Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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LVHN Hospitals Among 24 Inaugural Recipients of HAP Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition

New program honors PA hospitals for exceptional progress in harm reduction

Five Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) hospitals are being honored as part of the inaugural class of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition program.

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)−Cedar Crest in Allentown, LVH−Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, LVH−Hazleton in Hazleton, LVH−Pocono in East Stroudsburg and LVH−Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street in Pottsville all have received HAP’s Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition for 2018. LVH−17th Street and LVH−Schuylkill S. Jackson Street are licensed under two of the hospitals that are being recognized and were included in HAP’s data assessment.

"We are so pleased to have been distinguished by HAP for excellence in patient safety,” said Matthew McCambridge, MD, LVHN’s Chief Quality Officer. “Providing safe patient care is foundational to all we do at LVHN and we are driven to continue to advance patient safety wherever and whenever we provide care."

HAP launched the Excellence in Patient Safety program during 2018 to recognize Pennsylvania’s top-performing hospitals that have demonstrated low rates of healthcare-associated infections.

The program utilizes data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. It identifies and recognizes those member hospitals that perform better than the mean standardized infection ratio across Pennsylvania in three key measures: central line-associated bloodstream infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and clostridium difficile infections. LVHN’s hospitals are among just 24 hospitals being recognized this year.

The recognition is open to all Pennsylvania hospitals. A full list of winners can be found at HAP’s website.

“HAP’s Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition is another testament to the Pennsylvania hospital community’s commitment to continuously improving upon the care they provide,” said Andy Carter, HAP president, and CEO.

“The honorees embody our mission to make our excellent care even better, and we congratulate the hospitals recognized in this year’s program.”

ABOUT HAP: HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at www.haponline.org.