Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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Lehigh Valley Hospital Ranked Among Top Five Hospitals in Pa. by U.S. News for the Fifth Straight Year

The honor is among several to recognize LVH’s quality of care and safety over the past few months

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) is ranked in the top five among hospitals in Pennsylvania on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. LVH is listed as the No. 5 hospital in the state for the second straight year.

The 2018-2019 list also cites LVH as High Performing in five categories: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology. LVH also is listed as High Performing in eight Common Adult Procedures and Conditions tracked by U.S. News including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement and knee replacement.

“As health care delivery continues to evolve and experience dramatic change, patients are becoming better educated and informed about where to receive the best care,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Reports like the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings and other notable agencies help keep patients informed and challenge us as health care leaders to monitor, measure, and improve how we are serving our patients and community. These results demonstrate the exceptional care our providers and staff deliver every day.”

Additionally, LVH-Muhlenberg also ranked as the No. 23 hospital in the state (a tie among 5 hospitals). The hospital was also cited as high performing in the category of neurology and in two common conditions/procedures: aortic valve surgery and heart failure.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. 

“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians’ information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”

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

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

This latest recognition extends the list of quality organizations citing the care provided by LVH in recent months. The hospital received the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD award from Vizient in 2017 for placing 8th in the country in Quality and Accountability score for Academic hospitals. Currently, LVH is ranked 10th overall and first for patient safety. In April, LVH received an ‘A’ grade on the Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. The ratings reflect how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

And In May, LVH was spotlighted by Becker’s Healthcare among “100 Great Hospitals in America” for 2018 for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction.


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