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 »

Olympic Cross-Country Skier Inspires Children With Diabetes at Camp Red Jacket

Kris Freeman and Robert McCauley at Camp Red Jacket

Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman, left, pauses for a photo with Lehigh Valley Health Network endocrinologist Robert McCauley, MD, at Camp Red Jacket.

Children with type 1 diabetes who are attending Camp Red Jacket this summer have learned they are not alone in managing their blood sugar. All of the campers there deal with it every day.

And sometimes, so do Olympians.

The 70 campers and counselors, between the ages of 6 and 18, met Kris Freeman on Thursday. The cross-country skier visited the camp in Orefield, Lehigh County, to share this message: he has learned how to keep his disease in check while pursuing his dream. Freeman has represented the United States in four Olympic games.

Camp Red Jacket is run by Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Helwig Health and Diabetes Center in partnership with the Loretti Fund.

Read coverage of Freeman’s visit in this article on, and see photos in The Morning Call’s gallery.

Knee Replacement Surgery Described by Orthopedic Surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, on Sam Lesante Show

Joseph Horton on Sam Lesante Show

Joseph Horton, MD, left, speaks with Sam Lesante about orthopedic medicine.

An orthopedic surgeon who is new to Lehigh Valley Health Network talks about knee replacement surgery on a local television program that’s available online.

Joseph Horton, MD, who sees patients at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, also provides general information about orthopedic medicine on The Sam Lesante Show, which airs on SSPTV in Hazleton, Pa. Horton tells Lesante during the interview that he has a special interest in sports medicine.

Watch the show online anytime.

It broadcasts again at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday.