Program Helps Pregnant Women Stay Smoke-Free Postpartum

Early results are promising that a program underway at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is helping women who quit smoking during their pregnancies to stay smoke-free postpartum.

Jeanine Ruiz told The Express-Times for a report published Sunday that she feels like a better mom since she’s kicked the habit. She says the Forever Free for Baby and Me booklets she received — 10 of them distributed over about 16 months — helped give her the extra support and information she needed.

LVHN is conducting a study about the effects of the anti-smoking literature. There are 60 women enrolled in the program, which lasts about two years because it tracks participants for a full year after their child’s birth. Seven women have completed the study so far.

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LVHN also offers a Tobacco Treatment Program for confidential help to quit smoking.

LVHN Provides Medical Care at Pocono Raceway


It takes a large team effort to provide high-quality medical care for the drivers and spectators coming to Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s NASCAR 400. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) works in partnership with Pocono Medical Center to handle everything from bumps and bruises to heart attacks and natural disasters.

Mike Wargo, LVHN’s administrator of emergency operations and public safety, told WNEP-TV the on-site medical team has even delivered a baby at the racetrack. Watch the video above. Read More »

Morning Call Article Previews LVHN-One City Center; Community Open House Set for Tuesday

LVH Flexes Its Muscle Morning Call A1Workers in hard hats at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) new downtown Allentown location will soon be replaced by athletes in their workout gear, according to an article in today’s Morning Call.

Writer Tim Darragh offers readers a sneak peek at LVHN-One City Center, located at Seventh and Hamilton streets. The new facility will include an LVHN Fitness location, sports performance program, rehabilitation services, a concussion program and occupational health. It’s designed for athletes, which could mean “amateur, professional, recreational – anyone active,” LVHN rehabilitation services director Jesse Schimmer tells Darragh.

The article also includes photos and a video featuring the new facility, which will officially open for business next Wednesday, July 16.

If you want to see LVHN-One City Center for yourself, you still have time to register for our Community Open House, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. Learn more about the open house, and call 610-402-CARE to register.

Get Medical Attention After ‘Near Drowning,’ ER Doctor Warns

Shawna Murphy, DO

Shawna Murphy, DO Emergency medicine

Drowning is among the leading causes of accidental death. In the event of a close call, or a “near drowning,” while you are grateful the incident was not fatal, it’s important to know it still could have serious health effects.

“Secondary drowning” describes the symptoms that result from having trouble breathing after inhaling water — even a small amount, says emergency medicine physician Shawna Murphy, DO, with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Murphy talked with local media about the dangers of secondary drowning to encourage people to seek medical attention after a near drowning, because about 20 percent of people who experience it could suffer a neurological deficit, she said.

Minutes or hours could pass between the incident and the time symptoms appear, Murphy told WFMZ-TV 69News. Watch the video below. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath,  coughing frequently, chest pain, fever and mood changes.

“Anything that makes you say, ‘Something is not right,’” she told The Express-Times/ for this report. “If anything changes, call 911.” Read More »

Retiring LVHN CEO Ron Swinfard, MD, Bids Farewell

Ron SwinfardRon Swinfard, MD, president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network, wrote the following column that published Monday in The Morning Call.

Not long ago, I received a thank you letter about one of my colleagues at Lehigh Valley Health Network. The letter is about a patient transporter, the people who take patients from one area of the hospital to another for any number of reasons. The patient who wrote the letter had to be taken from her room to the operating room for surgery.

As would be expected, she was nervous about the procedure and told her transporter. He assured her she would be fine and that she was in good hands. Then he went one step further. He told her he was going to wait outside until she was ready to be brought back to her room, just so she wouldn’t worry. That small gesture made all the difference for the patient. Sure, she was still worried, but she was more at ease knowing she would see a familiar face when her surgery was complete.

Since I came to Lehigh Valley Health Network in 2003, first as the chief medical officer and later as president and chief executive officer, I’ve heard thousands of stories like this. Read More »