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Allentown Campus Recognized with Premier Award for Quality for Second Consecutive Year

Allentown Campus Recieves Premier Award for Quality for Second Consecutive Year

National Data-based Awards an Indicator of Quality Care, Reduced Costs

St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus has been awarded the Premier Award for Quality in knee and hip replacement surgery for the second consecutive year. Representatives of Premier Inc., an alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems, presents the Award for Quality to John P. Bruno, DO, vice president for medical affairs, St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus, at the Premier Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida June 19, 2007.

In hip and knee replacement procedures, St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus ranks 6th out of 321 eligible hospitals or within the top 2 percent nationally. Additionally, St. Luke's Hospital-Allentown Campus earned the first place ranking in the knee and hip surgery category among the College of Teaching Hospitals, out of 48 eligible College of Teaching Hospitals.

“Hospitals that win the Premier Award for Quality deliver the highest quality of care in a cost-effective way,” says Stephanie Alexander, senior vice president and general manager of Premier Healthcare Informatics. “Congratulations to all of them for delivering excellent patient care by using best practices and evidence-based decision-making.”

“Receiving the Premier Award for Quality for the second consecutive year reinforces the fact that our employees are continually striving to offer the highest quality patient care on a daily basis, while containing costs,” says Frank Ford, COO, St. Luke's Hospital –Allentown Campus. “We are extremely proud of this recognition. A considerable amount of hard work and dedication by our physicians and hospital staff goes into this achievement.”

“While the Premier distinction demonstrates a tremendous health care value, it also demonstrates the skills of the outstanding orthopedic surgeons who practice at St. Luke's Hospital-Allentown Campus together with the efforts of an exceptional multidisciplinary team of caregivers” says Dr. Bruno. “We applaud their efforts and thank them on behalf of our patients.”

OAA Orthopaedic Specialists Kevin J. Anbari, MD, Peter A. Keblish, MD, Paul F. Pollice, MD, Gregor M. Hawk, MD and Brendan J. O’Brien, DO congratulated St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus on this latest achievement, jointly stating, “St. Luke's Hospital-Allentown Campus has established itself as a premier joint replacement center, offering patients personalized, compassionate care, as well as the latest in state-of-the-art joint replacement technologies. The entire surgical staff at St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus work together closely as a team, from operating room staff to dedicated surgeons to post-operative care nurses, to ensure patients a smooth, speedy recovery. In addition, St. Luke's has the only operating room in the Lehigh Valley with the equipment to perform computer-assisted knee replacement surgery. The entire surgical staff at OAA Orthopaedic Specialists is proud to be a part of the St. Luke's team and extends congratulations on receiving the Premier Award for Quality in knee and hip replacements. Well deserved!"

“This is a great honor for St. Luke's,” says orthopedic surgeon Randy Jaeger, MD of Coordinated Health. “It reflects the hard work and commitment of the whole orthopedic team."

Colleague Wei-Shen W. Lin, MD agrees, adding, “The Operating Room staff at the Allentown Campus is always keen to detail and provides a great experience for my patients.”

Orthopedic surgeons operating at the Allentown Campus specialize in the replacement of all major joints, and have performed some of the most advanced orthopedic procedures anywhere. In 2006, St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus became the first hospital in the region to offer the Ci System® for computer-assisted knee replacement surgery. This minimally-invasive technology for total knee replacement provides surgeons with a three-dimensional view of the knee joint and precise data to more accurately align implants during knee replacement procedures.

According to Premier, Inc., the award is distinguished by its consideration of performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, clinical process indicators and resource utilization outcomes. The Premier Award for Quality is earned in six clinical areas from a pool of nearly 400 eligible hospitals and is based on quality and cost data regularly submitted to Premier for reporting and benchmarking purposes.

Clinical areas considered for the 2007 Premier Award for Quality include hip and/or knee replacement procedures, coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction and maternal and neonatal care (pregnancy). Hospitals that submitted data to Premier's Perspective™ clinical comparative database, the largest clinical comparative database in the nation, between October 2005 and September 2006, were eligible to receive the 2007 Premier Award for Quality.