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Lehigh Valley Hospital Orthopedics Care Among the Best Nationally, in Pa., in Latest Reports

PHC4: Almost half of all knee and hip replacements and spinal fusions in Lehigh Valley performed at LVHN

Just a week after being recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics care for the ninth time, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) also stands out among Pennsylvania’s best in the latest Common Procedures report for orthopedics published Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Containment Council (PHC4).

According to the report, LVH performed significantly more knee and hip replacements and spinal fusions than any other facility in the region. PHC4 also reported fewer than expected complications for knee replacement procedures among more than 1,100 cases at LVH for fiscal year (FY) 2018. In addition, complication rates and post-surgery length of stay for hip replacements and spinal fusions were ‘not significantly different than expected,’ according to PHC4.

Forty-four percent of almost 6,000 knee and hip replacements and spinal fusions performed in the Lehigh Valley in FY 2018 were performed at LVHN.

“We are a data-driven society more than at any time in our history,” said Brian Leader, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Vice President for Orthopedics. “Nowhere is data and analytics more important than in health care where someone’s life or quality of life is in the balance. These two reports from U.S. News and PHC4 confirm that we are providing the highest quality orthopedic care to our community at a more than competitive cost helping us to achieve the Triple Aim—better health, better care at a better cost.”

Leader noted expansion of the health network’s orthopedics program to improve access including LVHN-Tilghman, the region’s only campus dedicated to orthopedics, and the opening of LVHN-Hausman Road at 798 Hausman Rd. in Allentown earlier this year, a new outpatient model combining multiple musculoskeletal disciplines under one roof to better coordinate care for patients with joint and spinal issues.

Orthopedic care at LVHN has been singled out by others as well. LVH is distinguished as a Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Highmark Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals recognized for their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

Aetna recognized LVH with an Institute of Quality designation for orthopedics. The honor is awarded to health care facilities according to clinical performance, access and efficiency for orthopedic care. It’s judged on number of procedures, physician experience and adherence to evidenced-based and recognized standards for clinical outcomes.

LVH also made the Becker’s Hospital Review 2019 list of “100 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic programs.” Becker’s Hospital Review’s editorial team selected LVHN based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of orthopedics.

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 19 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 Surgical Excellence 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 14,000 procedures performed since 2008. Lehigh Valley Reilly 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 is the only hospital in the region nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania for six 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.