Heads Up for Winter

It's snow fun to slip-n-slideAs you and your friends or family head out to enjoy activities during the winter season, it’s important to use your head – or more specifically, protect it. That’s the message Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) trauma and critical care surgeon Rovinder (Bob) Sandhu, MD, with Surgical Specialists of the Lehigh Valley – Allentown, wants to share. “In my line of work, I care for patients who have suffered some type of catastrophic injury,” he says. “While we can help restore many people to ‘near normal’ after they’ve sustained a serious injury, one of the most troubling injuries we encounter is a head injury.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In 2010 alone, 2.2 million people nationwide sought emergency care for TBI. This type of injury includes bumps, jolts or blows to the head or an injury that penetrates the skull. While TBI symptoms may eventually go away, this type of injury also may cause long-term damage, including memory or thinking impairment, personality change, or loss of vision or hearing.

Falling is the leading cause of head injuries. “Nationwide, falls are responsible for more than 40 percent of TBI emergencies, a rate of injury we also see here,” Sandhu says.

While falls are a year-round problem, during the winter you may encounter situations that put you at higher risk for a fall – and that’s where your advance awareness and preparation comes into play. Read More »

Need Health Insurance? Learn How to Get It

If you are uninsured or underinsured, or know someone who is, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) wants to help you get the quality, affordable health care coverage you deserve. We can help by telling you about Healthy PA and helping you enroll in this new state plan.

Healthy PA reforms Medicaid and creates a new private coverage option (PCO) for more than 600,000 eligible Pennsylvanians between the ages of 21 and 64. Many people who previously did not qualify for Medicaid may now qualify for Healthy PA.

LVHN is educating people about Healthy PA by hosting free Healthy PA information sessions where people can learn about the plan and enroll. Read More »

Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD, Takes Child Advocacy to a New Level at Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital

Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD, has devoted her medical career to what she calls “the most vulnerable children in America” – the victims of child abuse. Last summer, she brought that career passion to Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital to work for child advocacy in the Children’s Clinic at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street.

“From the time I got involved with child abuse victims early on in my career, I felt that these were children who needed a voice,” Esernio-Jenssen says.  “A child has cancer or pneumonia or a broken bone, everybody wants to do something to help.  But with child abuse, the common reaction is that people don’t want to believe it’s happening. That mindset is the single biggest obstacle we face.”

Esernio-Jenssen is the medical expert on the team of multidisciplinary professionals who advocate for children and provide education about child abuse at the Child Advocacy Center. Future plans for the Child Advocacy Center include locating the entire child abuse team at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th StreetRead More »

Are You a Nurse With (or Getting) a BSN Degree? Consider LVHN

Alyssa BruchkoAdvanced education in nursing is becoming more critical in helping to shape the future of the health care industry. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), the only Magnet® recognized hospital in the Lehigh Valley, is looking for nurses who have earned or are about to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, nurses who would enjoy working in a collaborative and collegial environment while providing outstanding care to our community.

If you are a junior or senior currently enrolled in a BSN program, you may attend an upcoming Graduate Nurse Recruitment Event, an information-and-interview opportunity to learn why LVHN is a great career move for you.

Learn about our Graduate Nurse Residency Program and the exciting opportunities for growth both professionally and personally that LVHN can offer. Hear about our commitment to advancing technology. Tour our state-of-the art facility that has made Lehigh Valley Hospital one of the nation’s top hospitals for the last 19 years as recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Read More »

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