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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Lehigh Valley Hospital Transitional Skilled Unit (TSU) Among Best Nursing Homes in the Country

TSU at LVH–17th Street is high-performing


The Transitional Skilled Unit (TSU) at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–17th Street is among the country’s best nursing homes according to the 2019-20 U.S. News Best Nursing Homes rankings.

The TSU achieved the highest possible overall rating and a high-performing rating for short-term rehabilitation.

Of the 39 nursing homes in the Lehigh Valley, TSU is one of three to achieve an overall rating of five out of five.

”We are humbled and honored to receive recognition from U.S. News & World Report and we’re grateful to serve our community as a premier sub-acute rehabilitation facility,” says Kate Huck, Administrator, Transitional Skilled Unit.

The U.S. News Best Nursing Homes report offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for almost all nursing homes in the country. The short-term rehabilitation rating evaluates a nursing home's quality of post-acute care for patients recovering from a hospital stay such as after stroke, heart attack, infection or accidental injury.

“This ranking reflects Lehigh Valley Health Network’s dedication to delivering high-quality, safe and compassionate care for our patients,” says Bill Kent, President, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. “TSU’s performance on the U.S. News & World Report list is a result of our colleagues’ commitment to providing an exceptional post-acute experience.”

For the 2019-20 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nation-wide and 2,969 earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

"For the aging population in America, a nursing home should meet the specific level of care based on the needs of each patient or resident," said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. "The U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings hone in on measurements like emergency room visits, quality of staff and proper distribution of medical and physical therapy to help families make an informed decision. These ratings help individuals and their families begin their search for senior care and should be used in consultation with a medical professional and in-depth on-site visits."

The rankings reflect U.S. News' analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News. All measures in both ratings were developed from publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as of August 2019. For more information about this year's updates and new ratings, refer to the methodology.

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About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation, and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer InstituteLehigh Valley Heart Institute, and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the region’s only hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top five hospitals for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.