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St. Luke's earns four more awards for health care innovation

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St. Luke's University Health Network received four achievement awards from The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania for its efforts to better health care in the state, topping out at 13 awards since 2010.

Workplace, patient safety, patient care and operational excellence are the four winning programs St. Luke’s received awards for this year by HAP, a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 of the state’s acute and specialty care, primary care, sub-acute care, long-term care, home health and hospice providers.

“There is so much changing for health care, in our state and throughout the nation, and we are pleased to be a network making a positive difference,” said Richard Anderson, St. Luke’s president and CEO.

Achievement award winners are chosen for their work and innovation in areas that affect patients, communities, and employees.

“We have seen St. Luke’s University Health Network earn 13 HAP achievement awards since 2010, and that is a significant accomplishment for their employees, patients and the communities they serve, and for Pennsylvania health care as a whole,” said HAP president and CEO Andy Carter.

St. Luke’s won for the following projects, which were among the 15 award winners:

• Workplace: A project for emergency department safety and security, dealing with visitor process and accountability.

• Patient safety: A multifactorial risk reduction strategy for preventing perineal trauma and increasing maternal safety during delivery.

• Patient care: A clinical nurse leader-led multidisciplinary heart program which integrates best practice across the care continuum to reduce avoidable 30-day readmissions.

• Operational excellence: Based on St. Luke’s success with value-based purchasing.

There were a total of 15 HAP achievement award winners for 2014. Entries were evaluated by a 15-judge panel representing the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations and for-profit and nonprofit entities.

Headquartered in Bethlehem, St. Luke’s University Health Network has six hospitals and four emergency rooms in eight counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County, N.J.

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Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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