Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
13:26 PM

The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and Lehigh Valley Health Network Announce Transformational Project Focused on Improving Patient Care and Outcomes

The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust (The Pool Trust) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced they will work together to fund new clinical and community transformative programs that address social determinants of health or community-based patient care barriers. The Pool Trust has awarded $750,000 for these programs to support projects ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

The Clinical Transformational Excellence Award by The Pool Trust will give financial support to proposed projects that demonstrate potential to transform healthcare delivery and provide greater value to patients. Selected projects will identify innovative clinical interventions, patient care challenges and other issues that impact the clinical care of patients. The Community Transformational Excellence Award also will support projects that address the social determinants of health, such as issues related to housing, mental health, food insecurity, and education. These social determinants have been identified as having a great influence on the health and well-being of patients.

“We are excited to work with The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust on innovative projects that have the potential to transform care delivery and improve the long-term health of our community,” said Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD, LVHN’s Chief Transformation Officer. “We look forward to working collaboratively with our patients and community to ensure we have all voices represented.”

Dr. Salas-Lopez and Edward F. Meehan, Executive Director of The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, encourage LVHN colleagues from any and all departments, functions, service lines, and disciplines – clinical and non-clinical – to submit applications. “We created these funds to support work that addresses the social determinants of health for the community,” Mr. Meehan explained. “The Community Health Needs Assessments, conducted by LVHN, point to the many opportunities we have to improve the overall health of the Lehigh Valley. These funds can creatively address social factors that greatly impact health. We will use data analytics to identify areas of opportunity, track progress, and measure success.”

These Transformational Excellence Awards build on previously funded work by The Pool Trust that supports research, development, and innovation in addition to awards funded for early career researchers, seed projects and pilot programs throughout all staff levels at LVHN. Dozens of programs have been implemented at LVHN as a result of prior Pool Trust funding including a Traumatic Falls Survey, PA Law Enforcement Use of Narcan, House Calls by Paramedics, and a Geographic Exploration of Lehigh Valley Health – Diabetes.

The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust serves as a resource that enables Lehigh Valley Health Network to be a superior regional hospital and improve the health of the citizens of the region it serves. www.pooltrust.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 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.