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St. Luke’s Warren Campus Receives Highest Possible Quality Score from Medicare & Medicaid
March 18, 2019

St. Luke’s Warren Campus has received a five-star quality rating -- the highest possible score -- from the annual quality and safety hospital review conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). Only six hospitals in New Jersey received this honor.

The results were based on quality measures collected from 4,500 Medicare-certified hospitals. The quality measures spanned categories including mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness and timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.

“Achieving a five-star rating supports St. Luke’s Warren Campus’ commitment to providing high quality, safe and timely care to our patients – the principles at the heart of St. Luke’s University Health Network’s mission,” says Scott R. Wolfe, President, St. Luke’s Warren Campus. “The CMS distinction confirms the dedication and hard work of our medical and hospital staff members and the support and influence of our Network. Without their support, we could not have achieved this level of performance nor the commitment to continuing this standard of care for our patients and their families in the future.”

CMS designed the rating system to direct consumers to the hospitals that provide the best health care and to encourage health systems to improve the quality of the care provided. Only 293, or less than 7 percent, of the 4,500 hospitals nationwide were given the 5-star achievement. Most hospitals earned a three-star rating.

“We are extremely proud of our five-star rating and the fact that St. Luke’s Warren Campus and St. Luke’s University Health Network are top performers nationally and in our region,” says Donna Sabol, chief quality officer. “This is testament to the high quality care provided to our patients each and every day within our Network.”

Hospital ratings are available at CMS’ Hospital Compare website.

  

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 320 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital.  In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.