St. Luke's hospitals win top performer honors

Recognition comes from leading accreditor of U.S. health care organizations

Posted: 5:39 PM EST Nov 13, 2013   Updated: 5:41 PM EST Nov 13, 2013

Five of the hospitals in the St. Luke’s University Health Network have been ranked among the nation’s top performers by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

Based on key quality measures, the hospitals were recognized for exemplary performance in using clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions.

Those processes focus on care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, influenza and inpatient psychiatric services.

St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus, St. Luke’s Miners Campus and St. Luke’s Warren Campus are five of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at St. Luke’s is safe, effective care," said Donna Sabol, vice president and chief quality officer at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

"That’s why St. Luke’s has made a commitment to ensure patients receive the care that is demonstrated through scientific evidence to improve patient outcomes.

"We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s top performers on key quality measures”

The ratings are based on data reported to The Joint Commission during 2012.

The list of top performers increased by 77 percent from last year and represents 33 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability performance data for 2012.

St. Luke’s Warren Campus in Phillipsburg, N.J., was a top performer for the third consecutive year.

 For 2012, it was recognized for dealing with following conditions:  heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“I could not be more proud of the team at St. Luke’s Warren,” said Scott R. Wolfe, president of St. Luke’s Warren Campus.

“Our hospital is one of only 182 hospitals in the entire nation to earn this recognition for the third consecutive year. It is especially gratifying to be part of a network that values these types of achievements.”

This is the second consecutive year that St. Luke’s Miners Campus is being recognized as a top performer for both pneumonia and surgical care.

Located in Coaldale, Schuylkill County, that hospital is one of only 424 that achieved the distinction for two years in a row.

“Being among only 424 hospitals to earn this recognition for the second year confirms the excellent care our patients are receiving from their community-based hospital,” said Bill Moyer, president of St. Luke’s Miners Campus.

“Maintaining excellence as we add additional specialty care and expand services is truly a remarkable achievement.”

 Both St. Luke’s Allentown hospital and St. Luke's Unversity Hospital-Bethlehem, which is in Fountain Hill, were recognized for care in these areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

St. Luke’s Quakertown hospital was recognized for pneumonia and surgical care.

“St. Luke’s and all the top performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark R. Chassin, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission.

In addition to being included in last week’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, St. Luke’s will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website.

St. Luke’s Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township was not included in the Joint Commission survey because the hospital opened in November 2011 and lacked complete data to be included in the 2012 measures.