Robert Barraco, MD, a board-certified critical care surgeon with Surgical Specialists of the Lehigh Valley, is passionate about taking care of patients in dire need.
“You have to establish that relationship very quickly and be able to give them your best at a time that may be their worst,” he says.
He also loves educating the community about injury prevention.
“It’s all about that relationship with the community, because that’s where injury prevention starts,” he says. “That’s where we can do our most, is in the community.”
Get to know him with this video.
Part of caring for patients means helping them stay connected to their extended circle of friends.
Lehigh Valley Health Network is a leader in creating the best patient experience. That’s why we offer CarePages, an online resource to help patients keep in touch with their family and friends while they are in the hospital. With CarePages, you can create a personal profile so people know why you are in the hospital and get an idea of how you are doing; send updates to family and friends; post photos of your road to recovery; use a private e-mail address so you can control who receives your updates and views your photos; and compliment your care team. Patients can access the CarePages tool on lvhn.org.
One year ago, Kevin Becker was fighting for his life inside Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Mattioli Trauma Center after suffering a serious fall at East Stroudsburg University. Not only is Becker now back to school, he’s reaching new heights. The athletic 22-year-old recently not only completed the half-marathon at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon for Via, but he finished 12th overall at a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 29 seconds. Afterward he met up with one of his doctors, physiatrist Wayne Dubov, MD, who also competed in the half-marathon and finished in the top 40, seven minutes behind Becker. “It was a great day, and catching up with Dr. Dubov afterward was a great moment,” says Kevin’s mom, Jeanmarie Becker.
The unsung heroes of any hospital are the first responders to an emergency call. To show our appreciation and thank them for all the hard work that they do, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted a series of barbecues at all three hospital sites in celebration of National EMS Week. In a special presentation at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest emergency department ambulance bay, Children’s ER director Andrew Miller, DO, honored the Northampton Regional EMS crew for their efforts in saving the life of 5-year-old Justin. In a tragic accident, Justin got caught underneath a lawnmower as his father was cutting the grass, last August. The Northampton Regional EMS crew’s quick response time and abilities saved the boy’s life. Justin also helped to release doves after the presentation in honor of fallen EMS members.
Looking for a job in health care? Becker’s Hospital Review recently ranked Lehigh Valley Health Network as one of their “100 Best Places to Work in Health Care.” The magazine cited the network’s commitment to environmental responsibility as one of the main reasons for making the list. The magazine also mentioned the low-cost health insurance offered to employees and a $700 stipend each employee is given as part of our Culture of Wellness. The stipend can be used for exercise and fitness programs, weight loss programs and massage therapy.