Michael Evans, MD, Brings Cancer Services to Hazleton Area – VIDEO

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton’s newest physician brings a new service to the Hazleton, Pa., community: cancer care. Michael Evans, MD, is a hematologist oncologist who is board-certified in hematology and internal medicine. He’s now seeing patients at LVPG Hematology Oncology-Alliance Drive.

Evans recently was a guest on The Sam Lesante Show, when he spoke with the host about his approach to diagnosing and treating cancer. The television program is produced by SSPTV in Hazleton.

“I like to help people who really need a lot of help,” he said, adding that being a good listener, understanding people and being able to explain things to them are important strengths of a hematologist oncologist beyond understanding the disease and treatment options.

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Free Flu Shots Given to More Than 14,000 at Drive-Thru Clinics

flu clinic 2014Getting protected from influenza doesn’t get much easier than this. At this past weekend’s drive-through flu clinic at Dorney and Coca-Cola parks, children older than 6 months and adults were vaccinated without leaving the comfort of their cars — or even getting out their wallets. The wait was 30 minutes or less.

With the help of about 1,000 volunteers, Lehigh Valley Health Network gave free flu shots to 14,101 people during the event Saturday and Sunday: 7,291 at Dorney Park and 6,810 at Coca-Cola Park.

There was no charge for the vaccinations, but recipients were asked to donate nonperishable food for local shelters. Volunteers collected more than 18,000 pounds of food.

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Hazleton Pediatrician James Caggiano, MD, Discusses Mumps on FYI 13 News

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A suspected case of mumps at Drums Elementary/Middle School has brought awareness to the childhood condition. Recently, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) pediatrician James Caggiano, MD, who practices at the Hazleton Shopping Center, discussed what parents need to know about mumps on FYI News Channel 13.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus. Before the routine vaccination program was introduced in the United States, mumps was common in infants, children and young adults. Fortunately, most people have now been vaccinated, and mumps has become a rare disease in the U.S. The current two-dose childhood vaccination coverage reduced disease rates by 99 percent.

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Trick-or-Treat Tips: Protect Children With Food Allergies and Prevent Cavities

Later this week, children will don their costumes and candy bags for some trick-or-treat fun. And surely they’ll want to devour the Halloween candy they collect in the days (or hours) that follow.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) doctors encourage kids to enjoy their treats safely this holiday season. Two of them shared some helpful tips in the news media today.

Alvaro Reymunde, MD, an LVHN pediatrician in the Hazleton area, spoke to The Standard Speaker for an article about how to make trick-or-treating safe for children with food allergiesJacquline Owens, DMD, was featured on WFMZ-TV this morning about keeping healthy teeth while still enjoying sweets. Read More »

Ebola Readiness at Lehigh Valley Health Network: Education, Communication, Equipment, Practice

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Terry Burger, RN, demonstrated for WFMZ-TV how to put on personal protective equipment before having contact with a patient possibly infected with Ebola. Watch the video.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) colleagues are trained to respond should a case of Ebola appear in the area. They’ve already practiced protocols with a few patients who, fortunately, did not have Ebola.

LVHN has established a comprehensive network response using its incident command team structure. The response focuses on three messages, says Terry Burger, RN, director of infection control and prevention: early identification, isolation and communication.

The health network also has an ample supply of protective gear for clinicians caring for someone who might have Ebola, and those caregivers are taught how to properly put on and take off the personal protective equipment to avoid self-contamination, she says. She demonstrates how in this WFMZ-TV video report.

An emergency preparedness team of 10-15 employees across numerous departments is meeting regularly to ensure everyone is ready, she told lehighvalleylive.com for this report that published today. Read More »