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St. Luke’s Earns HAP Achievement Awards For Health Care Innovation In Four Categories

St. Luke’s Earns HAP Achievement Awards For Health Care Innovation In Four Categories

Bethlehem, PA (8/8/2014) -- St. Luke’s University Health Network recently received four Achievement Awards from The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for its outstanding efforts to better health care in the state.

St. Luke’s University Health Network’s winning entries for 2014 are out of 100 submitted applications in the 2014 program, 15 Achievement awards were granted. St. Luke’s won four of those 15. This year’s winning programs for the system are:

  •  Workplace: Emergency Department Safety & Security Project: Visitor Process & Accountability 
  •  Patient Safety: A Multifactorial Risk Reduction Strategy for Preventing Perineal Trauma and Increasing Maternal Safety at Vaginal Delivery 
  •  Patient Care: A Clinical Nurse Leader Led Multidisciplinary Heart Failure Program: Integrating Best Practice Across the Care Continuum to Reduce Avoidable 30 Day Readmissions 
  •  Operational Excellence: The Journey to Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Success

Achievement Award winners are chosen for their exceptional work and innovation in focus areas that affect patients, communities, and employees. These categories include: workplace, community benefit, patient safety, patient care, operational excellence, and innovation—which is an award given for a bold breakthrough idea or intervention that is submitted in any of the five categories.

“St. Luke’s University Health Network is honored to have earned not one, but four HAP Achievement Awards this year for our innovative work to improve health care in our region,” said St. Luke’s University Health Network’s President and CEO Richard Anderson. “There is so much changing for health care, in our state and throughout the nation, and we are pleased to be a network making a positive difference.”

“We have seen St. Luke’s University Health Network earn 13 HAP Achievement Awards since 2010, and that is a significant accomplishment for their employees, patients, and the communities they serve, and for Pennsylvania health care as a whole,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “The network’s ability to innovate year after year demonstrates its intense focus on quality, the patient experience, and public health—all so critical for successful health care delivery in our state.”

There were a total of 15 HAP Achievement Award winners for 2014. Entries were evaluated by a 15-judge panel representing the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations, and for-profit and nonprofit entities.

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at


Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network

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