MedEvac Facts: Learn Helicopter’s Speed, Fuel Consumption and More

MedEvac Hazleton

MedEvac sits on the helipad outside Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

When the whirring of a helicopter’s rotor blades cuts through the air overhead, necks crane skyward. Whether or not you’re a helicopter enthusiast, there’s something intriguing about watching MedEvac fly.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)-MedEvac provides air and ground transportation for critically ill and injured patients in northeast Pennsylvania.

Did you know MedEvac’s average cruising speed is 120 miles per hour, and the helicopter uses a gallon of fuel per minute? Read More »

Sports Cardiology Program Helps Athletes Identify, Manage Heart Conditions

Matthew Martinez, MD

Matthew Martinez, MD
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Reports of young athletes dying suddenly due to heart failure can be shocking. A program at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) aims to prevent an unexpected heart problem from becoming fatal.

LVHN cardiologist Matthew Martinez, MD, with LVPG Cardiology, heads the network’s sports cardiology program that evaluates and tests athletes with symptoms of heart disease. It also provides consultation on nutrition and training to help those athletes stay active.

A report that published on the front page of Sunday’s Express-Times and on cites the sports cardiology program as one way better awareness is improving players’ safety. Providing defibrillators at school and training staff on how to use them is another way. Read More »

Transplant Surgeon Explains Donating, Receiving Kidneys on Sam Lesante Show – VIDEO

The average wait time for a kidney transplant is four years in Pennsylvania, unless a living donor offers his or her kidney to a specific recipient – then the beneficiary need not wait in line.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) transplant surgeon Michael Moritz, MD, shares facts like these as he explains the process, criteria and statistics about kidney donation during an interview on the Sam Lesante Show, being broadcast now on SSPTV and available online. Watch it here.

The team at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest performs kidney transplants for people on dialysis or progressing toward the need for dialysis, and also performs pancreas transplants for people with type 1 diabetes. Recipients can receive organs from deceased or living donors. Both the donor and recipient must meet nationally established criteria and compatibility measures.

“Our focus [is] on transplanting as many patients as possible. We consider ourselves to be very liberal in donor selection and recipient selection,” Moritz says. “We’re looking for people who can benefit.” Read More »

LVH-Hazleton Experts Discuss Knee Pain Treatment on Sam Lesante Show – VIDEO

If knee pain has been nagging you, there’s no need to keep suffering. Three of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton’s experts in knee pain joined television host Sam Lesante this month to describe causes and treatment options. The program is broadcast on SSPTV, and the video is available online. Watch it here.

Donald Miller, PA-C, with Lehigh Valley Physician Group Orthopedics – Health & Wellness Center, and physical therapist Ashley Schartzer explain the importance of strengthening the muscles around your knee to prevent and treat problems. They describe therapy and other non-surgical methods that often provide an alternative to surgery.

Catherine Gallagher, manager of rehabilitation services at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, describes how the state-of-the-art facility is a one-stop shop for orthopedic needs because of the proximity and cooperation of the team of therapists, physicians, imaging technicians and other care providers and support staff. Read More »

Family Celebrates Son’s Recovery Thanks to Donated Technology in LVH-Cedar Crest NICU

A local family is celebrating two years of life with their precious son thanks to life-saving technology another family donated to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).

Liam Nagy suffered a brain injury at birth and had a 50/50 chance of survival, his mother, Jeanine, told WFMZ-TV. But after his head was placed in a cooling cap in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Cedar Crest, Liam recovered and is now a perfectly healthy 2-year-old.

The non-invasive treatment that reduces brain damage and improves an infant’s chance of survival was donated by the family behind Lauren’s Hope Foundation, a non-profit formed after Lauren Flood died in 2007 at age 4 due to blood deprivation that injured her brain at birth.

Lauren Flood’s mother, Ann, says children like Liam will carry on Lauren’s legacy forever. Read More »