicians are tested for COVID-19 weekly, and patients are tested prior to surgery. Other safeguards are also in place, including temperature screenings, limited seating in waiting areas, and all patients and colleagues must wear face masks.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology, which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 21 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation, and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer InstituteLehigh Valley Heart Institute, and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the region’s only hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top five hospitals for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.