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STROUDSBURG, PA  August 17, 2020 – St. Luke’s Monroe Campus earned a 2020 Achievement Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for its outstanding effort to improve health care in the communities it serves.
The Monroe Campus entry, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up … Preventing Inpatient Falls,” was chosen as an “In Safe Hands” award winner. Twelve projects across four categories were selected from 131 submissions. Winners were chosen for their exceptional work and innovation in community health projects, quality improvement efforts and operational efficiencies.
Patient falls are a challenge within many healthcare facilities. The 2017 baseline fall rate for St. Luke’s Monroe Campus was 3.34 per 1000 patient days.  Monroe Campus senior level administration supported the formation of a multi-disciplinary team to address improvements for this patient safety care focus. The team developed an aim statement of reducing inpatient falls to a rate lower than Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Benchmark of 3.21 per 1000 patient days by June 2018. The campus’ fall rate declined 55 percent over this three-year period, dropping to 1.49 falls per 1,000 patient days from 3.34 falls per 1,000 patient days.
“We are extremely proud of the superior teamwork and patient care provided to our patients each and every day at the Monroe Campus,” said Don Seiple, President of St. Luke’s Monroe Campus. “This award acknowledges our continued commitment and focus on patient safety, as well as our team’s unwavering goal of improving the health and wellbeing of the patients we serve.”
Entries were evaluated by a 16-judge panel. The panelists, drawn from Pennsylvania and across the nation, represented the public and private sectors, business organizations, consumer groups and renowned health care quality institutes.
“Especially in light of the extraordinary challenges that COVID-19 has presented Pennsylvania hospital communities, we are pleased to honor these recipients of the 2020 HAP Achievement Awards,” said Andy Carter, HAP’s president and chief executive officer.
“These outstanding projects demonstrate the tireless commitment to excellence that Pennsylvania hospital communities embody each and every day. We congratulate these winners for their accomplishments.”
The St. Luke’s Monroe Campus winning team will be recognized at HAP’s 2020 Patient Safety and Quality Symposium, which will be held virtually September 9–10.
HAP’s Achievement Awards program has recognized Pennsylvania hospital excellence since 1978.
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HAP is a statewide membership services association that represents nearly 240 organizations, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at
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 to earn 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.  U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Luke’s #1 in the Lehigh Valley and #6 in the state.  Two of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals are 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.

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