LVHN Gives Local Police Advanced Individual First Aid Kits and Training

Kuklinski, Otto, Wargo, Hendricks

Participants in a news conference Wednesday announcing the new IFAK were emergency medicine physician Jeff Kuklinski, DO; Deb Otto, director of donor resources for Miller-Keystone Blood Center; Mike Wargo, administrator for LVHN’s department of public safety and emergency operations; and Allentown Police Department officer Chris Hendricks.

Police chiefs and officers from Allentown, Bethlehem, South Whitehall Township and Salisbury Township gathered yesterday outside the Mattioli Trauma Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest to demonstrate a new tool that will enhance the safety of our community.

In the coming weeks, every police officer and tactical medic in those four areas will receive this tool – called an IFAK (individual first-aid kid) – courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Each IFAK, worn on an officer’s or medic’s belt or chest, includes a chest seal (for penetrating chest wounds), Israeli pressure bandage, QuikClot (to prevent hemorrhage) and a tourniquet (to stop bleeding).

“If we truly want to keep people healthy and safe, we have to give our first responders the tools they need to save not only their own lives, but potentially the lives of the people they are sworn to protect and serve,” says Mike Wargo, RN, administrator for LVHN’s department of public safety and emergency operations.

IFAKs can be used to assist an officer who needs care, to assist a fellow officer, or to help a civilian (or civilians) in a critical incident. In the case of a life-threatening incident, the tools inside the IFAK help to provide lifesaving care while providing extra time for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals to arrive on the scene.

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New Orthopedic Surgeon Peter Kozicky, MD, Interviewed on Sam Lesante Show

Peter Kozicky on Sam Lesante ShowOrthopedic surgeon Peter Kozicky, MD, likens his medical specialty to being the body’s carpenter. Kozicky is a new addition to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton staff, joining Joseph Horton, MD, at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton.

Kozicky, who has 30 years’ experience, was a guest this month on The Sam Lesante Show, which airs on SSPTV in Hazleton, Pa.

He specializes in joint replacement but said his team also includes physiatrists, occupational medicine experts and chiropractors.

“If it affects (your) quality of life, we can help you with that,” Kozicky says on the show, adding that surgery isn’t always the answer. “Sometimes they just need a good course of conditioning/therapy. Sometimes an injection will help.”

Get to know Kozicky by watching his interview with Lesante.

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.

Learn more about it in this article on

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.