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Sacred Heart Press Release


Sacred Heart Celebrates 100 Years of Service


August 16, 2012

Abby Barlok

Publications Specialist



Sacred Heart HealthCare System Celebrates 100 Years of Service to the Community and Shares Plans for the Future

On May 31, 2012, more than 125 community members gathered at Sacred Heart Hospital to celebrate the Hospital’s 100th Anniversary and to hear about the plans for Sacred Heart’s future.  As Sacred Heart celebrates this momentous occasion, the Hospital has planned capital improvements to continue to provide quality, compassionate health care to all.  The planned investments of the Hospital will serve as a celebration of its recent successes and will reinforce the four core commitments of the Hospital: to invest in a patient-centered philosophy of health care; to provide quality, compassionate health care to all, including the City’s most underserved populations; to fulfill its mission by recognizing the dignity and eternal destiny of each person, with special concern for the sick and the poor; and to aid in the revitalization of the City of Allentown.

As part of the planned capital improvements at Sacred Heart, the Hospital will implement a patient-centered model of care by creating a 'home away from home' experience through facility improvements in specific patient areas.  Sacred Heart’s efforts have been aptly named, 'Come Home to Your Heart: The Campaign for Sacred Heart Hospital'.  The facility improvements include a fresh, new look to the renovated patient areas including enhanced lighting, flooring, wall coverings and artwork; peaceful, calming and comfortable waiting areas for patient’s loved ones; and kitchenettes for families to congregate and prepare meals for themselves and patients.  (See attached renderings)

In addition to the renovation of these patient areas, Sacred Heart has already upgraded the women’s diagnostic breast health services through the acquisition of digital mammography machines at multiple locations.  Sacred Heart will also expand its leading-edge surgical technology in operating rooms therefore expanding the surgical services already offered by Sacred Heart Hospital.  Purchasing additional technology will keep Sacred Heart Hospital’s technology moving forward and allow physicians to deliver an even higher quality of surgical care, while attracting new doctors and patients to our operating rooms.

The patient care at Sacred Heart is what sets the Hospital apart.  The Sacred Heart approach to patient care is compassionate and personal where patients and their families are more than just numbers, but rather a part of the Hospital family.  Sacred Heart will implement aesthetic changes to ensure the patient experience is unique.  We will change the atmosphere at Sacred Heart to make it new and improved.  The new Sacred Heart will take our patient care to the next level through facility upgrades and will create a home-like health care environment.  John Nespoli, President and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital said, 'Sacred Heart provides a true culture of care and a unique patient experience.  Expanding our patient-centered environment through facility upgrades will set us apart, providing patients with a friendly, personal alternative to care in a community hospital setting.' 

The transformation of care at Sacred Heart Hospital is more than just about the facility.  It is also about patient empowerment.  Illness can be life changing for the patient and family members.  This new facility will foster collaborative care conferences with patients to engage them in a better understanding of their illness.  Educational resources would be offered to encourage the patient to be more actively engage in their healing process.  An engaged patient means better patient outcomes.  Nespoli stated, 'We believe social and family support is vital to good care and good health outcomes.  We will encourage the involvement of family and friends, encouraging a loved one to stay overnight whenever possible.' 

Sacred Heart Hospital has recruited a core group of volunteer leaders to guide 'Come Home to Your Heart' and these projects and initiatives.  Paul Huck, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Air Products, will serve as Chairman of the Campaign and Thomas Scalici, Chief Executive Officer for Cornerstone Advisors, will serve as Vice-Chairman for the Campaign.  In addition to these leaders, the Campaign Cabinet consists of the following community leaders: Dr. Jim Chiadis, Chairman of the Department of Pathology for Sacred Heart Hospital; Atty. Joseph Fitzpatrick, Principal of Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubba; Jim Fronheiser, President of Bradley Pulverizer; Laurie Gostley-Hackett, Manager of Community Relations and Philanthropy at Air Products; Tony Iannelli, President and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Jim Kusko, Owner of ViaMedia; Atty. Steven Lanshe, Vice President for Human Resources and General Counsel for Sacred Heart Hospital; Msgr. John McCann, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Douglassville; Dr. George Provost, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Sacred Heart Hospital; Dr. Bill Riedel, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sacred Heart Hospital; Dr. Mahmood Tahir, President of the Medical Staff at Sacred Heart Hospital; and June Webre, Regional President for Team Capital Bank. This group of community leaders will be instrumental to ensuring the projects are completed. 

'Air Products is privileged to call the Lehigh Valley its home town.  At Air Products, we take pride in being a partner of many of the non profits in the Lehigh Valley.  Our commitment to these non profits is beyond just financial support and Sacred Heart is no exception,' said Paul Huck, Chief Financial Office and Senior Vice President at Air Products. Mr. Huck went on to say, 'I joined the Sacred Heart HealthCare System Board in 2001 because it was an opportunity to serve my community and to practice my faith.  I saw a hospital that served a very special mission.  During my tenure, we have met every challenge.  I am proud of the changes that we have made and the opportunities we have as we enter into our second century of serving the Allentown community.  For all these reasons, Air Products is proud to be a part of Sacred Heart’s 100th Anniversary Kick-Off and to be a part of the Hospital’s recommitment to the community.'

Sacred Heart Hospital’s mission is to care for those in need, to promote and to defend the human dignity of each patient, and to create an environment that promotes healing and compassion, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.  As an independent Catholic hospital, the Hospital believes it is its responsibility to care for the sick and the poor-regardless of race, creed, or financial status.  Through these capital investments, the Hospital will continue to serve its mission and the residents of the Greater Allentown region.  In 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital was established as an institution that was obsessed with the patient and that obsession will never change. 


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 earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission as well as the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.


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