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SACRED HEART HOSPITAL AWARDED ADVANCED CERTIFICATION FOR COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTERS
11/30/2016

(Allentown, November, 2016) Sacred Heart Hospital today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

With this certification, Sacred Heart Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. 

Sacred Heart Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in August, 2016 when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

"By achieving this advanced certification, Sacred Heart Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Sacred Heart Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Sacred Heart Hospital on achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center certification,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Meeting the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification represents a commitment to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“Sacred Heart Hospital is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Valerie Donahue, Stroke Coordinator, Sacred Heart Hospital. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence.”

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2005), Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011) and recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.  

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL LABORATORY RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FROM COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTS
12/2/2016

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s director, Diane Guerrero, MT, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“The laboratory’s success is due to the accomplished staff at Sacred Heart. I am very proud of my team and I am thrilled to once again receive the CAP accreditation,” said Laboratory Medical Director James Chidias, MD.

John Nespoli, Sacred Heart President & CEO said: “The Sacred Heart Laboratory team does an excellent job of meeting the high standards and quality control procedures set by CAP as well as providing a very important service to our patients.  We are very fortunate to have such a safe, reliable and qualified staff in our Lab.”

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.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, 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.

About the College of American Pathologists

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at cap.org.

About Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital is a 215-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from obstetrics to bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation and behavioral health services.  A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Sacred Heart Hospital Night of Chance Huge Success
11/21/2016

Sacred Heart Hospital’s 8th Annual Night of Chance at DeSales University on November 4th raised over $94,000 for the hospital’s Annual Fund.  The successful Sacred Heart Foundation event included great food, exciting casino games, a silent auction, basket bonanza and good times shared with friends and family.  Most importantly, total revenue was increased this year which means more financial support for Sacred Heart programs that aid seniors, disadvantaged children and families.

Sacred Heart Hospital thanks everyone who attended and all of our sponsors including Event sponsors Grant Integrative Facilities Management and Sacred Heart Senior Living and Casino Floor sponsors DeSales University and Boyle Construction Management for their support and for making this memorable evening such a success! 

Mark your calendar for next year's 9th Annual Night of Chance on Friday, November 3, 2017.

 

Donation of Spanish Language Books to Sacred Heart Pediatrics
11/7/2016

Thanks to a grant from the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley and purchasing assistance from the Moravian Book Shop, Sacred Heart Pediatric Services recently received new Spanish language books as part of the Reach Out and Read® program.  The goal is to inspire the children to read and encourage parents to read to their young children in any language.  The grant, through the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley’s Community Grants Program, was further enhanced by deep discounts the Moravian Book Shop was able to offer to purchase as many books as possible.  Careful consideration was given to selecting titles appropriate for young readers.   

Since 1998 Sacred Heart Hospital has participated in Reach Out and Read® a program that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by training doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and by giving books to children at checkups from 6 months through 5 years. Through Reach Out and Read®, each child starts kindergarten with a home library of up to 10 new, carefully chosen books and a parent who has heard at every health supervision visit about the importance of books and reading.

Sacred Heart Hospital is one of 101 locations across the state reaching more than 84,347 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers each year.  Reach Out and Read® doctors and nurses distribute over 6.5 million books to more than 4 million children and their families annually at 4,946 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics and health centers in all 50 states.

Taking Breast Cancer Awareness on the Road
10/16/2015

Allentown, PA---- As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness month and to further the fight against breast cancer, Sacred Heart Hospital and LANta have formed a special partnership to remind women to make their annual mammogram appointment. It’s not a reminder many will miss. A pink Sacred Heart Hospital/LANta bus is now on the streets with the message that early detection is the key to beating breast cancer.

 The leadership of the ATU Local 956 came to LANta Executive Director, Owen O’Neil, with the idea of using LANta buses and employees to raise breast cancer awareness.  The idea was to have a pink bus with bus drivers wearing pink shirts during October.  The union also wanted to make a donation to a breast cancer charity.  “So many LANta employees and their families have been affected by breast cancer and we wanted to do something to help the community,” said Rick Vega, President of the ATU Local 956.  “Being the son of a breast cancer victim and the brother of a survivor, I liked the idea,” O’Neil said. 

