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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.