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.”
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 18 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 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 Facebook and Twitter.