Diabetes Prevention Program Brings Healthy Success for Allentown Woman

Luz CruzType 2 diabetes changes the lives of more than 22 million Americans. You don’t need to be one of them. You can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. When Luz Cruz of Allentown learned she had prediabetes, that’s what she did.

Cruz enrolled in the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Mark J. Young Community Health and Wellness Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street. It taught her how to eat healthy and exercise. Thanks to her new habits, she’s lost about 40 pounds and has more energy.

“People see me and aren’t sure it’s me,” Cruz says. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe too.”

She shares her success story to encourage others to get the same help.

Lehigh Valley Hospital Cited for the 19th Consecutive Year Among Best in U.S.

US News 2014 ranked in 10 specialtiesLehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) ranks for the 19th consecutive year as one of the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list.

The 2014-2015 list names LVH among the nation’s top 3 percent of leading hospitals in 10 categories: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. This is the first year in which the hospital ranked in double digits.

LVH’s cardiology and cardiac surgery; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology specialties also made the 2013-2014 Best Hospitals list. This is the 10th time cardiology and heart surgery; geriatrics; and urology have been on the list; the ninth for gastroenterology and GI surgery; the sixth for orthopedics; and the third for gynecology and pulmonology.

LVH is the only hospital in the area to make the U.S. News national rankings in at least one specialty area every year since 1996. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network Performs 900th Organ Transplant

900 Transplants Since 1991For nearly five years, Dolores Gerber endured dialysis while waiting for a phone call from Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Transplant Center. On July 10, 2013, the 74-year-old Pottsville resident got the call and had her kidney transplant – the 900th transplant operation performed at LVHN since the program began in 1991.

Gerber woke up after the four-hour procedure with mixed emotions. “I was thrilled,” she says. “At the same time, it was hard to think someone had to die to make this possible.”

Gerber’s kidney failure is a secondary complication of her diabetes. She did not have any relatives or friends who could serve as a living kidney donor. Because she has a high level of antibodies, it also was difficult to find a matching cadaveric, or deceased, donor. Accepting this kind of challenge is what distinguishes LVHN, says Gerber’s surgeon, Michael Moritz, MD, with LVPG-Transplant Surgery. Read More »

Inside A ‘Best Hospital’ – Patient Care at Heart of Lehigh Valley Hospital’s U.S. News Ranking

Ian Dassylva, Melissa Roth, Ray Jones

Ian Dassylva, Melissa Roth and Ray Jones shared their stories this year about their care at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Ivan Dassylva of Hazleton calls the innovative new heart surgery that saved his life “a miracle.” Melissa Roth of Northampton says she’s amazed by the robotic surgery that eased her pain. Ray Jones of Breinigsville says the caregivers who treated his prostate cancer, “are like family to me.”

These are just a few of the community members who have turned to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) for care this year. Today, LVH’s care received national honors from U.S. News and World Report. For the 18th consecutive year, LVH is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals,” this year in these seven care areas:

Camp Red Jacket Offers Games, Support For Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Endocrinologist Robert McCauley, MD, joins the tug-of-war match at Camp Red Jacket.

Endocrinologist Robert McCauley, MD, joins the tug-of-war match at Camp Red Jacket.

Ask endocrinologist Robert McCauley, MD,  if he had a good time at Camp Red Jacket, and he’ll smile wide. McCauley and other medical experts helped 46 children ages 6-12 learn to better manage type 1 diabetes this week during the annual camp, held at Camp Fowler in Orefield.

Now in its 13th year, Camp Red Jacket is a free, three-day program. It includes lots of summertime fun – arts and crafts, games and sports. It also includes important skills to help children have a healthy self-esteem and learn more about diabetes care, including blood sugar testing, education on treating low blood sugar, healthy eating, exercise and body image. Read More »