 The leadership of the ATU Local 956 came to LANta Executive Director, Owen O’Neil, with the idea of using LANta buses and employees to raise breast cancer awareness.  The idea was to have a pink bus with bus drivers wearing pink shirts during October.  The union also wanted to make a donation to a breast cancer charity.  “So many LANta employees and their families have been affected by breast cancer and we wanted to do something to help the community,” said Rick Vega, President of the ATU Local 956.  “Being the son of a breast cancer victim and the brother of a survivor, I liked the idea,” O’Neil said. 

As a publicly funded entity LANta is not allowed to make charitable contributions.  But LANta periodically buys uniform shirts for its employees so they purchased pink breast cancer awareness uniform shirts.  On Thursday, October 15th the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 956, which represents LANta bus drivers and maintenance workers, were joined by Sacred Heart and LANta leaders for the bus’ inaugural run and for the presentation of a donation of $1,500 to the hospital's Lanshe Breast Center and Parish Nurse Program. 

Since 2009 the Parish Nurses of Sacred Heart Hospital have done extensive outreach in the community about the importance of mammograms. Donations from the local Woman’s 5K Classic and the Susan G. Komen Affiliate Philadelphia also support the Parish Nurses.  Since 2012 Sacred Heart Parish Nurses have been actively engaged in women’s health and breast cancer awareness outreach and education to over 2,300 women.

 In addition, the Parish Nurse program is able to cover the cost of a mammogram for woman who may be uninsured and has helped thousands of women with funding for mammograms or breast cancer treatment.  Sacred Heart is a leader in promoting women’s health and in the fight against cancer.  “The new pink bus will promote the importance of early detection in all the neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley.  We are grateful to the members to the ATU for their commitment to the women of the Lehigh Valley and to Sacred Heart Hospital,” said Holly Edinger, Sacred Heart Hospital Director of Community and Government Relations.

Preventing the Spread of the Mosquito-borne Zika Virus in PA
6/23/16

The Aedes species of mosquito, the primary transmitter of the Zika virus, will return to Pennsylvania this summer as the weather gets warmer.  As of June 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed 19 cases of Zika in Pennsylvania, but all involved individuals who contracted the disease while traveling in infected countries. So far there have been no confirmed cases of mosquitos carrying the Zika virus in any part of the U.S.

While the symptoms of Zika are usually very mild or even undetectable in adults, the virus is linked to serious birth defects like microcephaly and other developmental problems in the brains, eyes, and ears of infants born to mothers with the virus.

Aedes mosquitos bite during the daytime. Pennsylvania residents, especially pregnant women, are advised to take the following precautionary measures to avoid the disease and prevent its spread.

- Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin
- Use EPA-approved insect repellants as directed, which are safe for women who are pregnant or nursing
- Install and repair door and window screens

Clean clogged roof gutters and remove areas of standing water near your home, as these are where mosquitos lay their eggs

Men who have traveled to areas where Zika has spread are advised to take necessary precautions to avoid transmitting the disease to their partners.

Individuals who visit an area where Zika is found, or who develop any of the following symptoms associated with Zika, should see their doctor:

- Fever
- Rash
- Joint pain
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

These symptoms can last for several days to a week after a bite, and can be treated at home with plenty of rest and fluids. Officials recommend that affected persons take acetaminophen or paracetamol to reduce pain or fever and consult with their physician. During the first week of symptoms, avoid mosquito bites so as not to pass on the virus.

Currently there is no vaccine or medicine available to prevent or combat Zika.

