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Multiple Honors for Lehigh Valley Heart Institute

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest cited for offering patients the highest quality surgeries, treatments and procedures

The Lehigh Valley Heart Institute was recognized in recent announcements by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, and by Becker’s Healthcare, a top source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders.

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) – Cedar Crest was the only hospital in the region to receive all three of prestigious cardiovascular-related awards in the 2019 Specialty Excellence Awards from Healthgrades - America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention.

America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award™

The America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in heart bypass surgery and heart valve surgery.

America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award™

The America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in heart bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures, heart attack treatment, heart failure treatment, and heart valve surgery.

America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award™

The America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Interventional Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in coronary intervention procedures.

Patients who have these surgeries, treatments or procedures at these nationally recognized hospitals, including Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, have a greater chance for survival.

An America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care award is given when fewer than 100 hospitals have the superior outcomes necessary to be recognized as an America’s Best Hospital for the corresponding specialty area. Furthermore, An America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care award is given to hospitals that perform at the top 10% in the nation in that specialty. This means that according to Healthgrades, Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest is among the top 50 hospitals nationally for cardiac surgery and in the top 10% for cardiac care and cardiac interventions in the United States.

In addition to the Healthgrades recognition, Becker's Healthcare named Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest to the 2018 edition of the "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs." The hospitals named on this list are national leaders in cardiovascular healthcare and have invested in their cardiology and cardiovascular surgery programs. Many institutions pioneered ground-breaking procedures and remain on the forefront of heart care today. Others are high-volume centers that have exceeded national benchmarks for quality and survivorship. All have received recognition for delivering top-notch patient care, and many are also involved in clinical research and trials.

To develop this list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined several reputable rankings and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report rankings for cardiology and heart surgery, IBM Watson Health's cardiovascular hospital rankings, CareChex rankings for cardiac care, Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons star rankings.

Lehigh Valley Heart Institute houses 13 specialized heart programs, including an advanced heart failure program and a heart and vascular program for women. The institute's heart rhythm team performs 1,800 procedures annually — twice as many as any other provider in the region. The institute's cardiothoracic surgeons collectively have more than 90 years of experience and have performed an estimated 20,000 surgical procedures.

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 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.