Schuylkill Health and Lehigh Valley Health Network Sign Agreement to Merge

Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street

Access to expanded healthcare services, more advanced technology and more medical specialists available to the residents of Schuylkill County have taken a major step forward today. Schuylkill Health System (SHS) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced they have signed a definitive agreement to merge. The boards of directors of both organizations recently approved the agreement. The transaction is subject to the typical regulatory review associated with this type of transaction, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

“We are very excited about the future,” said Anthony Baran, chair, board of directors of SHS. “This agreement will shape health care delivery right here in our community for generations to come. It is something our community not only expects but deserves. Merging our two organizations will mean that Schuylkill County residents will have better local access to specialized services and physicians, sophisticated technology and the highest-quality clinical care in the region.” Read More »

Medical Students Share Emotional Reflections from Match Day 2016 – VIDEO

Pamela Kim and her fiancé, Daniel Myers, climbed the stage hand-in-hand last Friday inside the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown, their futures sealed in an envelope.

Both had completed their studies in SELECT – a medical school partnership between Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and the University of South Florida (USF) Health Morsani College of Medicine. Now Kim and Myers – along with 34 of their SELECT classmates and scores of family and friends – awaited word on where they’d spend their residency.

Together, they opened their envelopes while the audience held its collective breath.

“I’m doing my residency in neurological surgery at Allegheny General Hospital,” Myers said with excitement.

Then Kim’s nervous tears turned into happy ones. “I’m doing my residency in internal medicine,” she said, “also at Allegheny Medical Center.”

“It’s a fantastic program in a great city where there are a lot of opportunities for both of us,” Myers said. “There’s no better feeling than knowing we will be together.”

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LVHN Cancer Institute Named Second Member of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance – VIDEO

LVHN_MSK_LockUpVERTICALmsk with CI-tag OUTLINES (2)After more than two years of planning, the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Cancer Institute is now a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance. Representatives of both organizations made the announcement today during a news conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest.

Established in 2013, the MSK Cancer Alliance is a partnership between Memorial Sloan Kettering – the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center – and community oncology providers. Its goal is to bring the most current knowledge and advanced cancer care into the community setting. The LVHN Cancer Institute’s membership in the Alliance will enhance research capabilities at LVHN, allowing the health network to deliver world-class, research-based treatments directly to patients.

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Patient Feared Frozen to Death to Appear on The Doctors TV Show

DoctorsPromoPeople worldwide are amazed by the story of Justin Smith. The McAdoo man was found frozen solid, lying unconscious in a snow bank. He had been there overnight as temperatures plummeted to 4 degrees below zero. Thanks to incredible teamwork among first responders and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) caregivers in Hazleton and Allentown, Smith is alive today.

Smith’s story has been told by news outlets worldwide. Now, Smith and his LVHN caregivers will appear on the nationally syndicated TV show The Doctors. You can watch the episode on Tuesday, Feb. 9 on these stations:

  • WFMZ at 3 p.m.
  • KYW at 9 a.m.
  • WQMY at 10 a.m.

The episode also will be posted on The Doctors website the week after it airs.

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Justin Smith, Feared Frozen to Death, Returns to Thank Those Who Saved His Life


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Last February, Justin Smith of McAdoo was found frozen solid, lying unconscious in a snow bank on Tresckow Road, Carbon County. He had been there overnight as temperatures plummeted to 4 degrees below zero. He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing.

Amazingly – thanks to incredible teamwork among first responders and Lehigh Valley Health Network caregivers in both Hazleton and Allentown – Justin is alive today. On Monday (January 18), he visited both Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton and LVH–Cedar Crest to share his story and thank the people who made this medical miracle possible.

You can experience his remarkable story for yourself. Read More »