Rehabilitation Services Opens Fifth Bethlehem Location

Rehabilitation locations in Bethlehem map

The large logo in the bottom left corner of the map shows the location of the newest of five LVHN rehabilitation services facilities in Bethlehem.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has opened its fifth rehabilitation services facility in Bethlehem. The newest location is at 529 W. Broad St., two blocks from the medical office building at 325 W. Broad St. that opened in October 2013.

“With rehab, you need a lot of locations,” Kelly Shak, LVHN’s administrator of rehabilitation services, told The Express-Times/ for this report. “It’s to provide the convenient access to our community.”

Services in the new facility, the former Bethlehem Gallery of Floors building, include:

  • General physical therapy
  • Orthopedics and sports rehabilitation
  • Back and neck
  • Gait dysfunction
  • Balance and fall risk
  • Women’s health

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Grant Funds Virtual Reality, Simulation Tools for Training LVHN Staff

virtual training

LVHN staff do a virtual reality training exercise simulating a patient suffering chest pain while at a doctor’s office.

Video games and make-believe aren’t just for kids. They also help Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) staff prepare for responding to serious medical scenarios.

A nearly $9 million grant from the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust is funding training that uses high-tech educational tools such as virtual reality and gaming in a realistic simulation center where providers can hone their skills.

For example, providers can learn how to put on and remove protective equipment to care for a patient suspected to have an infectious disease like Ebola, respond if a patient has a heart attack and execute emergency surgery.

The four-year grant, the largest in the trust’s history, benefits LVHN’s Department of Education, and ultimately, its patients.

“True to Leonard Pool’s mission, the ultimate beneficiaries will be the citizens of the region,” Pool Trust executive director Edward Meehan told The Morning Call. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest Welcomes Region’s First Baby of 2015

Javan, Rebecca and Noah Small

Javan and Rebecca Small hold their sleeping son, the region’s first baby born in 2015.

On one hand, you could say Noah Patrick Small made his grand entrance early. His mother’s due date was still three weeks away when he was born 12:35 a.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

On the other hand, you could consider him late — Mom Rebecca Small was hoping when labor was induced Wednesday he would born on New Year’s Eve, the day of her grandparents’ wedding anniversary. Read More »

Influenza Cases Triple; Experts Urge Getting Flu Shot Despite Imperfect Match

The number of people in our region who are sick with influenza tripled last week, including outbreaks among residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) infection control experts.

That’s in part because this year’s flu vaccine does not protect against the particular strain of the flu that has been circulating most prominently this winter. The virus’ genes mutate quickly, so the vaccine is not always a complete match.

“Nevertheless, we absolutely endorse getting a flu shot, because at the very least it gives you partial protection,” Terry Burger, RN, LVHN’s director of infection control and prevention, told WFMZ-TV 69News for this report. (Watch the video below.)

It’s not too late to get vaccinated. The most flu cases are reported during February; December typically is the second-worst flu month, says LVHN infectious disease specialist Luther Rhodes, MD, with Lehigh Valley Infectious Diseases Specialists. Read More »

Hazleton Has Full-Service Orthopedic Care, Says Surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, on Sam Lesante Show – VIDEO

Hazleton-area residents don’t need to travel to get treatment for issues with their bones and joints. That’s the message board-certified orthopedic surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, shared during a recent interview with Sam Lesante, the host of a local television show that broadcasts on SSPTV.

Horton sees patients at Lehigh Valley Physician Group Orthopedics–Health & Wellness Center. On the program, he tells Lesante that Lehigh Valley Health Network has become a full-service provider of high-quality musculoskeletal care close to home and continues to add providers and techniques.

He said his physician practice can handle everything from broken bones to joint replacement, while a physical medicine doctor (physiatrist) and a chiropractor work next door.

“There’s not anything that we really can’t do here in town,” he says. Read More »