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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Matt’s Half-Marathon Recap: Post-Race Euphoria

Matt Burns postraceWell, another race is under our belts. The Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon this past weekend was an outstanding event with great support and even greater weather. Of course, I was just as nervous as everyone else the day before when it was in the 90s and so humid you could cut the air with a knife. Thankfully, the storm came through and cleared the air just in time.

And I had a fantastic race, as did my colleague, Alyssa. I wanted to earn a personal best in the half-marathon of 1:45, or around there. I didn’t get it. But I did get a 1:49.16. Why am I so happy with that time even though I didn’t hit my goal? Because it was the fastest half-marathon I’ve run in more than four years. That’s a huge accomplishment for me, considering the time constraints of being a father of two awesome young girls. To put it in perspective, my last half-marathon was in late April and I didn’t even break two hours.

The race itself was fairly straightforward. The gun went off and it was a fast start down Main Street in Bethlehem and straight onto the Lehigh Canal Towpath. The sun blinded me a bit at first, but that soon went away as we ran deeper into the woods. I stuck to my race plan and kept a deliberately slower pace for the first few miles, but then I let myself get caught up in a group of runners who held together at a good clip for most of the rest of the way down to the finish. My last 2 miles weren’t as strong as I would have liked. I definitely started to slow up a bit. This was definitely a symptom of a lack of conditioning. On the other hand, I didn’t pass too many people, nor did too many people pass me. That tells me I was in a pretty even spot with the rest of the field, and while slower than I wanted to be, I was at least consistent. Read More »