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St Lukes Awarded Two HAP 2012 Achievement Awards

St. Luke’s Awarded Two Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) 2012 Achievement Awards

Both St. Luke’s University Network and St. Luke’s Hospital – Miners Campus Garner Recognition for Patient Safety Initiatives

St. Luke's HAP Award Team

Melanie Martin, RN: Ella Rios, RN; Carolyn
Scanlon, HAP; Joseph Merola, MD; Kathy
Nunemacher, RN; Cindy Max, RN, MSN; Donna
Sabol, RN, MSN, and Mary Toole Biscoe, RN,
celebrate the 2012 HAP Award for Patient Safety.

Dr. Joseph Merola HAP Award

Joseph Merola, MD, St. Luke’s Chairman of the
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and
Carolyn Scanlon, HAP President, proudly hold
the HAP Award that St. Luke’s University Health
Network earned for a patient safety initiative to
reduce the number of elective births before the
39th week of gestation.

Bethlehem, Pa. (6-28-2012) – The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently recognized St. Luke’s University Health Network for reducing the rate at which women underwent elective deliveries of babies born at 39 weeks of gestation or earlier to 1.14% of all deliveries at the Bethlehem and Allentown Campuses. The national target rate is < 5%.

Additionally, HAP recognized St. Luke’s Hospital – Miners Campus with an award for the appropriate dosing of enoxaparin (Lovenox ®), a drug used to prevent angina, heart attacks and blood clots in the legs.

St. Luke’s University Health Network is the only network and St. Luke’s Hospital – Miners Campus is the only hospital in the region selected as a HAP winners this year.

“Your network continues to set itself apart as a leader in quality and patient safety initiatives, and I am honored to join you to celebrate your outstanding leadership, teamwork and innovation,” said HAP President Carolyn Scanlan to the Network team on June 22 when presenting the award. “You are adding to an esteemed list of existing recognitions. For HAP’s award program alone, St. Luke’s University Health Network and the hospitals within the Network have won 7 awards in the past 3 years.”

St. Luke’s University Health Network won for “Rapid Cycle Reduction of Obstetric Electric Delivery by Team Concepts and a Culture of Safety.” The program was developed and implemented through a multi-disciplinary team with the goal of reducing the elective deliveries at less than 39 weeks gestation. “Over the past several years there has been increased national interest in the practice of elective delivery at lass than 39 weeks of gestation as evidence shows that elective deliveries can have serious negative consequences for mother and baby,” explained Scanlan. The rate was reduced by nearly 16% over a two-year period, according to hospital data.

Network team members collaboratively leading the initiative included the following:

Physicians (OB/Gyns):

  • Joseph Merola, MD, MPH, FACOG, St. Luke’s Chair, Department of Obstetrics &Gynecology
  • James Airoldi, MD, St. Luke’s Division Director of Obstetrics & Director of Perinatal Research
  • James Anasti, MD, St. Luke’s Obstetric Residency Program Director
  • Peter Robson, MD , St. Luke’s Obstetric Hospitalist
  • Michael Yeager, MD, OB-Gyn Care Associates of St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s University Health Network Administrators:

  • Donna Sabol, RN, MSN, CPHG, VP and Chief Quality Officer
  • Cyndi Max, RN, MSN,VP of Operations
  • Kathy Nunemacher, RN, Coordinator, Clinical Quality Improvement

St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Obstetrical Unit:

  • Mary Toole, RN, Patient Care Manager
  • Susan Walp, RN, Clinical Coordinator
  • Judy Meier, RN
  • Toni Prelovsky, RN

St. Luke’s Hospital - Allentown Campus Obstetrical Unit:

  • Ella Rios, RN, Patient Care Manager
  • Melanie Martin, RN
  • Jan Holder, RN

HAP will present the team from St. Luke’s Hospital – Miners Campus with the patient safety award for “Appropriate Dosing of Enoxaparin (Lovenox ®) Compliance with FDA-Approved Guidelines” in late August.

“Congratulations to the St. Luke’s teams for doing such a remarkable job continuing to focus on safety and quality,“ said Richard A. Anderson, President & CEO, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “I am proud that we have been recognized for our excellent, measurable and demonstrated quality of care that makes a true difference in the lives of our patients.”


Contact Information

Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network
484-526-4104
raderd@slhn.org