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 »

Ninth Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Honor Burn Heroes and Survivors

Residents from northern and northeastern Pennsylvania were honored for acts of heroism or commitment to burn education last night at the ninth annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration held at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

The program was started locally by the Burn Prevention Network in partnership with Valley Preferred and Lehigh Valley Health Network to recognize people who go “above and beyond” to perform a heroic act to save someone from burn deaths or injury. Valley Preferred, a provider-owned, preferred provider organization, is sponsoring the program to raise public awareness regarding burn safety and prevention.

“Valley Preferred is honored to join in the efforts to recognize first responders for their acts of courage, as well as support ongoing programs promoting fire safety and burn prevention education,” says Valley Preferred executive director Jack Lenhart, MD. “The lifesaving efforts of first responders and burn prevention education are two of the most meaningful ways to protect the health of families here in our community.” Read More »

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Pediatrician Alvaro Reymunde, MD, Explains Febrile Seizures on Sam Lesante Show

If your child has a fever and has a seizure, do you know what to do — and what not to do? During a recent interview on the Sam Lesante Show, Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatrician Alvaro Reymunde, MD, discussed the symptoms of febrile seizures and how to react when your child has one.

Reymunde is new to the health network. He, his wife and his twin boys recently moved to Hazleton from Puerto Rico, where he was born and raised. Reymunde, whose father is a gastroenterologist, earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and went to medical school in Mexico. He completed his training in New York and in Puerto Rico.

Reymunde is looking forward to offering pediatric health care services for Spanish-speaking families in the Hazleton area.

His interview will be airing on the Sam Lesante Show on channel 13 throughout October — or watch it online anytime.

LVHN ALS Care Team’s Work Featured on PBS39 Program – VIDEO

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Watch a video to learn more about him.

Many continue to wonder how the simple act of pouring a bucket of ice water over one’s head became so popular that, to date, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $113 million for the ALS Association. ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis and eventually respiratory failure.

PBS39 (WLVT-TV), the Lehigh Valley’s public television station, delves into the remarkable success of the social media campaign that became the rage to support ALS care and research with its report on a patient’s visit to a Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) ALS office clinic. The program aired on Sept. 26, but if you missed it, you can watch it online.

The report features a local woman who three years ago was diagnosed with familial ALS, a very rare form that runs in families. Hear how her life has changed during those three years and how members of LVHN’s ALS team, including neurologist Glenn Mackin, MD, with Lehigh Neurology, are working with her and dozens of other ALS patients to maintain their quality of life as they struggle through a debilitating disease for which there is no treatment or cure.

The ALS story is the first segment in this episode of PBS’ “Focus” program. Watch it below. Read More »

Clinical Trials Help Current, Future Patients; Learn More About Breast Cancer Treatment at ‘I Pink I Can’ Tonight

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Patients Mary Fries of Northampton, Pa., and Liz Wilensky of Stewartsville, N.J., talk with Pat Shearburn, administrator of oncology services at Lehigh Valley Health Network during a media event at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem.

Finding the best regimen of medication and treatment options to fight a disease like cancer takes a lot of time and research. Doctors aren’t alone in this quest to find what’s most effective at improving their patients’ quality of life — and patients can help too.

On Wednesday, women with breast cancer who are participating in clinical trials at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) spoke at an event to explain why they’re willing to try experimental treatments, such as one that’s testing whether the new drug LEE011 can improve the effectiveness of letrozole, an endocrine therapy that postpones the need for chemotherapy.

LVHN hematologist oncologist Ranju Gupta, MD, with Hematology-Oncology Associates said clinical trials give people an opportunity to try new things that can deliver results and make them feel better. If a trial doesn’t deliver the anticipated results, learning what doesn’t work also is helpful to future patients.

At 6 tonight, three oncology specialists will speak about the latest advancements and techniques for fighting breast cancer during a free event called I Pink I Can. Join us to learn about diagnostic tools, treatment options and clinical trials — as well as a light dinner and a chance to win prizes. The presentation beings at 6:30 p.m. Call 610-402-CARE to register. Read More »