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New Medical Director in Sacred Heart Hospital's Emergency Department

March 6, 2009
Contact: Lauren L. Fetterman
610.776.4590 / lfetterm@shh.org

New Medical Director in Sacred Heart Hospital’s Emergency Department

ALLENTOWN – Sacred Heart Hospital is proud to announce that Colleen Wladyslawski, M.D. is the new Medical Director of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Emergency Department. Wladyslawski, employed by Lehigh Valley Health Network, handles the day-to-day operations at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Wladyslawski’s appointment results from an agreement between Sacred Heart Hospital and Lehigh Valley Health Network to collaborate in providing physician services in the Emergency Department at Sacred Heart Hospital, a move that further expanded the range of services available to Lehigh Valley residents. Under the arrangement, which went into effect October 31, 2008, emergency specialists from Lehigh Valley Health Network treat patients in Sacred Heart’s Emergency Department and work closely with referring physicians and Sacred Heart’s nurses, technicians and staff.

After graduating magna cum laude from La Salle University in Philadelphia with an undergraduate degree in biology and a minor in Spanish, Wladyslawski earned her medical degree from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. While in medical school, she was awarded the MCP Hahnemann Paula Bernocchi Memorial Award for Excellence in the field of Emergency Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency at MCP Hahnemann University and has served as an attending physician in emergency medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network since 2002.

Wladyslawski is board certified in emergency medicine and is a credentialed Level 3 Ultrasonographer. Along with teaching ultrasound courses and emergency medicine courses at Lehigh Valley Health Network for interns, residents, and faculty, Wladyslawski serves as co-coordinator of the Pediatric Sexual Assault Response Team, which developed an instructional course specific to pediatric sexual/physical abuse and leads a monthly educational roundtable discussion with nurses.

Wladyslawski is affiliated with the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

Emergency Department Collaboration
The emergency department collaboration was spearheaded by Richard S. MacKenzie, M.D., Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Dr. MacKenzie oversees five emergency departments, including Sacred Heart Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Sacred Heart Hospital entered this collaborative agreement to respond to patients and physicians who requested enhanced services in Sacred Heart’s Emergency Department. The arrangement provides a comparable level of care between the two hospitals, provides access to high-quality emergency services to patients in and around downtown Allentown, and gives patients access to more specialists.

Discussions about Lehigh Valley Health Network and Sacred Heart Hospital collaborating on emergency services came about in June 2008, shortly after the two organizations announced an agreement to consider new, major strategic initiatives focused on enhancing care for people in the community.

Sacred Heart Hospital is a 233-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 acute rehabilitation to bariatric services to adult psychiatric 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. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.


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