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St Lukes Named Best of the Valley 2008

St. Luke's Named "Best of the Valley - 2008"

Lehigh Valley Magazine Bestows Honor to St. Luke's on Behalf of Readers

St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network has been voted the region's “Best Hospital” by the readers of Lehigh Valley Magazine in their 13th annual Best of the Valley Readers' Poll. St. Luke's and the other 100 plus winners from across a variety of industries were announced at an awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Fogelsville on Monday, June 30th. The winners are also featured in the magazine's July/August issue, now on newststands. More than 4,000 readers completed paper and online ballots to select St. Luke's as the region's preferred hospital.

Founded in 1872 in direct response to community need, St. Luke's was destined to launch the era of modern medicine in the Lehigh Valley. From performing the area's first general surgery to performing its first robotic surgery, St. Luke's would grow and change over the next 135 years to continuously anticipate and meet the needs of an entire region.

Although proud of its shining past, St. Luke's is resolutely focused on the here and now. Today, with 44,200 annual admissions, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network is still growing and changing to meet the needs of all its communities. An integrated network of four non-profit hospitals, 1,200 physicians, the Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke's and many related organizations and facilities, St. Luke's provides care in eight counties in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Network employs 6,000 + people and is supported by 1,000 volunteers.

In addition to 76 medical specialties, St. Luke's also offers many centers of excellence including a fully accredited Level 1 trauma center, a nationally recognized open heart surgery program, oncology, neuroscience, orthopaedics, high-risk pregnancy, the region's busiest obstetrical service, robotic surgery, vascular disease and radiology (St. Luke's has been designated a General Electric Healthcare Global Show Site). St. Luke's Hospital – Bethlehem Campus, the Network's flagship facility, has experienced growth in admissions for more than 25 consecutive years and has won 25 major national awards for clinical quality and excellence since 1997 including twice being named one of the nation's 100 Best Hospitals. See About St. Luke's for more information.