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St. Luke’s Senior Health Gets High Marks in U.S. News & World Report
November 10, 2017

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) has been recognized as “high performing in Geriatrics” by U.S. News & World Report

“This honor shows our commitment in providing excellent care to our seniors, and this is appreciated in our community,” says Carrie Fleckenstein, Senior Network Director, Senior Care Services, of the Senior Health program.

Alaa-Eldin A Mira, MD

Alaa-Eldin A Mira, MD

“Under the leadership of Dr. Alaa Mira, our Chief of Geriatrics, St. Luke’s has assembled a highly trained, experienced and compassionate team of geriatricians who understand and address the needs of seniors and their caregivers. There has also been great support by St. Luke’s senior leadership for senior care services across the network.”

U.S. News & World Report bases a hospital's overall geriatrics score on various data categories, including volume of high-risk patients, nurse staffing and patient survival. SLUHN received an “excellent” rating for patient services and a “very high” rating for its volume of patients at least 75 years old treated for complex conditions.

One element that makes SLUHN's senior care so effective is that it takes a team approach to address the unique needs and challenges associated with the senior population. SLUHN brings together a specialty team of geriatricians, nurse practitioners and social workers to provide consultations, comprehensive evaluations and recommendations for senior care.

“We work with patients, family members and family physicians to evaluate the patient’s physical, emotional, social and functional needs, and assist in planning for their future,” Fleckenstein explains. “Our goal is to provide a positive aging experience for all adults in our community through specialized services and care designed for seniors. Recognizing that aging adults have unique needs and challenges, we help seniors and their caregivers get the most out of their life through a wealth of programs and tools designed by geriatric specialists.”

These programs and tools include:

  • The St. Luke’s Caregiver Support Group, which provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE), a specialized program that addresses the needs of hospitalized older adults using a multidisciplinary team approach to prevent functional and cognitive decline, and improve outcomes and satisfaction. The ACE program identifies older adults at risk and creates an individualized care plan to reduce hospital complications, length of stay, delirium rate and unnecessary medication use.
  • The St. Luke’s Senior Surgical Program, which has a Senior Care Surgery Coordinator who works closely with the surgeon’s office, the operating room staff, the patient’s primary care physician and other health care professionals to guide older adults through the surgical process – before, during and after surgery. The Senior Care Surgery Coordinator performs a comprehensive assessment and identifies the patient’s individual needs. Assessment areas include: cognitive, functional performance, gait and mobility, nutrition, medication/pain management and caregiver burden. The coordinator also conducts depression and frailty screenings.
  • The Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program, which is nurse-driven and designed to improve the care of older adults. 

For more information about SLUHN’s Senior Health, and a full list of services and resources available, please visit http://seniors.slhn.org/

Media Contact:

Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network providing services at seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites in the greater Lehigh Valley. The network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus. Dedicated to advancing health education, St. Luke’s operates the nation’s oldest School of Nursing and 23 graduate medical educational programs and is considered a major teaching hospital – the only one in its region. Repeatedly, including 2017, St. Luke’s earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital and 50 Top Cardiovascular Program designations, in addition to other honors for clinical excellence. St. Luke’s is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as electronic medical records, telehealth, online scheduling and pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.