Wednesday
January 4, 2017

LVHN, former Pocono Health System celebrate merger

EAST STROUDSBURG – Citing partnerships with Pocono Health System for trauma care, radiation oncology and community safety that already gave Lehigh Valley Health Network a presence in the Poconos community, LVHN President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Nester, said it is now time for the health network to become a permanent resident in the region.


Former Pocono Medical Center now Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono

Nester spoke Tuesday during a celebration of the approved merger of LVHN and PHS, which was announced last week and took effect Jan. 1. As part of the merger, the former Pocono Medical Center, where the announcement was made, became Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono (LVH-Pocono) Jan. 1.

“Our organizations came together to ensure people receive the quality health care they expect and deserve right here in the Poconos,” Nester said. “We are committed to further investing in services such as obstetrics, surgery, cardiology, neurology, stroke care, orthopedics and others that make LVH–Pocono the region’s only full-service hospital.”

Nester said the integration of the two organizations will take time. He said LVHN will build upon the strong foundation of health care excellence established at PHS with a multi-year plan to grow services, improve technology and recruit more physicians to the region.

In addition to formally announcing that the merger was official, Nester also introduced Elizabeth Wise, RN, who served as Pocono’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, as Acting President of LVH–Pocono. 

Nester pointed to Wise’s career progression starting as a nurse, then a nurse manager and joining PMS in 2014 as COO and CNO. Nester said Wise helped expand numerous services, empowered nurses to participate in decision-making, and furthered Pocono’s reputation as a provider of high-quality care demonstrated by its recognition from Healthgrades for Patient Safety Excellence and a 4-star rating from Medicare, among other accolades.

Lehigh Valley Health Network now includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 16 health centers caring for communities in five counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. 


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