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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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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