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Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain Certification

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono has been recognized and awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification. LVH–Pocono is the only certified chest pain center in Monroe County to earn this award, demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to providing compassionate and effective patient care.

“This national certification recognizes the ten years of dedicated heart care my well-seasoned team has delivered to patients,” said Karthik Sheka, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs. “At LVH–Pocono we continue to provide the best quality of care and follow best-practice guidelines to treat patients promptly, effectively and safely.”

LVH–Pocono underwent a rigorous on-site review with Joint Commission experts. Compliance with national disease-specific care standards pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes, which includes patients with chest pain and heart attacks, was evaluated. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed.

By earning the Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification, LVH–Pocono demonstrated continuum of care in the areas of:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Over 800,000 deaths are attributed to cardiovascular disease each year in the United States.

LVH-Pocono cared for 354 heart attacks last year.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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.