Walk With Us This Saturday and Follow 277-year-old Footsteps

Walking-Purchase350If you enjoy outdoor exercise and exploring local history, don’t miss our 2-mile hike through Walking Purchase Park in Bethlehem at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. The park is named after a colonial-era marathon race that passed through the Lehigh Valley in 1737. The hike is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. At the same time, you’ll reap a number of physical and mental health benefits, including:

  • Weight control
  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced risk for a variety of diseases
  • Increased self-esteem

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‘Community Health Day’ Connects SELECT Medical Students With Allentown’s Neighborhoods, Community Service Agencies

SELECT-BlogCollaboration was the lesson for the day when 98 medical students from SELECT, a medical school partnership between Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and the University of South Florida (USF) Health Morsani College of Medicine, made downtown Allentown their classroom during a three-mile walking tour.

The Community Health Day, held late last month, familiarized students with downtown neighborhoods and area social service providers. Groups of students fanned out across the city to tour 11 agencies responsible for diverse issues such as infectious disease surveillance, nutrition, childhood obesity, child abuse, elder care and living with disabilities.

The tour helped students connect the dots between traditional health care and community services already in place. Awareness of these services can help future doctors deliver care at a lower cost. Read More »

Young Photographers Showcase Art at Pablove Shutterburgs Gallery Show – PHOTOS

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Young photographers battling cancer celebrated their collective works on Saturday, June 6 when Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s (LVH) pediatric hematology oncology department, in conjunction with the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project, presented the Pablove Foundation Shutterbugs Gallery Show at the Alternative Gallery in Allentown.  Read More »

Walk Where the Wild Things Are This Saturday

GOLVFresh air and exercise is always a great combination. It gets even better when you add in some wildlife views. You can do it all during a 1.5-mile walk through the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. At the same time, you’ll reap a number of physical and mental health benefits, including:

  • Weight control
  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced risk for a variety of diseases
  • Increased self-esteem

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LVHN’s Matt McCambridge, MD, Speaks to PA House of Representatives’ Health Committee About Quality and Patient Safety Improvements

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LVHN pulmonologist Matt McCambridge, MD (far left), is joined by Jan Fisher, COO of Susquehanna Health; HAP president Andy Carter; Pennsylvania state Rep. and House Health Committee chair Matt Baker; Gary Welch, vice president of quality with Aria Health System; and Michael Consuelos, MD, with HAP.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) pulmonologist Matt McCambridge, MD, was among the invited guests Wednesday (June 3) inside Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives in Harrisburg. There, McCambridge joined a panel of health care experts arranged by the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) regarding the work hospitals throughout the commonwealth have done to improve quality.

McCambridge, who serves as LVHN’s medical director for quality and patient safety, spoke to the House Health Committee about steps taken at LVHN to reduce pressure ulcers and other hospital-acquired conditions. “LVHN remains fully committed to improving quality care and lowering the incidence of hospital-acquired infections,” McCambridge told the committee. Speakers from other Pennsylvania hospitals addressed additional quality topics before the House Health Committee as well. Read More »