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Sacred Heart and St. Luke's Announce Merger
9/19/2017

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Sacred Heart HealthCare System, a health network that includes Sacred Heart Hospital in downtown Allentown, Pa., primary care centers at ten sites throughout the Lehigh Valley and senior housing services, and St. Luke’s University Health Network, a regional health network with seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites serving 10 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, today announced plans for Sacred Heart HealthCare System to join St. Luke’s University Health Network.

The terms of the transaction will allow the combined health network to continue its relentless focus on quality and to enhance the level of health care services, develop new programs and service opportunities and increase access to physician specialists in the Lehigh County region, while maintaining its not-for-profit status. The terms also allow for Sacred Heart Hospital to maintain its Catholic identity.

 “Sacred Heart is excited to enter into this affiliation with St. Luke’s,” John Nespoli, president and CEO of the Sacred Heart HealthCare System said. “St. Luke's has an incredible track record of working successfully with community hospitals. With the partnership of St. Luke’s, Sacred Heart will offer our physicians and employees growth opportunities and, most importantly, continue with our charitable mission in the heart of the city.”

The agreement between Sacred Heart HealthCare System and St. Luke’s University Health Network has been unanimously approved by the Boards of both organizations after a competitive selection process.
 Paul Huck, chairman of Sacred Heart HealthCare System's Board of Directors stated, “This affiliation agreement was made with the best interests of our patients, our physicians, our employees and our community in mind. St. Luke's long history of enriching the hospitals that join its network make it the ideal partner. This collaboration will ensure that the health care needs of people in the Lehigh Valley and the region will continue to receive the quality, compassionate care that has been the mainstay of Sacred Heart for over 100 years.”

St. Luke’s University Health Network CEO and President Richard A. Anderson added, “Over the years, St. Luke’s has established a highly successful record of working collaboratively and forming successful partnerships with hospitals that have joined our network – in western Allentown, Quakertown and Coaldale, Pa., and in Phillipsburg, NJ. We have extended our nationally recognized quality programs to these locations, providing patients with cost-effective care and superior quality second to none as measured regionally and nationally. St. Luke’s will replicate at Sacred Heart the success it has achieved at its other campuses, resulting in a ‘win-win-win’ for all. The community wins. Sacred Heart wins. Our Network wins.”
 The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including review and approval by various regulatory agencies. The transaction is expected to be completed early next year.
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ABOUT SACRED HEART HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
 With a rich history of more than 100 years, Sacred Heart Hospital is a Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services including bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, endocrinology, 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 ranked among the safest hospitals in the United States having received an “A”grade from the Leapfrog Group in 2016 & 2017, is a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery and is a receipent of the American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

ABOUT ST. LUKE’S UNIVERSITY HEATLH NETWORK
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network providing services at seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites. The network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus. Dedicated to advancing health education, St. Luke’s operates the nation’s oldest School of Nursing and 23 graduate medical educational programs and is considered a major teaching hospital – the only one in its region. Repeatedly, including 2017, St. Luke’s earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital and 50 Top Cardiovascular Program designations, in addition to other honors for clinical excellence. St. Luke’s is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as electronic medical records, telehealth, online scheduling and pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.

Dr. Rovito to Receive World Surgical Foundation Award
9/5/2017

A Lehigh Valley physician will be recognized for his long-term volunteer efforts in providing charitable surgical health care to poor and underserved patients around the world.

Peter F. Rovito, MD, a surgeon and attending physician at Allentown’s Sacred Heart Hospital, will be honored at the World Surgical Foundation’s (WSF) 20th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 17, at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg.

Dr. Rovito will receive WSF’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the foundation’s mission of performing surgeries for the indigent in developing countries.  Since 2008, Dr. Rovito has participated in 12 missions in the Philippines, Ethiopia, India and Honduras, operating on as many as 40 patients during each mission.  In November, he will travel to Calabar, Nigeria, to serve on his 13th mission.

Largely as a result of his mission work, Dr. Rovito was selected as the Lehigh Business Journal’s Physician of the Year in 2015.

“Participating in a surgical mission is one of the most gratifying experiences a physician can have,” said Dr. Rovito.  “I'm grateful to the World Surgical Foundation for providing opportunities for surgeons like myself to being our skills to people who really need them, in places where our efforts are genuinely appreciated.  Helping a patient is the best feeling in the world - but helping a patient when you know that if you don't no one else will, is that much more moving,” he said.

