Students Raise Funds for LVHN Cancer Patients in Need

Youth present Prager Fund donationPatients receiving cancer care at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) who are in need of covering non-medical expenses received a big boost recently from area youth.

In late January, students from Salisbury Middle School’s Interact Club held their annual Dance-A-Thon and raised more than $5,000. Around the same time, the Senior High Youth Group from New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Tripoli held a “Big Hair Event.” The group collected 87 ponytails for hair donation to Locks of Love, along with $2,300 in cash donations.

Continuing an annual tradition, both groups donated funds raised to LVHN’s David Prager Patient Assistance Fund.   Read More »

Santa Even Remembers the Children Who Are Too Sick to Go Home

ToysSanta Claus came a bit early at the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital today. Since there is no true chimney to bustle down at the hospital, he dropped off all of the toys for the children who won’t be going home for the holidays. His gifts ended up with all the other donations that the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities have donated to the Children’s Hospital in recent months. An incredible amount of toys, dolls, arts and crafts lined the walls and stuffed the center of the room at Santa’s Workshop. Families of the inpatient pediatric unit came down from the unit to pick out gifts for their sick children and even their siblings.

“Having a loved one in the hospital is challenging for families even at the best of times,” says child life specialist Vanessa Gramm. “With the added holiday frustrations, this is a way for our families to not have to worry about providing the gifts themselves. They have enough to worry about. It just takes the pressure off.”

Breast Cancer Awareness, Events for Children Set for Saturday at Lehigh Valley Mall

Kidsville News Fun Festival 2014If you’re planning to start your holiday shopping ritual at the Lehigh Valley Mall, this Saturday, Oct. 18, might be an ideal time to do so. The popular shopping destination will host a pair of health-related promotions, both courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).

The first event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. is all about children. Representatives from Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Kidsville News – a fun, family-focused newspaper for school-aged children – will provide free activities and entertainment for kids of all ages. Read More »

Ninth Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Honor Burn Heroes and Survivors

Residents from northern and northeastern Pennsylvania were honored for acts of heroism or commitment to burn education last night at the ninth annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration held at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

The program was started locally by the Burn Prevention Network in partnership with Valley Preferred and Lehigh Valley Health Network to recognize people who go “above and beyond” to perform a heroic act to save someone from burn deaths or injury. Valley Preferred, a provider-owned, preferred provider organization, is sponsoring the program to raise public awareness regarding burn safety and prevention.

“Valley Preferred is honored to join in the efforts to recognize first responders for their acts of courage, as well as support ongoing programs promoting fire safety and burn prevention education,” says Valley Preferred executive director Jack Lenhart, MD. “The lifesaving efforts of first responders and burn prevention education are two of the most meaningful ways to protect the health of families here in our community.” Read More »

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Lehigh County District Attorney, Salisbury Township Police Chief Help LVHN Unveil New Unused Medication Drop-Box

MedReturn boxIf you have unused medications sitting in your medicine cabinet, you have few options for disposing of them properly. Because of the compounds and heavy metals found in many prescription pills, it is unsafe to simply flush them down the toilet. In recent years, researchers have found these compounds in our nation’s waterways, which are creating an environmental disaster. It’s also equally unsafe to throw away your unused medications with the trash because of the potential for abuse.

Recognizing the need for more ways to properly dispose of leftover medications that would protect the environment and limit abuse opportunities, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen Stiles received a grant to bring a drop-box to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The new box is located at Health Spectrum Pharmacy in the Jaindl Family Pavilion.

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