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Leapfrog Announces Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades - 04/12/17

Bethlehem, PA (April 12, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog, announced today the release of the Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, marking five years since the inception of the Grade in 2012. Strides in patient safety have continually been made over time including a 21 percent decline in hospital acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems, and millions of averted patient harms. 

In Pennsylvania, 132 hospitals were graded, and 31 (23%) received an “A”, the highest letter grade, showcasing a dedication to safe care.  Only one PA hospital – St. Clair Hospital located in Pittsburgh -- has received “Straight As” since 2013.

“Since the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade launch in 2012, our mission has been to increase awareness of hospital safety concerns among consumers, as well as light a fire under hospitals and community leaders to be champions for change.  LVBCH has proven its dedication to improving patient safety through its ongoing work with local hospitals,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We commend every individual who has contributed to ensure patients in Pennsylvania receive safe care.”

“We work closely with the hospitals in our area to help them improve patient care, and, in turn, better the lives of our community,” said Tom Croyle, President of LVBCH.  “As the Grade reaches the five-year milestone, we are proud of the strides made in patient safety, but will continue to plan, advocate and galvanize for patient safety improvements moving forward.”

To read the entire news release about the Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grades and see the complete list of the 31 hospitals in PA that were graded an 'A' in this latest update, click here.

To read an article about the Hospital Safety Grades in LVB, click here.

For hospital ratings in your area, click the image below or visit www.hosptialsafetygrade.org

 

 

LVBCH Announces 2017 Annual Conference - 04/04/17

 

Bethlehem, PA (April 4, 2017) The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) will feature six national and local healthcare experts during its 37th annual conference, "Healthcare in Transition: What’s Next?" on May 4, 2017 at DeSales University.

“The U.S. stands at a critical juncture with regard to determining how to provide access and pay for health care.  The transitions taking place in health care continue despite the confusion emanating from Washington,” said Tom Croyle, LVBCH President.   “Our annual conference provides an excellent opportunity to bring employers, providers and health insurers together to discuss the current political scene, trends and market factors driving changes in healthcare as well as local efforts to improve the quality of care,” said Croyle.

To read the entire news release, click here.

 

Tom Croyle Announces Retirement - 01/12/17

Tom Croyle has announced his plans to retire after 7 successful years leading the Coalition.  Tom has served as the LVBCH President since 2010 and plans to retire on July 1, 2017.

Under Tom’s leadership, the Coalition grew membership to a level that afforded the Coalition the ability to have serious discussions with various healthcare systems regarding cost and quality.  He also positioned the organization for future growth and created a visible presence not only in the communities we serve but nationally through relationships he has built with other coalitions, providers and vendors. 

The search for the Coalition’s next President will be led by a Search Committee made up of members of LVBCH’s Executive Board.  The Search Committee is committed to filling this position with an individual who will continue the important work initiated by Tom and his team. 

The incoming President will continue to be responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the organization, as well as assuring its sustainability well into the future. The recruitment process will begin shortly, and the goal is to have the new President on board by the beginning of summer 2017.  

If you have any questions during this transition, please contact Bob Johnston, Chairperson, LVBCH, at 610-682-6361 or send an e-mail to lvbch@lvbch.com.


 

Upcoming LVBCH Events 

 

May 4, 2017 -- LVBCH 37th Annual Conference

Date: Thursday, 5/4/17         Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: 
DeSales UniversityUniversity Center Building
                2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, PA 18034

Featured Speakers:
     - 
Robert Laszewski, President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates
     - Lawton R. Burns, Ph.D., MBA, Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
     - Michael Thompson, President and CEO, The National Alliance
     - Bridget Peck, MBA, RN, Sr. Medical Value Consultant, Capital BlueCross
     - Mark Wendling, MD, Executive Director, LVPHO
     - Dominic Lorusso, Director of Health Partnerships, Consumer Reports
Registration Required - You must register to attend this event.  
Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door.
This event is for all LVBCH members.
Registration deadline: Monday, April 10, 2017
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Get More Information and Register
Click link to read the News Release about the event
Click link to access the event Program Book

 

May 16, 2017 -- Healthcare Systems Engineering Symposium
"Today’s Challenges for Healthcare Networks and Third Party Payers" 


Date: Tuesday, 5/16/17         Time: 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: 
Lehigh UniversityMountaintop CampusIacocca HallWood Dining Room
Registration Required - You must register to attend this event.  
Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door.
This event is for all LVBCH members.
Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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09/23/17 (Berks County) & 10/01/17 (Lehigh Valley)
American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walks


Berks County:
Date: Saturday, 09/23/17         Time: 8:30 -12:00 noon

Location: Grings Mill Recreation Area, 2083 Tulpehocken Rd, Reading, PA 19610 (
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Lehigh Valley Walk:
Date: Sunday, 10/01/17         Time: 8:30 -12:00 noon

Location: Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (
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Recent LVBCH Events

April 5, 2017 -- LVBCH Employer Forum
"Benefits Cost & Culture Strategies, What Your Business Needs to Know"

 

Date: Wednesday, 04/05/17         Time: 8:00 - 10:30 am
Registration begins at 8:00 am      Program begins at 8:25 am
Location:
PBS39/WLVT Public Media Center, 830 E. First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Click link for
Parking Instructions

Sponsored by
Univest Insurance
Featured Speakers: Bill Kaiser, Senior Consultant, High Performing Culture (HPC)
                              Kevin Davis, Senior Benefits Consultant, Univest Insurance
This event is for LVBCH EMPLOYER members only.
Registration Required - You must register to attend this event.  
Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door.
Invitations were sent via email in February 2017.
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Click to see the
Agenda
Click to see the
Slides from the Event

 

March 23, 2017 -- LVBCH Employer Forum
"Employee Stress: Their Struggle, Your Risk"

 

Date: Thursday, 03/23/17         Time: 8:00 - 10:30 am
Registration begins at 8:00 am      Program begins at 8:30 am
Location:
C.F. Martin & Company Guitar Factory, 510 Sycamore St., Nazareth, PA 18064 
Sponsored by
Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH)
Featured Speakers: Eric Gustafson, Psy.D. – SVP Clinical Quality Management, IBH
                                Joe Bosche – SVP Business Development, IBH
This event is for LVBCH EMPLOYER members only.
Registration Required - You must register to attend this event.  
Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door.
Invitations were sent via email in January 2017.
Registration deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017
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Get More Information and Register
Click to see the
Agenda
Click the following links to see slides from the event:
      
Slides: Joe Bosche
      
Slides: Eric Gustafson