LVHN Colleague of 65 Years Among Honorees at Annual Star Celebration

Each September, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) holds a Star Celebration gala to recognize the indispensable role colleagues play in fulfilling our mission to heal, comfort and care. It’s a chance to thank colleagues for their dedication and commitment to excellence.

Two types of success are celebrated at the event: longevity and service excellence. Below, read about an LVHN colleague who was honored for dedicating her 65-year (and counting) career to nursing education, and three others who have been furthering the network’s mission for 45 years.

Josephine Ritz, RN – 65 years

Josephine Ritz

Josephine Ritz

When The Allentown Hospital’s director of nursing visited Fountain Hill High School, she had excellent advice for Josephine Ritz, RN, who couldn’t decide if she wanted to be a nurse or teacher. “She said I should become a nurse, and if I did well, become a nursing instructor,” Ritz recalls. That’s exactly what she set out to do. Ritz graduated near the top of her class and at age 21, was named the night shift supervisor for the entire hospital.

Doing well as a nurse, she began working at the hospital’s School of Nursing while earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was an assistant instructor, instructor and curriculum coordinator before being named the school’s director in 1974. “That was my proudest moment,” she says. “I never expected to reach that goal.” Even today, education is her greatest passion.

Only a week after the school closed in 1988, she received a call from the hospital’s vice president of development asking if she would be interested in fundraising. Although Ritz didn’t know anything about fundraising, she knew many people who might be willing to offer support. On her third day at work, she secured a $10,000 gift. During her second week, she received another $10,000 donation. Read More »

50+ Wellness Expo Set for Saturday

50+ couplePreventing falls and maintaining fitness as you age are the primary topic at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s annual 50+ Wellness Expo slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Kasych Family Pavilion.

The expo also focuses on promoting better health in general and offers several health screening opportunities, such as blood pressure, balance and vision.  In addition, flu shots will be provided for free. Other features include raffles, giveaways and healthy snacks.

Call 610-402-CARE to register your attendance.

Guys: Fitness Improves Your Odds Against Cancer

Caution, Couch PotatoesWe’re heading into fall – prime season for endless hours of football and baseball. But would an incentive like reducing cancer risk get you (or your man) off the couch? Lehigh Valley Health Network hematologist oncologist Ashish Shah, DO, with Hematology Oncology Associates-Bethlehem wants you to know about a compelling study that shows how men can benefit from staying active.

The study, presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology 2013 annual conference, tracked the health of more than 17,000 men for 20 years. Starting at around age 50, men in the study took a treadmill fitness test to determine their baseline stamina. “Over the course of the study, the men who started out as the most fit cardiovascular-wise had the greatest risk reduction for developing lung cancer (68 percent less risk) and colon-rectal cancer (38 percent less risk) as compared to men who were couch potatoes,” Shah says.

In addition, the study found higher levels of cardiovascular fitness also improved survival rates for men who were diagnosed with cancer. Read More »

LVHN Gives Local Police Advanced Individual First Aid Kits and Training

Kuklinski, Otto, Wargo, Hendricks

Participants in a news conference Wednesday announcing the new IFAK were emergency medicine physician Jeff Kuklinski, DO; Deb Otto, director of donor resources for Miller-Keystone Blood Center; Mike Wargo, administrator for LVHN’s department of public safety and emergency operations; and Allentown Police Department officer Chris Hendricks.

Police chiefs and officers from Allentown, Bethlehem, South Whitehall Township and Salisbury Township gathered yesterday outside the Mattioli Trauma Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest to demonstrate a new tool that will enhance the safety of our community.

In the coming weeks, every police officer and tactical medic in those four areas will receive this tool – called an IFAK (individual first-aid kid) – courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Each IFAK, worn on an officer’s or medic’s belt or chest, includes a chest seal (for penetrating chest wounds), Israeli pressure bandage, QuikClot (to prevent hemorrhage) and a tourniquet (to stop bleeding).

“If we truly want to keep people healthy and safe, we have to give our first responders the tools they need to save not only their own lives, but potentially the lives of the people they are sworn to protect and serve,” says Mike Wargo, RN, administrator for LVHN’s department of public safety and emergency operations.

IFAKs can be used to assist an officer who needs care, to assist a fellow officer, or to help a civilian (or civilians) in a critical incident. In the case of a life-threatening incident, the tools inside the IFAK help to provide lifesaving care while providing extra time for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals to arrive on the scene.

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Introducing the Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg

Health & Wellness Center at MuhlenbergTo help people in and around Northampton County find the right place to get a workout and access important health services, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has officially renamed its location at 1770 Bathgate Road in Bethlehem. New signs are now hanging that introduce the Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg, located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Muhlenberg.

The Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg name showcases the variety of services available inside, including:

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