Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest

Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest

Excellence, innovation and care.

The care and services we provide annually receive national recognition through awards, affiliations and accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report

Lehigh Valley Hospital is #1 in the region.

Magnet® Hospital

Only 7 percent of hospitals in the nation hold this nursing excellence honor. In the Lehigh Valley, only LVHN hospitals have earned Magnet recognition.

Leapfrog’s “A” Grade for Patient Safety

We’re earned an “A” in patient safety form Leapfrog Group. Leapfrog Group collects information from hospitals across the United States to find the ones that are taking "big leaps" in health care quality, safety and customer value.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

In October 2012, Lehigh Valley Hospital became the first stroke center in Pennsylvania, and one of the first in the United States, to earn advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This Gold Seal means we offer the highest standard of care for stroke; it recognizes our significant resources in staff and advanced training needed to treat patients with complex strokes in our Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU).

Stroke Gold Plus

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest stroke care is gold again.

Most Wired

In 2018, LVHN was recognized as being one of the top ten health systems in the United States at the forefront of health care information technology (among the Most Wired) by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). We’re recognized for the use of information technology to address safety and quality, customer service, business processes, workforce and public health and safety.

LVH-Cedar Crest ER offers:

  • Comprehensive trauma, burn and neurology emergency services, 24/7
  • MI Alert for Heart Attacks and Stroke Alert programs designed to deliver fast, gold-standard care for the best outcomes possible.
  • The Walter J. and June H. Okunski Burn Recovery Center is Pennsylvania’s largest burn center and is verified to treat adults and children
  • A quick care area for patients with less severe injuries, like fractures or cuts

Watch this video to learn about the triage process in the emergency room (also available with Spanish subtitles).

Emergency medicine for heart attack

If you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath or pain in your arms, neck, jaw or back – call 911.

Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders in heart attack survival. Our MI Alert for Heart Attacks program saves lives and limits the amount of heart damage by educating area paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to diagnose heart attacks in the field.

If you’re suffering from a heart attack, paramedics will immediately begin treatment and call ahead to alert our emergency medicine providers of your arrival.

Emergency care for stroke

Every second counts when it comes to stroke. Fast, aggressive care minimizes brain damage by ensuring adequate blood flow to the brain. That’s why you should always remember BE FAST. This acronym will help you remember the signs of a stroke and that you should act quickly.

  • Balance – Sudden loss of balance
  • Eyes – Blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Face – Face drooping or looks uneven
  • Arms – One arm becomes weak or numb
  • Speech – Slurred speech or seems confused
  • Time – If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.


LVHCedar Crest is a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center that provides rapid diagnosis of the type of stroke, targeted therapies – such as clot busting medication (intravenous thrombolytic) or interventional clot retrieval. We have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Children’s ER

Should your child need emergency care, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is home to the region’s only Children’s ER. Our board-certified pediatric emergency physicians, along with board-certified emergency physicians, are prepared to care for your child in a caring and child-friendly environment.