LVHN Honors Cetronia Ambulance Corps with Founders Way Garden

IMGP6274 WilmerMcNabbCetroniaEventA tear came to the eye of Wilmer McNabb, the last surviving founder of Cetronia Ambulance Corps, as he spoke Tuesday morning (May 24) at the dedication of the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Founders Way, a special garden area created by LVHN to recognize Cetronia’s history.

“I’m amazed to see what Cetronia has become,” says McNabb, who joined 19 other volunteer residents in 1955 answering emergency calls with a single Buick station wagon. Today, Cetronia has 140 full- and part-time career associates and 25 active volunteers answering calls every day using a fleet of 41 vehicles. “It’s very moving to know I was part of its creation,” McNabb says.

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Turkey Legs Help LVHN Take a ‘Fresh’ Look at Robotic Surgery Training

turkey-legYou’ll find it in sandwiches, soups, stews, and even bacon and hot dogs. And of course, it’s been a Thanksgiving staple for years. But if you think we’ve run out of new ways to use turkey, don’t expect the robotic surgery team at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to agree.

Due to its expertise and high patient volume (more than 6,000 robotics cases), LVHN was one of 14 institutions across the United States and Europe selected to participate in a research study to evaluate robotic surgery training methods. Current methods include a variety of virtual reality simulators as well as synthetic tissue substitutes such as rubber, latex and foam. The study sought to determine if one method is clearly superior and a worthy industry standard. The study team’s biggest challenge was objectively measuring baseline surgical skill – without using an existing training material. The solution? Turkey legs.

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Friends of Nursing Awards Kick-off National Nurses Week at LVHN

2016 Friends of Nursing Celebration

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National Nurses Week kicked off in style at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN’s) annual Friends of Nursing event held on Thursday (May 5) at Bethlehem’s SteelStacks.

For more than 25 years, the Friends of Nursing program has honored LVHN nursing colleagues and other health care professionals for the exceptional care they provide patients and the community. A rigorous application and interview process determines the award recipients. The program awards funding that colleagues may use for continuing education, professional development or nurse-led research that enhances patient care.

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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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