Scott Rice wins Pediatrician of the Valley Award – Again

Scott Rice

Scott Rice, MD

For the second year in a row, Allentown pediatrician Scott Rice, MD, has been voted the Best Pediatrician of the Valley by the readers of Lehigh Valley Magazine.

Rice has been a practicing pediatrician for 20 years, the last 16 affiliated with Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG). He shares a practice with Kelly Costello, MD, and Deborah Miller, CRNP, at 401 N. 17th St., which is next door to Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street.

After coming out on top of the 2014 online vote, just as he did in 2013, Rice received his honor at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center at a June 23 gala. He praised his co-workers upon accepting the award.

“Together with an incredible office staff, we are blessed to be entrusted by parents with the care of their children,” Rice said.  “We strive to keep them healthy in all areas.”

Family Celebrates Premature Twins’ First Birthday – VIDEO

When Kevin and Jennifer Bretz learned they were having twins, their feelings cycled through the realm of excited, overwhelmed, thrilled and scared. When Jennifer went into labor early and needed an emergency cesarean section, naturally they were worried.

The Bretz family feels thankful for the care Kylie and Zachary received in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, part of Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

And they feel joy because the twins, now 1 year old, are remarkably healthy and happy. You can read their story in the July-August issue of Healthy You magazine, along with four tips about how to prepare for pregnancy, birth and beyond when twins are coming.

Share in the Bretz family’s celebration with this video taken behind the scenes of their Healthy You photo shoot. It’s sure to make you smile.

Olympic Cross-Country Skier Inspires Children With Diabetes at Camp Red Jacket

Kris Freeman and Robert McCauley at Camp Red Jacket

Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman, left, pauses for a photo with Lehigh Valley Health Network endocrinologist Robert McCauley, MD, at Camp Red Jacket.

Children with type 1 diabetes who are attending Camp Red Jacket this summer have learned they are not alone in managing their blood sugar. All of the campers there deal with it every day.

And sometimes, so do Olympians.

The 70 campers and counselors, between the ages of 6 and 18, met Kris Freeman on Thursday. The cross-country skier visited the camp in Orefield, Lehigh County, to share this message: he has learned how to keep his disease in check while pursuing his dream. Freeman has represented the United States in four Olympic games.

Camp Red Jacket is run by Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Helwig Health and Diabetes Center in partnership with the Loretti Fund.

Read coverage of Freeman’s visit in this article on, and see photos in The Morning Call’s gallery.

Pediatric Pulmonologist Offers 10 Tips to Normalize Your Child’s Sleep Cycle This Summer

Dharmeshkumar Suratwala, MD

Dharmeshkumar Suratwala, MD
Pediatric pulmonology

The lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer also are the longest days of the year in terms of daylight. That’s not necessarily a good thing when you’re trying to get your young child to maintain his or her sleep schedule. How can we expect our little ones to call it a night when the sun hasn’t even gone down yet?

The truth is, they really can’t help it.

“Your internal clock, known as your circadian rhythm, is regulated by light exposure,” says Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital pediatric sleep specialist and pulmonologist Dharmeshkumar Suratwala, MD, with Pediatric Specialists of the Lehigh Valley. “The cause is the photoreceptor in your eyes called a melanopsin. When exposed to light, this receptor suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that is a key factor in sleep/wake cycles.”

But parents shouldn’t panic. Suratwala offers 10 tips to overcome Mother Nature and keep your children in their regular sleeping modes even on the longest of summer days. They’re recommended for adults as well. Read More »

Introducing a Dozen Hazleton Providers – VIDEO

video cameraOne year ago, we started introducing you to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) providers using videos that share their passion, personality and expertise.

Today, for the first time you can meet 12 of those experts who work at physician practices in the Greater Hazleton, Pa. area, and at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton and the Health and Wellness Center at Hazleton. They became part of the health network when LVHN and Greater Hazleton Health Alliance merged in January.

Below, find links to their new video profiles to get to know them. See the complete list of 122 providers with videos. Read More »