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.

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 19 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 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.