LVHN Tops Region for Heart Attack Care

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PHC4 report shows more people choose Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute 

Lehigh Valley, Pa. (August 18, 2023) – Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute is the regional leader and among the leaders in Pennsylvania when it comes to a life-saving procedure for heart attack patients and is highly ranked in other heart-related operations.

The recently released Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) Cardiac Procedures Report shows that together, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, in 2020 and 2021, used catheters to place stents to open blocked coronary arteries in heart attack patients 1,160 times.

In the procedure, known in medical terms as a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), interventional cardiologists use a catheter to place a stent to open a narrowed or blocked heart artery. The procedure is minimally invasive and avoids more aggressive open-heart bypass surgery.

“Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute consistently ranks among the best in the nation for heart attack survival, a credit to the dedication and expertise of everyone who cares for our patients,” says Ronald Freudenberger, MD, Physician In Chief, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute. “Performing at such a high volume, while maintaining great outcomes, is what every great heart and vascular program strives to do.”

The Heart and Vascular Institute also was tops in the region for the same procedure for patients without a heart attack and for cardiac bypass surgery.

The PHC4 report also included statistics on aortic valve replacements, both those done surgically and those accomplished through a minimally invasive method with a catheter, known as a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

For the less invasive TAVR, LVH–Cedar Crest was in the top 25 percent among 44 hospitals reporting the procedure, with 396 TAVR procedures in the study period. In the open-heart surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) procedure, LVH–Cedar Crest was fourth among 50 hospitals with 163 SAVR operations.

“These numbers show Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute continues to be one of the premier heart and vascular programs in the state, with a national reputation for excellence,” Dr. Freudenberger says. “It also demonstrates the amazing trust of so many people in the many communities we serve here in eastern Pennsylvania.”

Becker’s Hospital Review, a noted publication in the health care industry, recently named Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) as one of 100 hospitals or health systems in the country with a great heart program. In LVHN’s case, that’s the work of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) includes 13 hospital campuses, four in Allentown, two in Bethlehem, one in Easton, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton, two in Pottsville, one in Dickson City, and one in Lehighton, Pa.; 28 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s

only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children; burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center; and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer InstituteLehigh Valley Heart and Vascular InstituteLehigh Valley Institute for Surgical ExcellenceLehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance (MSK Cancer Alliance), an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the third largest children’s hospital in Pennsylvania, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics.  Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No. 1 hospital for 10 straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top 10 hospitals for 10 consecutive years and nationally ranked for Orthopedics in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the Lehigh Valley’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting or following us on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.


Information provided to TVL by:
Jamie L. Stover
Media Relations Specialist
Marketing & Public Affairs
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, PA 18105