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Newsweek Names St. Luke’s to List of World’s Best Hospitals… Again
July 23, 2020

St. Luke’s University Hospital has been named one of the “World’s Best” hospitals by Newsweek magazine for the second year in a row.

“We are proud to be named one of the best hospitals across the world. It is a testament to the outstanding quality care we provide to all patients on a daily basis,” says Donna Sabol, St. Luke’s Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer.

Of 281 American hospitals to make the list, 14 are based in Pennsylvania. St. Luke’s University Hospital, which encompasses both St. Luke’s Bethlehem and Allentown campuses, was ranked 7th overall in the state and is the only hospital from the Lehigh Valley on the list.

“The hospitals on this list are at the forefront of adapting to these new challenges while providing top-notch patient care,” Newsweek said.

To create this ranking, Newsweek and Statista Inc., a global market research and consumer data company, designed a rigorous methodology that evaluated hospitals using data from three sources:

  • Hospital recommendations from peers: an online survey conducted among tens of thousands of doctors, health care professionals and hospital managers in 11 countries
  • Patient experience: surveys of patient satisfaction with hospitals
  • Medical KPIs (e.g. date on quality of treatment, hygiene measures)

Newsweek’s full list of World’s Best hospitals is on the Newsweek website [newsweek.com]. St. Luke’s University Hospital is central-eastern Pennsylvania’s top-ranked hospital, having garnered the health care industry’s highest honors from IBM Watson, Healthgrades and Leapfrog, among others. The hospital includes the St. Luke’s / Temple School of Medicine, the nation’s oldest nursing school and the region’s most extensive residency program.


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 of more than 16,000 employees providing services at 12 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 38 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 347 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 2020, 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 eight times total and six 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.