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US News & World Report Awards St. Luke's Most High Marks in Lehigh Valley
August 02, 2019

According to the US News & World Report 2019 hospital rankings, St. Luke’s University Hospital-Bethlehem is “high performing” in 12 adult specialties, procedures and conditions. No other hospital in the Lehigh Valley received more recognitions.

“We are proud US News & World Report has recognized St. Luke’s as ‘high performing’ in so many categories,” Donna Sabol, St. Luke’s Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, said. “This adds to the extensive list of honors St. Luke’s has received in the past year – IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospital, Newsweek ‘World’s Best’ Hospital and Leap Frog Top Hospital, as well as the region’s only five- and four-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”

US News & World Report rated St. Luke’s “high performing” in the adult specialties of geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology.

It also rated St. Luke's “high performing” in all nine of the study's ranked procedures and conditions:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair 
  • Aortic valve surgery 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Colon cancer surgery 
  • Heart bypass surgery 
  • Heart failure 
  • Hip replacement 
  • Knee replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery.

Only 57 out of 4,500 hospitals nationally were rated "high performing" in all nine of the study's ranked procedures and conditions. No other Lehigh Valley hospital achieved this distinguished honor.


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 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne 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 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 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 and a Newsweek World’s Best 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.