How to Switch to a New Health Care Provider

Michael Baba, DO

Michael Baba, DO
Family medicine

Get involved in your own health care. In the “Empower Yourself” column, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) providers offer information to help you gain confidence and take control. This issue’s featured provider: family medicine physician Michael Baba, DO, with LVPG Family Medicine–Forks Township.

Inside my practice I interact with many people who have recently moved to the area and need a new physician. I also encounter people who come to our office because their former doctor no longer accepts their health plan, or because their former provider retired or moved out of the area. It can be a stressful time, so here are some ways to make it easier.

First, know where you want to find care. If you are looking for a provider around your longtime home, then talk with your family, friends and even your current provider and ask for recommendations. If you are moving to a new part of the Lehigh Valley – or if you are new to our region and want to find care closer to your new home – then talk with your neighbors and connect with members of religious or social groups. They often can point you in the right direction.

Also, take time to read your prospective provider’s credentials so you can know his or her background and education. If you want a provider affiliated with LVHN, you can call 610-402-CARE to find a provider near you, and you can watch videos of many of these same providers (and read up on their credentials) at LVHN.org/findadoc. Read More »

6 Ways Walking and Cycling Boost Your Health

An avid cyclist, John Leskosky of Hazleton hits the trails regularly.

An avid cyclist, John Leskosky of Hazleton hits the trails regularly.

Spring is here – finally. It’s time to dust off your sneakers and rev up that bicycle. “Both walking and cycling are great forms of exercise with many health benefits,” says nurse practitioner Heather Sugarman, CRNP, with Lehigh Valley Physician Group Family Medicine–Vine Street. Walking and cycling:

1. Improve cardiovascular health. Moderate exercise like walking and cycling lowers blood pressure, strengthens the heart muscle, keeps blood vessels flexible and improves heart rate, all of which lower your risks for problems like heart disease and stroke. Read More »

Meet LVHN Providers by Watching Their Videos; 21 Just Added

Lehigh Valley Physician Group landing page

There’s a new way to watch the videos about our Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) providers – and there are 21 new videos to check out too.

Now you can meet our providers by visiting the Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) section of our website, where their videos are easy to sort by specialty. In the screen capture above, orthopedic surgeons’ videos are displayed in the black box. The videos also are part of each provider’s Find a Doctor profile page, where you also can learn about office location, education, training, clinical trials, personal interests and more.

The short videos share the providers’ personality, passion and expertise. Among the 160 videos available here, 21 are new this week. They’re listed below, with links to their Find a Doctor profiles. Read More »

Health Center at Macungie Now Offers Walk-in Care

Walk-in care is now available at the newly-opened Health Center at Macungie, located at 6451 Village Lane in Macungie. Walk-in care is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends and holidays. Common illnesses and minor injuries that can be treated include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Poison ivy and rashes
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Flu symptoms
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Sore throat
  • Fever

Lehigh Valley Health Network Family Medicine Practice, Trexlertown Family Medicine, Best in the Valley

Trexlertown Family Medicine, located in the Health Center at Trexlertown, was named “Best in the Valley” for family practice by Lehigh Valley Magazine. This is the fifth time the practice has garnered the honor. Reasons for this recognition include the practice’s compassionate staff, comprehensive care, convenient hours and central location. “I am so proud of our entire team,” says practice manager Joanne Fulmer. “We truly care about the community, and it shows.”