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Lehigh Regional named as Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals

By MELISSA BILL - | May 5, 2021



Lehigh Regional Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, has been named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.

This is the first time Lehigh Regional Medical Center has been recognized as one of the so-listed top-performing hospitals in the U.S.

The annual list was released April 27.

Lehigh Regional Medical Center is one of only two small community hospitals in Florida to receive the recognition. IBM Watson Health identified the top hospitals from a rigorous evaluation of 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the U.S., a release announcing the award states. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health.

“We are proud of all of the hospitals, health systems and their dedicated clinicians and staff included among the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals,” said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health officer at IBM Watson Health, in a prepared statement. “From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation. They also recognize the importance of contributing to the health of their communities and we applaud them for their programs that help provide equitable quality care and address health disparities.”

This year’s ranking of top hospitals also introduces a measure of hospitals’ contributions to community health with a focus on equity developed by a team of experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.

The hospitals were surveyed across three components: 1) assessing hospital contributions to community health as a provider of critical services for community health and preventive care; 2) identifying ways that hospitals contribute to community health as a community partner teaming up with local organizations to implement critical programs; and 3) focusing on ways that hospitals promote community health through their practices as anchor institutions supporting local economic and social progress.

Hospitals received credit for meeting a certain number of best practice standards in each component as part of the survey scoring and the new measure led to a change in ranking for more than one-third of the 100 hospitals.

Lehigh Regional Medical Center is one of 46 hospitals that are members of Prime Healthcare, a health system whose hospitals have been recognized 58 times as “100 Top Hospitals” by Fortune/IBM Watson Health.

“We are very grateful that Prime Healthcare purchased Lehigh Regional Medical Center because they have given us the opportunity to serve our community with clinically excellent care and service,” states Cheryl McIntire, CEO/CFO of Lehigh Regional Medical Center. “I appreciate how hard our staff and physicians have worked to earn this recognition, and we are committed to continuing to serve our community and all those who walk through our doors.”

Lehigh Regional Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission with the Gold Seal of Approval as an 88-bed acute care facility. The hospital provides specialty care in areas including Emergency Services, Cardiology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics and Pathology.

“This recognition helps foster community trust and demonstrates Lehigh Regional Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to prioritize patient-centered care,” Jackie Arsenault, Business Development/Marketing at Lehigh Regional said.

For more information, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/.