According to the recently-published US News & World Report 2019 hospital rankings, St. Luke’s University Hospital-Bethlehem is “high performing” in 12 adult specialties, procedures and conditions, which means it has more “high performing” rankings than any other hospital in the Lehigh Valley.
“We are proud US News & World Report has recognized St. Luke’s as ‘high performing’ in more categories than any other hospital network in the region,” said Donna Sabol, St. Luke’s Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. “This adds to the extensive list of honors St. Luke’s has received in the past year–IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospital, Newsweek ‘World’s Best’ Hospital and Leap Frog Top Hospital, as well as the region’s only five- and four-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
US News & World Report rated St. Luke’s “high performing” in the adult specialties of geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology, plus the following nine procedures and conditions:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Aortic valve surgery
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Colon cancer surgery
- Heart bypass surgery
- Heart failure
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Lung cancer surgery
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully-integrated, regional, nonprofit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in east central Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, as well as 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health a total of seven times and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.
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