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Carl J. Seitz, Jr. Named New LVBCH President

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) has selected Carl J. Seitz, Jr. as its new President.  Seitz, who has 30 years of management experience in non-profit healthcare, replaces Tom Croyle, who plans to retire on July 1.

“Carl was selected because of his extensive knowledge of healthcare, understanding of the insurance industry, and connections with employers in our community,” says LVBCH Chair Bob Johnston.  “The Board of Directors is confident that he will build on the excellent foundation laid by Tom Croyle and his other predecessors and lead the Coalition to the next level.”  

“I am honored to be selected the new LVBCH President,” Mr. Seitz says. “I have been a member of LVBCH’s Education and Wellness Committee for many years and am very familiar with the Coalition’s excellent work to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare for area businesses.  I look forward to working with the coalition’s partners and associates to develop new products and services that will grow the organization and better serve LVBCH employer members and our communities.”   

To read the entire news release, click here.

To read a LVB article about the news release, click here.

To read an Allentown Morning Call article, click here.


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




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

Recent LVBCH Events

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
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
Click links to Get More Information and Register
Clicks link to see the Agenda
and Additional Photos from the event


May 4, 2017 -- LVBCH 37th Annual Conference 

Date: Thursday, 5/4/17         Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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
Click links to 
Get More Information and Register
Click link to read the News Release about the event
Click link to access the event Program Book
Click the following links to access the slide presentations from the event:   
   - 2017: The Health Care Political & Market Landscape 
     by Robert Laszewski, Health Policy & Strategy Associates
   - Critical Thinking About Consolidation in Healthcare 
     by Lawton R. Burns, Ph.D., MBA, Wharton School, University of PA
   - How Coalitions are Working Together to Drive Innovation, Health and Value 
     by Mike Thompson, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
   - Capital BlueCross Hospital Quality Recognition Program 
     by Bridget Peck, MBA, RN, Capital BlueCross
   - Choosing Wisely®: Better Communication with your Doctor, Better Health Care Value
     by Mark Wendling, MD, Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization
   - Helping Employees Choose Wisely 
     by Dominic Lorusso, Consumer Reports

Click link to read an article in LVB about Lawton Burn's presentation at the Annual Conference:
    "Do mergers of hospitals boost costs, inefficiency?"


Upcoming LVBCH Events 

 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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