Nearly 12,000 People Receive Free Flu Shots at Drive-Through Clinic; 7.5 Tons of Food Collected

FluNearly 12,000 people throughout the Lehigh Valley took a giant step to protect their health this weekend. And they didn’t even have to leave their car.

The annual Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) drive-through flu campaign at Allentown’s Dorney and Coca-Cola Parks saw 11,558 adults and children (6 months and older) get vaccinated to protect themselves from influenza. With the help from 735 volunteers, 5,879 flu vaccines were distributed at Dorney Park on Saturday, with another 5,679 distributed at Coca-Cola Park on Sunday. Wait times were well under 30 minutes. Read More »

Dietitian Speaks to The Morning Call about WHO Cancer Risk Warning for Processed Meats

PigIf you like bacon and hot dogs, you’ve probably seen the news. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that processed meats increase the risk for colon-rectal cancer.

In a nutshell, the warning means eating bacon, hot dogs, sausage and processed deli meats are now in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking and asbestos.  Additionally, eating red meat, such as beef, pork, veal and lamb, constitutes a “probable” cancer risk, or a category below processed meats. These findings were released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the agency that establishes such classifications for the WHO. But that agency also cautions that although processed meats are in the same cancer risk category as smoking, that doesn’t automatically mean they are equally dangerous.

Confused? Erin Levine, Sodexo registered dietitian with Lehigh Valley Health Network, addressed concerns about health and diet in light of these revelations in a Q&A article for The Morning Call. Read More »

Breast Surgeon Lori Alfonse, DO, Explains New Mammogram Guidelines on WFMZ-TV 69 News – VIDEO

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The American Cancer Society released new guidelines for breast cancer screenings, and some of them are surprising. The guidelines state that women of average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammograms at age 45 instead of age 40, and that women over age 55 should be screened every other year.

In response to the new guidelines, WFMZ-TV 69 News reporter Keleigh Gibbs spoke with LVHN’s Lori Alfonse, DO, with LVPG Surgical Oncology–1240 Cedar Crest. In the interview, Alfonse stressed that the guidelines cover only a small group of women. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton Accredited as a Level IV Trauma Center

HazletonLevel IV Trauma Center Accreditation status has been granted to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton  by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) effective Nov. 1, 2015.

The PTSF is a non-profit corporation recognized by the Emergency Medical Services Act (Act 1985-45). The PTSF is the organization responsible for accrediting trauma centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network Now Available To 3,700 Area Humana Members

Humana_logoLehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, have reached an agreement that provides Humana members in-network access to LVHN hospitals, physicians and clinics throughout the Lehigh Valley and in the Hazleton region.

The new network agreement, effective today, includes all Humana’s Medicare Advantage plans.  Humana membership has grown in the Lehigh Valley and Hazleton areas in recent years, now including more than 3,700 members. Read More »