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St. Luke’s receives statewide achievement award


St. Luke’s University Health Network has received an Achievement Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

The award, in the large division of the Community Champions category, honored St. Luke’s for its project titled Utilizing Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Initiatives to Improve Food Access and Address Health Equity for Underserved Communities.

St. Luke’s Department of Community Health addressed food access in various ways including hosting new food distribution programs such as on-site pantries, mobile food distribution, emergency food bags, boxes and meals. Additionally, the initiative provides referrals to existing food bank programs, food pantries and connections to SNAP, WIC and other food programs.

St. Luke’s was one of 13 health systems and hospitals in Pennsylvania – and the only one in the Lehigh Valley – recognized by HAP through its 2024 Achievement Awards.

St. Luke’s competed against organizations of a similar size for the Community Champions award, which celebrates hospitals’ and health systems’ efforts to improve community health and access to care, advance health equity, and advocate for the health of our community and patients. In total, there were 93 entries for this year’s Achievement Awards.

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