“When I got home from my first mission to Romblon in the Philippines, I remember telling my family that I would be doing this again, as often as possible,” Rovito said. “It's exhausting and rejuvenating all at the same time, and it's meant so much to me that I've brought surgical residents, my office manager, physician colleagues and my own son along on missions, so they could appreciate the experience, too.  I plan to go on many more missions with WSF, and I'm grateful to the Alvears (the founders of WSF) for all they do to provide health care in places where it's really needed,” he concluded.

Dr. Rovito, a graduate of the Temple University Medical School, is board certified by the American College of Surgeons.  He has served as a clinical professor of surgery at the Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey, and has published and presented on numerous types and aspects of surgical procedures.

“Peter Rovito is a vital member of our mission team,” said Domingo T. Alvear, MD, who with his wife Dr. Veneranda Alvear established the World Surgical Foundation in 1997.  “Dr. Rovito’s skill, dedication and endurance have benefited countless individuals, enhancing their lives through the numerous successful surgeries he has performed.”

The World Surgical Foundation has conducted 37 surgical missions, performing more than 6,500 surgical procedures on patients in the Philippines, Honduras, India, Thailand, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, and soon, Nigeria.  Additionally, and importantly, WSF focuses on training local medical providers at each location in new techniques and complex surgeries so that the benefits of the missions can be sustained.

Sacred Heart Hospital Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
4/13/2017

ALLENTOWN, PA, April 13, 2017 - The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.  Sacred Heart Hospital was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients and the only hospital in Lehigh County awarded two consecutive “A” grades.

 "Sacred Heart Hospital’s second “A” from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety shows the consistent commitment and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff  to always place patient safety and quality care as the top priorities for each and every patient," said John Nespoli, president & CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital.

 “Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

 Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

 

To see Sacred Heart Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital is a 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 ranked among the safest hospitals in the United States having received an “A” from the Leapfrog Group, and is a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery.

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Sacred Heart Hospital Receives Gold Plus Award
6/27/2017

Allentown, Pa, June, 2017SACRED HEART HOSPITAL has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

      To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

      These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

      “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed.  Sacred Heart has made great efforts to deliver care as quickly as possible.  This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Valerie Donohue, Stroke Coordinator.  “Sacred Heart Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
Sacred Heart Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

      “The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Sacred Heart Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

      Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

      As a nurse and former stroke coordinator, Teri Ackerson is aware that every second counts when a stroke strikes. In May 2013, the training she used to help others helped save her own life. Ackerson’s left arm suddenly went numb, she felt the left side of her face droop and she was unable to speak. Despite her symptoms, Ackerson remained calm, made note of the timing of her symptoms and, with the help of her son, proceeded to get treatment quickly.

      “Hospitals that follow AHA/ASA recommended guidelines not only know the importance to treat quickly with tPA, but they also follow evidence-based research that helps to determine why you had a stroke in the first place and report these findings,” said Ackerson, 46, who completed a marathon 26 days after her stroke. “Without the treatment I received, I would not have recovered as well as I did.”

      According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. 

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

Sacred Heart Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers
11/30/2016

(Allentown, November, 2016) Sacred Heart Hospital 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 Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.  

Sacred Heart Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in August, 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. 

“Sacred Heart Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend (name of organization) for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate Sacred Heart Hospital for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Sacred Heart Hospital has clearly made it a priority 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 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary 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 the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Stroke is the number four 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.

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About The Joint Commission: Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit www.heart.org/myhospital. 


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.

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.

Sacred Heart Hospital Adds Diabetes Coordinator
12/15/2016

[Allentown, PA] — Sacred Heart Hospital recently named Michele Brinker, RN, BSN as the new Diabetes Program Coordinator for the Hospital and HealthCare System.  Adding a Diabetes Program Coordinator allows people with diabetes increased access to diabetes education services.  Brinker’s goal is to reach out to the people in our community to provide high-quality diabetes education. Diabetes is an example of a highly prevalent health issue within the Sacred Heart Hospital community. The American Diabetes Association reports that compared to non-Hispanic whites, the risk of a diabetes diagnosis is 1.7 times higher among Hispanics/Latinos. 

Brinker holds a BSN from Cedar Crest College and is currently working towards her MSN and diabetes educator certification.  For the past 9 years she has been a diabetes educator designing and implementing a diabetes program for the underserved Hispanic population.  Her 29 years of nursing experience includes critical care, OB/GYN, and family health.  She is also experienced in care coordination and  earned a critical Care RN certificate, a lactation consultant certificate and was a certified Lamaze coach.  She is truly committed to the medical needs, comfort and emotional care of those under her care.  

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.

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.

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. 

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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