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LV, Berks hospitals make tops-in-Pa. list

Several hospitals in the Greater Lehigh Valley earned high marks in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best hospitals.

Several hospitals in the Greater Lehigh Valley earned high marks in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best hospitals.

Among Pennsylvania’s 250 hospitals, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, ranked fourth in the state; Reading Hospital and Medical Center ranked eighth; St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, ranked 15th; and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, ranked 20th.

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, which has made the list for 21 consecutive years, ranked nationally in five adult specialties: cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; orthopedics and pulmonology. It ranked high-performing in nine procedures or conditions. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg was ranked as a high performer in four procedures or conditions.

“Our LVHN colleagues are to be commended for their unwavering commitment to their patients,” said Dr. Brian Nester, president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Reading Hospital ranked nationally in one adult specialty and high performing in five procedures or conditions.

Several years ago Reading Health System developed teams that evaluate clinical outcomes and workflow processes that helped improve its rankings, said Dr. Gregory Sorensen, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Reading Health System.

“All of our teams have seen statistically significant improvement resulting in shorter hospital stays, reduction of complications and mortality and lower cost of care,” Sorensen said.

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading ranked high performing in two procedures or conditions.

St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson campus ranked high performing in two procedures or conditions. St. Luke’s Hospital-Bethlehem ranked high performing in six areas.

Easton Hospital ranked high performing in two procedures or conditions.

Wendy Solomon

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