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Awards & Certifications


Center of Excellence

Bariatric Center of Excellence
Sacred Heart Hospital had been named a Bariatric Center of Excellence Facility by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Sacred Heart received this designation on February 1, 2013.

The Surgical Review Corporation determined that Sacred Heart Hospital satisfactorily met the standards set forth and was therefore designated an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and was granted a three-year re-accreditation.

Center for Cancer Care Center for Cancer Care
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) granted three-year approval with commendation to the Center for Cancer Care at Sacred Heart Hospital. The CoC recognized the oncology program at Sacred Heart Hospital as offering high-quality cancer care. Only one in four cancer programs at hospitals across the U.S. receives this special approval. It recognizes the quality of Sacred Heart’s comprehensive patient care and our commitment to providing patients with access to all of the various medical specialists involved in diagnosing and treating cancer.

Franklin Award of Distinction

Franklin Award of Distinction – Excellence in Care Transitions
Sacred Heart Hospital Case Management, Quality Management and Social Work Departments was awarded the "Franklin Award of Distinction – Excellence in Care Transitions" by The American Case Management Association (ACMA) and The Joint Commission.  This award is presented to a Hospital/Health System Case Management Service in recognition of their distinctive and collaborative Case Management practice across the continuum of care.  Sacred Heart Hospital competed with hospitals from all over the country and after an extensive application process and site review, our hard-working and dedicated case managers, social workers and quality coordinators were selected for this prestigious, national award.

Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network

Sacred Heart Hospital was presented with the "Safety Across the Board" Excellence Award by the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) clinical quality team, which serves as the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN) under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Partnership for Patients program. The Safety Across the Board Excellence Award acknowledges important quality and patient safety work that Sacred Heart Hospital accomplished during the last three years and recognized us for our work to reduce preventable (patient) harm and readmissions.

In addition we were recognized for our exceptional performance and participation in these PA-HEN and Partnership for Patients programs: CAUTI (Catheter associated Urinary Tract Infection) Reduction Project (one of three hospitals recognized), CLABSI (Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections) Reduction Project (one of four hospitals recognized), SSI (Surgical Site Infection) Reduction Project and the Obstetrical Adverse Events Prevention.

Imaging Services Imaging Services
All imaging modalities at Sacred Heart Hospital and Sacred Heart Imaging Northampton have been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in imaging by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).  The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.  During on-site inspections inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management. The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program. Sacred Heart Laboratory is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

Moss Rehabilitation


Our acute rehabilitation unit, MossRehab, holds a three-year accreditation for its Stroke Specialty Inpatient Rehabilitation Program. MossRehab’s Stroke Center is one of six Einstein programs recognized as Centers of Excellence. Certified for acute and rehabilitation care, MossRehab has specialty programs in gait and motion analysis, robotic-assisted physical therapy, and aphasia.

Pharmacy Award Pharmacy
Sacred Heart Pharmacy was granted accreditation for Home Infusion Therapy Services from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). CHAP is the leader in community-based health care accreditation services in the U.S. and is an alternative to The Joint Commission. CHAP is an independent and non-profit accrediting body. CHAP’s goal is for home care to not only prosper but gain strength in the overall health care industry.

Primary Stroke Center Certification Primary Stroke Center Certification
Sacred Heart Hospital has been granted Primary Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signals that the services Sacred Heart Hospital provides have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

Stroke Care Recognition Stroke Care
Sacred Heart Hospital received the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Award for Stroke Recognition. Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps Sacred Heart Hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a webbased patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

Sacred Heart Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Sacred Heart Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance in pneumonia, surgical care and stroke. Sacred Heart Hospital is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

Transitional Care Facility Five Stars
Transitional Care Facility
Our Transitional Care Facility (TCF) received a “Five Star” rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Our TCF was one of only two facilities in Lehigh and Northampton Counties to receive this honor.

Vascular Services Accreditation Vascular Services
Our Vascular Laboratory has been accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Labs (ICAVL) since 1996 and was granted a three-year re-accreditation.

Business of the Year Award 2011

Business of the Year Award 2011
Sacred Heart Hospital received the Business of the Year Award from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2011.  The Chamber selected Sacred Heart Hospital to recognize us for our amazing progress.  Since CEO & President John Nespoli joined the hospital in 2009, Sacred Heart experienced a tremendous turnaround for the betterment of our community with focus on growth in admissions, attraction of new doctors/surgeons, expense reduction and streamlining of operations.  John Nespoli made these comments when accepting the award: “Sacred Heart Hospital is dedicated to the community we serve.  This commitment, coupled with our tireless work to ensure financial viability of the Hospital, will ensure we remain the heartbeat of Center City, Allentown.  We are proud of the services we provide and the place we hold within our community.  Sacred Heart is personal, it is different and it is a unique place to heal as a patient.  The Hospital is also a special, caring place to work each day, with staff and employees who truly believe in the mission of providing nurturing care for all to build a healthier community.

The Business of the Year Award was created to recognize a company or organization that demonstrates successful business operations, displays broad interest and involvement in the community, and brings a notable measure of pride to the Lehigh Valley. 


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