Embrace Your Inner ‘Phantom’ – Learn How to Stay Healthy Like Our New Home Team in the New Healthy You Magazine

Healthy You September 2014In a little more than a month, the puck will officially drop for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the brand-new PPL Center in downtown Allentown. To celebrate, the September-October issue of Healthy You Magazine offers you tips to stay healthy just like the hockey players who make up the Phantoms.

The latest edition of LVHN’s bimonthly wellness magazine includes 24 pages of helpful tips and information. Read on and learn:

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Lactation Consultant Discusses Benefits of Breastfeeding for New Moms

Jolie Maeher

Jolie Maeher, RN

Board-certified lactation consultant Jolie Maehrer, RN, works with new moms inside Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. In this blog post, she answers many questions parents have about breastfeeding.

Q: What are the current breastfeeding recommendations?

A: The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends that moms exclusively breastfeed for six months, then breastfeed in combination with solid foods for the following six months. Breastfeeding for 12 months, or as long as mutually desired by mom and baby, is recommended by the AAP. Others such as the U.S. Surgeon General and World Health Organization (WHO) make similar recommendations based on research that shows breastfeeding makes babies and mothers healthier.

Q: Why is breast milk preferred over formula in the first 12 months of a baby’s life?

A: The nutrients in mother’s milk are perfect for every stage of development. As babies grow, their nutritional needs change. And unlike formula, the nutritional quality of a mother’s milk changes along with her baby’s needs. In addition to being easily digestible, mother’s milk contains antibodies babies need to protect against asthma, allergies, ear infections, gastrointestinal disturbances and a host of other ailments. Breast-fed babies have a lower incidence for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Evidence suggests breastfeeding reduces a child’s incidence of diabetes and obesity and lowers the risk for certain childhood cancers. Read More »

LVHN and Baum Art School Unveil Two New Murals for Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital

long Children's Hospital muralLehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and the Baum School of Art on Thursday unveiled two new murals at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

The Baum School has offered this summer mural program for several years and was proud to partner with LVHN this year. “This has been a wonderful experience for our students to not only learn the process of mural painting, but to know that the art they create can lift the spirits of guests, especially children, in the hospital’s waiting room,” says Baum School executive director Shannon Slattery Fugate.

The first mural, displayed in the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center’s radiation oncology department waiting area, was created by teen art students, under the direction of Baum School faculty member Rosemary Geseck. For six weeks this summer, Geseck and 12 Baum School students worked on-site at the cancer center to paint the mural. The subject matter, an impressionist landscape with hidden animals, was chosen by a committee of hospital employees that is working to create a more child-friendly space for guests in their waiting room. Read More »

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We Want to Hear From You

LVH-Hazleton homepageWe’re making some changes to our website and are looking for volunteers to help with a research study. You must take a short five-minute survey to find out whether you qualify for the study.

  • If you are selected to interview, we will ask you to participate in a 60-minute phone interview and use a screen-sharing application on your computer.
  • Interviews will take place the week of Aug. 25. You will have the opportunity to choose a time that works best for you.
  • If you complete the study, you will receive a $100 honorarium in the form of an Amazon gift voucher​.

Only those who qualify and complete the study will receive the $100 honorarium.

Take the survey now.

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LVHN-One City Center Activities to Be Disrupted by Work Projects

Work projects in the area of PPL Arena will be affecting activities at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)-One City Center in Allentown over the next week.

Today (Thursday, Aug. 21):

The parking garages located at Linden Street and Eighth Street will be closed because of road milling work. Both roads will be closed Thursday. With potential heavy rain in the forecast on Thursday, there is the possibility of some or all of this work being delayed until Friday, Aug. 22. If the milling work is completed Thursday, the road will be open Friday.

During the period this work takes place, there will be no parking for LVHN patients, employees or fitness members.

Alternative parking: LVHN staff and fitness members

In order to compensate, the Allentown Parking Authority (APA) will provide 150 parking spaces specifically for LVHN staff and fitness members at the Allentown Transportation Center parking garage at Sixth and Linden streets. Motorists will need to enter this garage on Sixth Street and pull an APA ticket to access the garage. The APA will supply LVHN 150 “chaser” tickets to be utilized to exit the parking garage for free. The chaser tickets will be available at the LVHN Fitness Center at One City Center to staff and fitness members presenting an APA ticket.

Alternative parking: Patients

LVHN patients should park at the Wells Fargo bank parking lot, across Hamilton Street from the PPL Center. This lot is located behind the bank and is accessed from Seventh Street. Read More »

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