Healthcare Heroes Award Ceremony Honors LVHN Programs, Providers

LVHN Group at Healthcare Heroes

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s honorees attend the Healthcare Heroes breakfast and awards ceremony.
Photo courtesy of Lehigh Valley Business

Several Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) colleagues and programs were honored Thursday at the inaugural Healthcare Heroes awards ceremony hosted by Lehigh Valley Business.

An independent panel judged 47 finalists and chose 10 Healthcare Heroes for their significant impact on the quality of health care in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

The AIDS Activities Office at LVHN was the winner of the Education Hero – Organization award. The clinic was recognized for improving the community’s understanding of HIV/AIDS and playing a prominent role in efforts to prevent the disease.

Among the finalists for this award was the Valley Preferred-BeneFIT Corporate Wellness program that serves employers and not-for-profits.

LVHN’s flu crew was a finalist for the Innovation Hero award. LVHN’s annual drive-through vaccination program has distributed thousands of free flu shots since 1999.

LVHN patient care coordinator Kimberly Bartman, RN, won the Nurse of the Year award. She was recognized for her acts of compassion and various projects she leads that help her patients. Last year, Bartman was named Magnet Nurse of the Year by the Philadelphia-Area Magnet Consortium. Read More »

LVHN Earns Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Development Award; Arena Project Spotlighted

As the downtown Allentown arena project changes the face of the city, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will be a key player. LVHN’s role in the arena project – and its $326 million investment in community benefit – were recognized yesterday afternoon when the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (GLVCC) honored LVHN with its 2013 Community Development Award.

Presented before a crowd of about 450 local business leaders at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, the award recognizes the role LVHN plays in keeping the economy strong and improving the quality of life for people in our region. One way LVHN accomplishes this is through its annual investment in community benefit. This includes providing health care services for people who are uninsured or underinsured, services for which LVHN is not fully reimbursed, and community outreach such as the 12,000 free flu shots given out at Allentown’s Dorney Park and Coca-Cola Park last fall. Read More »

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ALS Association Recognizes LVHN’s Treatment for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Glenn Mackin, MD, and Richard Smolev

LVHN neurologist Glenn Mackin, MD, and ALS patient Richard Smolev, right, celebrated today as the national ALS Association honored LVHN as a Recognized Treatment Center.

The national, nonprofit organization that works to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease today honored Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for meeting national standards of care in managing the disease officially called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

The ALS Association and its Greater Philadelphia Chapter have established LVHN as a Recognized Treatment Center for ALS. Representatives of the organization came to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest today to present a plaque marking the designation.

ALS is the progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which affects the function of nerves and muscles. Symptoms often begin with weakness in one limb and then progress to impaired use of arms and legs, slurred or thick speech, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis.

LVHN’s ALS Clinic uses a team approach to treat the condition with medication and therapies to improve quality of life. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network Earns Magnet Prize®

LVHN colleagues receive Magnet Award

LVHN representatives received the 2013 Magnet Prize® on Wednesday evening in Orlando, Fla.

Amid cheers from more than 7,000 nurses and medical professionals, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) was announced the recipient of the 2013 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Prize®.

This national award recognizes innovative nursing programs and practices and is given to a single hospital among all ANCC Magnet-designated organizations. The announcement was made at the ANCC National Magnet Conference being held in Orlando, Fla.

The winning award application, submitted by LVHN’s Center for Professional Excellence, detailed the impact professional nurses make in the health network’s Telehealth Services program.

“The LVHN telehealth programs reveal how essential nurses are in leading, developing and improving upon the use of new technologies to ensure the best in patient care,” says ANCC Executive Director Karen Drenkard, PhD. “These telehealth programs are powerful models to be implemented nationally and globally, as a transformative new care delivery system.”

“One of the key factors in our selection for the Magnet Prize was how telehealth involves our nurses as care providers and elevates nurses as innovators and leaders in this futuristic type of health care,” says LVHN chief operating officer Terry Capuano, RN. Read More »

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Morning Call Readers Select Lehigh Valley Health Network, Physicians Among 2013 ‘Reader’s Choice’ Award Winners

Morning Call Readers Choice logoReaders of The Morning Call have spoken, and they’ve chosen Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) as the region’s best hospital/health network and best place to work/overall. That’s according to the news organization’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards, which were released Sunday.

Readers also chose LVHN for best emergency services and as the best place to have a baby Read More »

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