Sacred Heart Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition
11/17/15

(Allentown, November 20, 2015) – Sacred Heart Hospital announced today that it has been recognized as a 2014 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 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, surgical care and stroke. Sacred Heart Hospital is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 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.
This is the third year Sacred Heart Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. Sacred Heart Hospital was recognized in 2013 for its performance on accountability measure data for pneumonia, surgical care and stroke and in 2012 for heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:
• Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
• Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
• Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Sacred Heart Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Sacred Heart Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said President and CEO John Nespoli, Sacred Heart Hospital. Sacred Heart Hospital is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

Geoffery G. Hallock, M.D. Awarded Prestigious Fu-Chan Wei Award in Taipei, Taiwan
6/27/14

Allentown, PAGeoffrey G. Hallock, M.D. was recently awarded the Fu-Chan Wei Award for Excellence in Reconstructive Surgery at the annual Chang Gung-Mayo Clinic Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan during their Gala Banquet. The Fu Chan Wei Award recognizes international expertise and a lifelong commitment in the area of reconstructive microsurgery, and was named in honor of Fu Chan Wei, M.D., acknowledged as the number one microsurgeon in the world.  Dr. Hallock is the 5th recipient of this prestigious award.   While attending the symposium, Dr. Hallock also presented several topics including “The 4P’s that Make a Microsurgeon—Persistent, Perfectionist, Pragmatist, and Paranoid.”  These character traits probably describe all surgeons well, especially the last quality in this day and age of the practice [or business] of medicine.

Dr. Hallock is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, general surgeon, and hand surgeon, who is well-known nationally and internationally for his reconstructive work in addition to microsurgery.  His engineering background includes a Bachelor in Science degree in Physics from M.I.T., tempered by his being named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete upon graduation.  He received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and trained in general surgery at Dartmouth in Vermont & New Hampshire. He then completed a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina including a brief cosmetic surgery fellowship in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Hallock is an active member of numerous plastic surgery societies and a prolific writer on many different plastic surgery topics, having authored more than 400 journal articles and 62 book chapters.  He is an associate editor of almost every major plastic surgery journal.  Some also say he has no sense of humor, but it is well known that he can prevent sleep deprivation on all continents.

Dr. Hallock has been a dedicated surgeon in the Lehigh Valley for 33 years, primarily at Sacred Heart and St. Luke’s Hospital.  He provides his surgical expertise in reconstructive surgery in addition to microsurgery to include skin grafting, carpal tunnel surgery, tendon repairs for hand injuries, complex wound management, repair of MOHS procedures after skin cancer removal, and free flap body tissue transfers of any part to another where missing.  As of June, 2014, Dr. Hallock and his superb team have performed over 950 free flap surgeries.  With the help of his colleagues, patients in the Lehigh Valley will continue to receive the exceptional care they need without having to travel far from home.

Fogel Among Elite in Healthcare Volunteer Management
6/2/2016

Beth Fogel has been awarded the credential, “Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services,” by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.  The CAVS is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among the elite in the field of volunteer management in healthcare.
To earn the CAVS designation, an individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of work experience and education, agree to adhere to Professional Standards of Conduct, and pass the CAVS Examination.  This two-hour Exam tests knowledge required of a competent healthcare volunteer services manager in six areas: Planning and Program Development; Management of Human Resources; Finance; Organization and Management of Services; Outreach, Advocacy and Public Relations; and Professional Development.  This certification is valid for three years.
The CAVS credential is sponsored by the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association.  AHVRP provides education, recognition for personal and professional achievements, national networking as well as affiliation and collaboration with the American Hospital Association on public policy and advocacy issues related to healthcare volunteer services and retail operations.  For more information about AHVRP, visit www.ahvrp.org.
The CAVS certification program is currently administered by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), which advances the profession and practice of volunteer resource management by certifying individuals in any setting who demonstrate knowledge and competence in the leadership of volunteers.

Pocket Park Pops Up on Chew Street Due to Community Collaboration
9/9/2015

Citizens Park officially opened on September 3rd when a group of community leaders cut the ribbon to the beautiful pocket park at 619 Chew Street. Sandwiched between two homes, the park is surrounded by colorful landscape murals on the walls of the adjacent homes painted under the direction of lead artist Matt Helm. Along with the murals, new trees, benches, grass, and plants were added so neighborhood residents would have a lovely spot to visit and relax. 

