Alliance Medical Group is now Lehigh Valley Physician Group-Hazleton

Alliance Medical Group, a medical and surgical service network that has been represented by more than 40 leading physicians and advanced care professionals in 21 practice sites in northeast Pennsylvania, is now officially known as Lehigh Valley Physician Group—Hazleton.

The name change is the latest step since Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) merged with the former Greater Hazleton Health Alliance in January. Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) has been a not-for-profit subsidiary of LVHN serving the Allentown and Bethlehem areas since it was founded in 1993.

“Lehigh Valley Physician Group—Hazleton unites the resources of Lehigh Valley Hospital—Hazleton and the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton in order to ensure we can provide the highest quality health care to all the communities we serve,” says John Fletcher, president, Lehigh Valley Hospital—Hazleton. “Our providers will have access to the most up-to-date health information on their patients whether they’re seen at the office, in the hospital or at the Health & Wellness Center. That’s a great benefit when it comes to effective management of a patient’s medical conditions.” Read More »

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Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force Encourages Safe Driving This Holiday Season

DUI task force at Northampton Community College

A Northampton Community College student tries to walk a straight line while wearing goggles simulating intoxication during a DUI task force event Friday.

Statistics show the Thanksgiving holiday period is the most dangerous of all the major holidays on the roads. There were more crashes and alcohol-related crashes during this time in 2013 in Pennsylvania than there were during any other holiday.

That’s why the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force, which includes representatives from Lehigh Valley Health Network, places an even greater emphasis on safety measures during this observance. These include avoiding drinking and driving and underage drinking, wearing seat belts, traveling at a safe and legal speed, and eliminating distractions like texting while driving.

The task force took these messages to students at Northampton Community College on Friday, Nov. 21, as part of the state’s Operation Safe Holiday effort. Students heard from task force members about the consequences of making poor choices, tested their knowledge about the dangers of alcohol through an alcohol IQ quiz, and participated in a simulated DUI checkpoint by walking a straight line while wearing goggles that simulate different levels of intoxication.

As part of Operation Safe Holiday from Nov. 21 through New Year’s Day, police will use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to focus on impaired, aggressive and unbuckled motorists.

It’s Infectious: Flash Mob at Flu Shot Clinic Gives Hospital Employees Shot at Love – VIDEO and PHOTOS

Tia Reisenwitz has known Price Burger – and his flair for fun – for years. But when a flash mob at the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) outdoor flu shot clinic on Nov. 8 started dancing to “Marry You,” the flu shot clinic volunteer wasn’t sure what was happening…until Lil Jon started playing. Then she knew Burger’s favorite song, plus the dancers, plus the crowd of friends and family, plus her tuxedo-clad boyfriend were all meant for her…and they wanted to know an answer to a big question. Did she say yes?

Picking the location was a no-brainer for Burger. His mom, Terry Burger, RN, is LVHN’s director of infection control and prevention, and everyone – family, friends and even girlfriends – is expected to help out at the event that provides flu shots to more than 14,000 people over the span of two days. Read More »

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms Ticketholders Saturday Get Free Prostate Exam

Angelo Baccala, MD

Angelo Baccala, MD
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This takes Movember to a whole new level.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) are going above and beyond growing facial hair to raise awareness of men’s health issues. They’re encouraging men to take charge of their prostate health — by getting a screening.

free screening.

Any man who has a ticket to Saturday’s Phantoms home game against the St. John’s IceCaps at PPL Center can get a free prostate exam on Nov. 25 or Dec. 1 at Lehigh Valley Urology Specialty Care.

“Movember is a great way to increase awareness of men’s health issues, but it also requires action,” says LVHN urologist Angelo Baccala, MD. “In the week following the game, we will make our practices in Allentown and Bethlehem available to provide these free screenings. Men just need to bring their ticket stub from the game.” Read More »

Get Tips to Avoid Gaining the ‘Holiday 5’ in November-December Healthy You Hazleton Magazine

Healthy You Hazleton Nov Dec 2014The holidays are filled with parties. Unfortunately for our waistlines, those parties mean lots of high-calorie, high-carbohydrate cookies, cakes and treats. Learn how to avoid gaining the dreaded “Holiday 5” and still enjoy some of those yummy goodies in the November-December Healthy You Hazleton magazine.

The latest issue of our bimonthly wellness magazine for people in northeastern Pennsylvania also includes 10 pages of helpful tips and information. Read on for:

  • Ways to take charge of heart disease
  • Help in deciding if the time is right for a hip replacement
  • Advice in providing normalcy to a child with cancer

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