Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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Lehigh Valley Hospital Named Among Best in U.S. for the 22nd Consecutive Year

Ranked nationally and No. 5 in Pa. by U.S. News & World Report

For the 22nd consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) ranks as one of the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. LVH also occupies the No. 5 place among Pennsylvania’s top hospitals.

The 2017-2018 list names LVH among the nation’s top 3 percent of leading hospitals in gastroenterology and GI surgery. This is the 12th time this specialty has made the Best Hospitals list. 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.

Geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology were rated as “high performing” at LVH in this report.

LVH and LVH–Muhlenberg both are recognized among the Best Hospitals in Northeastern Pennsylvania/Lehigh Valley. LVH–Muhlenberg ranks 23rd among all hospitals in the state.

U.S. News also evaluates hospitals nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Each hospital is assigned a rating of high performing, average or below average in each procedure or condition. This year, three of our hospitals received high performing ratings, and LVH was high performing in all nine categories. Here are the details.

LVH high performing procedures and conditions

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery

LVH–Muhlenberg high performing procedures and conditions

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart failure

LVH–Hazleton high performing condition

  • Heart failure

“Our unwavering pursuit of better care, better health and better cost drives our health network to continuously monitor, measure, and improve how we are serving our patients and community,” says Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “For more than two decades, these efforts have been recognized among the best in the nation, an achievement without equal in our area, and one that truly showcases our exceptional caregivers delivering outstanding patient care every day.”

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.

“Covering nearly every hospital in every U.S. community, U.S News offers deep, rich data that patients can use to help them make informed decisions about where to receive surgical or medical care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “We know outcomes matter most, which is why U.S. News is committed to publishing as much data as possible on patient outcomes.”

U.S. News methodologies in most areas of care are largely based on objective measures such as risk-adjusted patient survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

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 online and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2018 guidebook, available mid-September.

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 Hazleton, two in Pottsville, and one in East Stroudsburg; 22 health centers caring for communities in five counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab 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, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the region, provides care in 28 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 22 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. LVHN’s 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. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.