Quality

At St. Luke’s our vision is to lead the region in clinical quality and safety performance. St. Luke’s has been honored with more than 120 health care quality awards including but not limited to:


2016 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Ratings - 4 Stars

St. Luke’s University Health Network’s hospitals were awarded four stars in the 2016 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) national ratings of hospitals.

Hospital Compare ratings summarize 64 quality measures that include safety of care, effectiveness of care, efficiency, patient experience and others. The Hospital Compare star rating is intended to help consumers choose the best hospital and highest quality care.



Becker’s Hospital Review Top 100 List of Hospitals with Great Heart Programs

St. Luke’s University Health Network has been named to the 2016 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review list, "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs." The hospitals on this list lead the nation in cardiovascular healthcare. Many have pioneered ground-breaking procedures and are still pioneering breakthroughs today. All have received recognitions for top-of-the-line patient care.

In order to develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team examined several reputable ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report rankings for cardiology and heart surgery, Truven Health Analytics' cardiovascular hospital rankings, CareChex rankings for cardiac care, Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care, star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Healthgrades cardiology awards and Magnet designation. Hospitals included in this list have received marks of distinction from these organizations. 

St. Luke's Bethlehem earned a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The hospital includes a Heart Rhythm Center and accredited Chest Pain Center and is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield.


Truven 100 Top Hospital (Major Teaching Hospitals) Award
St. Luke’s University Hospital

Truven 100 Top Hospital (Small Community Hospitals) Award
St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital

This award identifies the nation’s best providers for inpatient hospital care selected from more than 3,000 hospitals. The 100 Top hospitals achieve the following:

  • Significantly higher survival, fewer complications, lower hospital readmissions, lower hospital length of stay, greater patient satisfaction and lower cost of care.
  • St. Luke’s University Hospital is a 4-time recipient of this prestigious award, and is 1 of 15 major teaching hospitals in the nation to be named a 100 Top hospital. St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital is a first-time award winner this year.
  • Truven Health Analytics is a multinational Health Care company, which delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, research and services to the health care industry.

Truven 50 Top Cardiovascular Award

This award identifies the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular care selected from more than 1,000 hospitals in the U.S. The 50 Top Cardiovascular achieve the following:

  • Significantly higher survival, fewer complications, lower hospital readmissions, lower hospital length of stay and lower cost of care.
  • St. Luke’s is a 6-time recipient of this outstanding recognition.

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Study

St. Luke’s has been named as High Performer in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonary and Urology. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in the following:

  • Inpatient volume, use of key technologies, survival, physician reputation score, patient safety, nurse staffing.

The goal of the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Study is to determine which hospitals provide the best care for the sickest patients with the most complicated medical conditions and surgical procedures.


The Joint Commission

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures Recognition. This recognition is given to hospitals for achieving excellence in providing evidence-based care for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgery.


Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score

The Leapfrog group is a national coalition of large employers, which publishes a biannual Hospital Safety Score. St. Luke’s has been the recipient of “A” ratings from Leapfrog. The safety score rates hospitals in the use of electronic medical record, ICU physician staffing, medication safety, infections and error prevention.


Blue Distinction® Centers for Cardiac Care Designation

The Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) designation signifies that your facility’s cardiac program met nationally established criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively. Those facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also demonstrated both expertise and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care.


Blue Distinction® Centers for Maternity Care Designation

The Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) designation signifies that your facility’s maternity program met nationally established criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively. Those facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also demonstrated both expertise and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care.


Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Allentown and Bethlehem campuses have received Women’s Choice Awards® for being among America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women say they want from a hospital.

The list of over 400 award winners, including St. Luke’s, represents hospitals that offer exceptional obstetric services which ranked above the national average for patient safety, thereby supporting a woman’s decision when choosing the best for her maternity needs.


American Heart/Stroke Get With The Guidelines Target, Stroke Gold Plus Honor Roll Elite

The Award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate 85 percent or greater compliance in each of the 7 Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Achievement Measures for 24 consecutive months.


American College of Surgery Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) CoC Accreditation

CoC accreditation recognizes a cancer program that meets the following standards:

  • Comprehensive care including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services.
  • A cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up.
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care.
  • Quality care, close to home.

Hospital and Health Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Achievement Awards Program

Each year HAP honors hospitals and health systems for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through its Achievement Awards program. St. Luke’s has won 13 HAP Achievement Awards in a 5 year period (2010 – 2014), outpacing every other hospital and health system in PA.


Premier QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare

This national award recognizes hospitals that achieved top performance in seven categories: Cost and Efficiency, Inpatient and Outpatient Evidence-Based Care, Mortality, Safety, Patient Experience and Appropriate Hospital Use.

Premier, Inc. is a healthcare performance improvement alliance of nearly 3,400 U.S. hospitals.

Premier is an industry leader, which has created the most comprehensive database of actionable data, best practice and cost reduction strategies:

  • The QUEST collaborative includes over 370 hospitals nationally which have committed to save lives, safely reduce the cost of care, deliver the most effective care, improve patient safety, and increase patient satisfaction. Of the 370 hospitals, 30 received a QUEST Award. St Luke’s received 4 of the 30 awards in 2015.

National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition is awarded to physician practices, which meet standards proven through research to provide safer and higher quality primary patient care.

St. Luke’s University Health Network has more physician practices that are NCQA recognized than any other area hospital.


Accredited Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery

An accredited Bariatric Surgery program is one, which meets rigorous requirements including evidence-based clinical care, high quality clinical outcomes and strict physical environment of care standards. The accreditation is voluntary and is conducted by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). St. Luke’s Bariatric Surgery Program has been MBSAQIP accredited since 2010.


American College of Radiology

St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center offers diagnostic imaging exclusively and has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Facilities that receive accreditation by the American College of Radiology have voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to ensure nationally-accepted high practice standards have been met. This review process includes an evaluation of staff qualifications, facility equipment and quality assurance.


Center of Excellence Designation in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™ (COEMIG)

This designation distinguishes both the hospital and the individual surgeons as providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality surgical care. Hospitals and individual surgeons qualify for designation as an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™ (COEMIG) by participating in a rigorous evaluation process designed to document that they have a comprehensive program and meet the established program requirements for providing safe gynecologic surgical care with excellent short- and long-term outcomes.