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Behind the List with John Nespoli of Sacred Heart Hospital

'Critical economic anchor to the future'

The Greater Lehigh Valley is flourishing with prestigious health care organizations recognized for their continuous efforts to heal and to promote healthy lifestyles.

The Greater Lehigh Valley is flourishing with prestigious health care organizations recognized for their continuous efforts to heal and to promote healthy lifestyles.

Every day, things are changing in health care, so it takes a lot of energy for these organizations to adapt to rapidly evolving advancements in new technologies. One area hospital that has positioned itself to provide high quality care is Sacred Heart Hospital in downtown Allentown.

Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions is John Nespoli, president and CEO of Sacred Heart.

Lehigh Valley Business: How long has Sacred Heart been operating in the Greater Lehigh Valley and what are its primary services?

John Nespoli: Sacred Heart has been serving the community for over 100 years and offers all the services one would expect of a comprehensive community hospital and health center. Examples include the cancer center, the stroke center, heart care, neurosurgery, general surgery, bariatric surgery, critical care, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology.

Sacred Heart also offers extensive behavioral health programs. The Older Adult Behavioral Health Center cares for patients facing the challenges of dementia. The Adult Behavioral Health Center cares for those struggling with behavioral health acute episodes. The Extended Behavioral Health Center is a regional center caring for behavioral health patients who might benefit from longer-term treatment.

Sacred Heart also excels in rehabilitation services. Sacred Heart has a partnership with Moss Rehabilitation in acute rehabilitation services. Our quality scores and the improvements our patients achieve are consistently rated at the top levels in the state. Our sub-acute rehabilitation program, the Transitional Care Facility, is the only Medicare Five Star rated hospital based TCF in the Lehigh Valley.

We are also very proud of our community health programs. Sacred Heart has a dozen family practice and convenient care centers located throughout the Lehigh Valley. We place community health nurses in faith based centers and schools throughout the city of Allentown.

The Sigal Center on Fifth and Chew [in Allentown] offers comprehensive community health programs in family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, behavioral health and dentistry. Sacred Heart also partners in the provision of assisted living facilities and services throughout the region.

LVB: With the cost of health care services continuously rising, how does Sacred Heart position itself and what strategies does it implement to stay on top of these changes?

Christopher Holland
Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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