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Lehigh Valley Hospital Named Among Best in U.S. for the 21st Consecutive Year

Ranked nationally in 5 specialties and #4 in Pa. by U.S. News & World Report


Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) ranks for the 21st consecutive year as one of the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. LVH ranks number 4 among hospitals in Pennsylvania.

The 2016-2017 list names LVH among the nation’s top 3 percent of leading hospitals in five categories: cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; orthopedics; and pulmonology. These specialties also made the 2015-16 Best Hospitals list.

This is the 12th time cardiology and heart surgery, and geriatrics have been on the list; the 11th for gastroenterology and GI surgery; the eighth for orthopedics; and the seventh for 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.

In addition to the Best Hospitals national rankings, U.S. News cites hospitals as “high-performing” in regional markets around the country. Lehigh Valley Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital—Muhlenberg both are recognized among the Best Hospitals in Northeastern Pennsylvania/Lehigh Valley and the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Metro Area. Lehigh Valley Hospital—Muhlenberg is listed as a high-performer in urology, and ranks number 20 in the state out of 238 total hospitals in Pa.

“This recognition reflects our health network’s relentless focus on improving the quality of care we provide to our community, to keep them healthy and care for them when they are ill or injured,” says Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s president and chief executive officer. “Our LVHN colleagues are to be commended for their unwavering commitment to their patients.”

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that has emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care. Objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2017 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands in August.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.