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LVHN Announces Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute

Collaboration and innovation driving the future of bone and joint care

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Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) today announced the formation of Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute to enhance its current award-winning bone and joint care and commitment to excellence on behalf of its patients and the region. 

LVHN is the leading provider of joint replacement surgeries and sports medicine procedures in its service area. The Orthopedic Institute allows LVHN to offer even more choice, more locations and more access to serve everyone’s needs, from competitive athletes to weekend warriors, and everyone in between.

“Letting the future come to us isn’t an option,” said LVHN President and Chief Executive Officer Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA. “The creation of Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute allows us to shape the future of orthopedic care in northeastern Pennsylvania, to innovate on a level that provides unparalleled depth and breadth in high-quality care delivery, research and patient experience across the entire musculoskeletal spectrum. That’s a big plus for the communities we serve.”

The Orthopedic Institute’s creation is a natural extension of a superb organization that combines the strengths of Coordinated Health and Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) Orthopedics in the region’s leading orthopedic service provider. LVHN acquired Coordinated Health in late 2019. Coordinated Health and LVPG orthopedic practices are now part of Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute, with remaining Coordinated Health practices and facilities formally transitioning to the Orthopedic Institute over the next several months.

“LVHN’s orthopedic and musculoskeletal specialists now include nearly 150 providers from Scranton to the Lehigh Valley and beyond in every specialty and subspecialty, providing more choice for patients within the same network,” said John Pierro, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, LVHN. “As the region’s top orthopedic partner, we’re better positioned to provide services designed for patients of all ages.”  

Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute’s focus areas include orthopedics (including orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine), chiropractic care, podiatry, pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry).

“The combined talent of two award-winning health care groups boasts the highest orthopedic success rates in the region, and people in the communities we serve will reap the benefits of unparalleled excellence and access,” said Robert X. Murphy Jr., MD, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive, LVHN. “We are leading the way in joint replacement surgery with the latest technologies for better outcomes.”

“Collaboration, research and education fostered by an institute are vital to continued quality and leading-edge care. Orthopedics is a fast-growing, highly specialized field, treating everything from arthritis to joint replacement to complex spinal problems. Expert surgical and nonsurgical care for the bones, muscles, joints and other parts of our complex musculoskeletal system is essential to living life to the fullest,” Nester said.

The Orthopedic Institute also will partner with affiliated independent orthopedic groups to ensure LVHN offers more choice, more locations, more access and more patient-focused programs to serve everyone’s needs.

Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute is the fourth institute under LVHN, joining Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence.

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