The property was donated to Sacred Heart Hospital in 2013 by Pat and Jack Pressman, longtime Allentown residents and employees of Sacred Heart.  Sacred Heart in turn offered the lot to the community and the vision for the park was developed by the residents of the Jordan Heights neighborhood. Wells Fargo Bank invested over $20,000 to the development of the park.  Wells Fargo employees joined neighborhood residents in volunteering their time to clean-up and plant the park.  But it didn’t stop there, along with the above-mentioned organizations; it was a collaborative effort that included Community Action Development Corp of Allentown, City of Allentown, United Youth Party, Housing Authority Development Corp, Brown Design, Rodale Institute, State Rep. Peter Schweyer and Upside Allentown.

This beautiful park is now open and ready for folks to visit for a few minutes of quiet reflection, to read a book or just enjoy the scenery thanks to everyone working together, and of course the Pressman family, pillars in the community whose generosity will be felt for years to come. 

Community Partners Come Together at Sacred Heart’s Back to School Event
7/28/2015

Allentown, PAOn July 28, 2015 Sacred Heart distributed over 600 back packs and vouchers for free school uniform polo shirts to children entering kindergarten through twelfth grade this fall.  Representatives from several Lehigh Valley community organizations came together at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Sigal Center for Family Medicine for the 4th Annual Healthy Kids…Back to School event to get kids ready for school. Each child took home from a Morning Call book drive where they collected over 1500 books so each child could do some summer reading.  The 4th Annual Healthy Kids…Back to School event also included information on how to stay healthy with exercise and healthy eating tips, information on pediatric services, and a wheel of freebies game that quizzed the children on healthy choices.  But the real hit of the day was an appearance from FeERROUS, the IronPigs mascot, who danced with the kids and got them moving around to the music that was provided by a live DJ.  They also loved the sun butter & jelly sandwiches from Capital Blue Cross and the balloon animals and face painting.

All this was made possible thanks to generous funding from the IronPigs Foundation and The Allentown Health Bureau.  The voucher for the free school uniform polo shirt can be redeemed at The Archive, 627 Hamilton Street, Allentown.

The event, developed in 2011 during Sacred Heart’s 100th Anniversary celebrations, was established to give back to the families in the immediate neighborhoods surrounding Sacred Heart Hospital and better prepare the children for school.  In an effort to grow the 2015 event, Sacred Heart reached out to these additional partners who also found it in their hearts to positively impact children from center city Allentown neighborhoods:

-Aetna – Information for community members
-Allentown Health Bureau – Fruit and Veggie Truck
-AmeriHealth Caritas – Information for community members
-The Archive – Provided a discount to Sacred Heart Hospital for the purchase of backpacks
-Barb Moore – Creative balloon flowers and animals
-Capital Blue Cross – Healthy snacks of sun butter & jelly sandwiches
-Central Catholic High School – Cold water and helpful volunteers
-Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Hardworking interns and mascot, FeRROUS, on hand to greet the children
-Sacred Heart Hospital –Wheel of Freebies, Pediatric Information, Face Painting, Wellness Navigator
-Senator Pat Browne’s Office – Community Information
-Representative Peter Schweyer’s Office – Community Information
-The Morning Call – Book collection resulting in 1,500 free books distributed   to children
-Weller Health Education Center – Healthy exercises, fun games for the participants

Grand Opening of 5th Floor of the Sacred Heart Tower
2/11/15

This week Sacred Heart Hospital unveiled renovations it has made to its 5 Tower medical floor which is now home to 18 private rooms for the recovery for surgical patients. The renovated space is designed around Sacred Heart’s patient-centered philosophy of care. The space is personal and warm. Smaller nursing stations are now physically closer to the patient rooms so clinical staff are more accessible to the patients and their families.

In addition the floor was remodeled to have lounge areas for families and friends. These spaces have access to refrigerators and water/ice stations. The patient rooms also have accommodations for family members to stay overnight and provide support to the patient. Sacred Heart understands that recovery can be both physical and emotional and having family support can make a difference in helping a patient to return home quicker.

All rooms contain wireless access to a new state of the art electronic medical record system giving physicians, nurses and patients immediate access to information critical for their care.

Major funding for this project came from Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, The Air Products Foundation, Harry C. Trexler Trust and the ’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

General Contractor:  Boyle Construction

Architect: MKSD Architects

 

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