LVHN Names Elizabeth Wise President of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono
Wise served as Acting President since the merger with LVHN in January
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has named Elizabeth Wise, MSN, MBA, FACHE, President of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono effective immediately. Wise had served as Acting President of LVH–Pocono since the former Pocono Medical Center merged with LVHN on Jan. 1.
“Elizabeth has proven to be a focused and forward-thinking leader,” said Terry Capuano, LVHN Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “She consistently demonstrates her commitment to always putting patients and their families first, a testament to her nursing background. Elizabeth is just as passionate about supporting colleagues, ensuring she is always available for and open with them.”
During her time as Acting President, Wise played an integral role in integrating the hospital with the health network. Her leadership also led to the growth of and enhanced access to the health care services people need, including outpatient heart care, physical therapy, home care and hospice services. Wise helped organize a team to work on enhancing the patient experience in the emergency room (ER), and oversaw the opening of Monroe County’s first ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Blakeslee. Plans also are in place to open the Health Center at East Stroudsburg this summer and LVH–Pocono’s first inpatient rehabilitation facility later this month.
New physicians also are being added at LVH–Pocono to meet the community’s needs for specialized care. A neurosurgeon, cardiac surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist will join the medical staff in the months ahead, and work continues to bring new specialists to the area.
LVH–Pocono received accolades for its emphasis on providing quality patient care. The hospital was re-accredited as a Primary Stroke Center and received the Stroke Gold Level Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The Leapfrog Group also awarded LVH–Pocono with an “A” grade in hospital safety for the third consecutive year.
Wise joined Pocono Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in 2014 prior to being named Acting President of LVH–Pocono at the time of the merger. She began her career as a nurse, then a nurse manager. During the last 20 years, Wise has held leadership positions at health care systems throughout the country including Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. and Chief Nurse Officer and Senior Vice President at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del. and at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. Wise earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in nursing and business from Rutgers University.
“It is humbling and an honor to know a quality organization such as LVHN is putting its trust in me to play a key role in caring for the people of this community,” Wise said. “My commitment is to continue to bring needed health care resources to our community, give my colleagues and medical staff the support they need to provide exceptional care, and to collaborate with the LVH–Pocono team to advance health care in our region.”