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LVH–Cedar Crest Receives ‘Top Teaching Hospital’ Designation for Quality and Patient Safety

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest was named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group is a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality.

The Top Teaching Hospital designation is given to the highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. About 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award, and this year 56 teaching hospitals received the honor, including four Pennsylvania hospitals.

“We are pleased to recognize LVH–Cedar Crest as a 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and to the Lehigh Valley community. We congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible and know they share pride in this achievement.”

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology. Top Hospital awards are categorized into four groups, children’s hospitals, general hospitals, rural hospitals, and teaching hospitals.

“Providing safe, high-quality care is the foundation to everything we do, and it’s the level of care people expect and deserve,” says Matt McCambridge, MD, LVHN’s Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer. “This designation is a result of the hard work of many people, and we’re proud to be nationally recognized for prioritizing patient safety.”

“The Top Hospital Award comes following LVH–Cedar Crest’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog,” says Bill Kent, MHA, Senior Vice President of LVHN and President of LVH-Cedar Crest. “We are committed to being a health partner, and recognition like this is evidence that we deliver on that commitment.”

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital

performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

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 21 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, LinkedIn and Instagram.