Awards and Recognition

Celebrating Excellence

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono (LVH–P) is proud of its many awards and achievements that represent our organization’s commitment to provide the highest quality, integrated, compassionate, and state-of-the-art healthcare to the people in the Pocono community. Some of our most recent distinctions include:

LVH–P earned an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety from the LeapFrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that collects data and reports on hospitals’ performance by assigning a traditional letter grade. The hospital safety score is the gold standard rating that measures how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries, and infections.

LVH–P is one of only 33 hospitals in Pennsylvania with the highest rating, from a total of 132 hospitals.

  LVH–P earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

During an on-site, unannounced review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards in several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission’s mission is to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. 

LVH–P’s Hip and Knee Replacement Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hip and Knee Certification. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States so that patients can experience the safest, highest quality, and best-value healthcare. Its Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

To receive the Gold Seal of Approval® LVH–P underwent a rigorous on-site review, and Joint Commission experts evaluated our organization’s compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with hip and knee replacement-specific requirements. The Joint Commission also assessed LVH–P’s clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

LVH–P received Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for our organization’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.

  LVH–P has received the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s prestigious Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award and appears on the organizations’ Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes LVH–P’s success in this area, as well as its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

  LVH–P is accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment; for treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved; and for monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

The SCPC is the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology. It is dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of patients worldwide with suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure, and Atrial Fibrillation.

  LVH–P is accredited by the American College of Radiology, a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science, and professions of radiological care.

In addition to being a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, LVH–P is accredited in Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Breast Ultrasound and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.

  LVH–P is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR only awards facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence when they have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

LVH–P’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center is a member of the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The CoC recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient-centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Through the CoC, the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center has access to reporting tools to aid in benchmarking and improving outcomes as well as educational and training opportunities, development resources, and advocacy.

LVH–P’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center has been designated a Certified Breast Center of Excellence by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers®. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by the entire Hughes team to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in our community. The National Consortium of Breast Centers promote excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources.

LVH–P’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center is affiliated with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia, part of Thomas Jefferson University. The affiliation provides access to the Jefferson Institutional Review Board for research oversight with automated electronic submission capabilities; access to an increased number of national clinical radiation and medical oncology protocols and trials; collaboration with other Jefferson Network Cancer Centers; excellent educational programs; conferences; and consultation opportunities.

  LVH–P is accredited in vascular testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting healthcare and support the mission to improve healthcare through accreditation.

  LVH–P is a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). The AAGL vision is to serve women by advancing the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that afford less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through the integration of clinical practice, research, innovation, and dialogue.

  LVH–P is Recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication. Primary care, key services, and specialists are located in one building offering patients convenient access to the best healthcare in their community.

  Hospitals & Health Networks named LVH–P one of Health Care’s Most Wired for improving healthcare delivery and outcomes through creative and revolutionary uses of technology. Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership in healthcare.

  Pocono Medical Center received the prestigious William Rutala Research Award in 2015 at the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC)’s Annual Meeting in Nashville for a landmark infection control research study led by Charles K. Herman, M.D., LVH–P’s Chief of Surgery. The Rutala Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the field and is presented annually for the year's best research abstract. Dr. Herman was the primary investigator on the study.


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