LVHN News (blog)

2020
January
24,
2020
| 10:43 PM America/New_York
This is a message from Luis Puentes BSN, MA, MBA, PHRN, administrator of the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Operations at Lehigh Valley Health Network. This post will be updated as more information becomes available. A new coronavirus (de...
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January
24,
2020
| 04:18 PM America/New_York
BY NINA ACE Following a groundswell of support, a beloved hospice care option in East Stroudsburg recently reopened. It provides Pocono-area residents who need intensive end-of-life care a home-like setting that’s nearby to family and friends. ...
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January
21,
2020
| 05:54 PM America/New_York
BY RICK MARTUSCELLI You expect kids to get cuts, scrapes and bruises. But sometimes, a child has a problem that needs care from a doctor who specializes in helping children look like their beautiful selves.  “Children can have scars that preven...
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January
18,
2020
| 07:35 PM America/New_York
Due to the weather throughout our region, some of our facilities will be closed or have modified hours. Please contact your care provider if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. All emergency services and hospitals will remain open and fu...
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January
17,
2020
| 06:28 AM America/New_York
BY JENN FISHER While no one wants to have a medical emergency, there’s peace of mind knowing that a team of emergency medicine providers is ready to care for you when you need them most. At Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton, that care is now e...
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January
16,
2020
| 07:17 PM America/New_York
BY KATIE CAVENDER At work, we have fire drills. On a plane, we listen to safety protocols before takeoff. However, when it comes to our own health, we often don’t have a plan. “Nobody can plan for every emergency,” says Christopher Greb, operation...
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January
15,
2020
| 07:58 PM America/New_York
It's official: the flu is considered "widespread" for 2020. The typical flu season spans from September to May, with a peak in the middle of winter. Lehigh Valley Live recently reported 25,632 confirmed flu cases in 66 of the Pennsylvania's 67 counti...
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January
10,
2020
| 07:32 PM America/New_York
BY RICH LALIBERTE “Even if you don’t have a medical problem, it’s helpful to get a checkup annually,” says internal medicine physician Jodi Lenko, MD, with LVPG Internal Medicine–Alliance Drive in Hazle Township. “A primary care physician looks at...
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December
26,
2019
| 03:54 PM America/New_York
BY KATIE CAVENDER Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) continually strives to bring care close to home, and the annual flu shot clinics certainly followed suit. In the last month, more than 15,000 people joined one of LVHN’s community flu shot clin...
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December
23,
2019
| 04:32 PM America/New_York
BY RICHARD LALIBERTE Winter is upon us – along with safety threats for both adults and children from the frosty realities of cold tempratures, accumulating snow and slippery ice. “People should mind the weather but also know their capabilities and...
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December
20,
2019
| 01:29 PM America/New_York
BY NINA ACE With formal closing complete, Coordinated Health is now part of Lehigh Valley Health Network. The two organizations share a common vision focused on population health and demonstrate a strong passion for delivering high-value health ca...
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December
05,
2019
| 05:00 AM America/New_York
In most cases, your primary care provider helps you manage your condition successfully. However, sometimes treatment doesn’t move cholesterol levels far enough in the right direction. If a stubborn cholesterol problem concerns you, Lehigh Valley Hear...
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December
04,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Throughout her husband’s cancer battle, Arlene Hottenstein tried ignoring the excruciating pain in her right leg.  “It hurt so bad I couldn’t bend to tie my shoes and had to give up walking my dog,” she says. “But I couldn’t get it checked because...
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December
02,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Sports Academy offers young athletes, ages 8 to 18, programs to build foundational fitness, hone sports-specific skills and learn injury prevention techniques. “Our programs are appropriate for all youth who wou...
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November
29,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Don't let painful, stiff hips and knees keep you on the sidelines of life. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono total joint replacement program offers the latest minimally invasive surgical approaches for osteoarthritis, including bilateral knee repla...
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November
27,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
MyLVHN is Lehigh Valley Health Network's Patient Portal. With MyLVHN, you can access your health information, your care team, convenient LVHN Video Visits and much more. MyLVHN helps you... Schedule an appointment View test results Review y...
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November
22,
2019
| 03:30 PM America/New_York
No one wants to have surgery. But when it’s a necessary step toward feeling better, you want to do everything you can to have a positive experience. “Surgery is a team effort,” says trauma and general surgeon David Scaff, DO, with LVPG General and...
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November
21,
2019
| 09:53 PM America/New_York
Holidays are supposed to be jolly almost by definition. But many people find the Halloween-New Year's stretch to be stressful and far from cheery.  “There’s often a lot of financial strain coupled with family dynamics that can be hard to deal with...
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November
16,
2019
| 06:00 AM America/New_York
Colds, stomach bugs, minor cuts, and injuries never happen at a convenient time. When you go to ExpressCARE, you can count on high-quality urgent care, 365 days a year, no appointment needed. When you arrive at ExpressCARE, sign in with the regist...
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November
13,
2019
| 09:50 PM America/New_York
A coordinated treatment program for women with pre-existing or pregnancy-related diabetes is giving moms peace of mind and babies a safer start in life. “Much of your baby’s fetal development occurs in the first eight weeks of pregnancy,” says mat...
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November
13,
2019
| 06:11 PM America/New_York
When Kelly Kalovcak, MD, and David Russell, DO, each joined Lehigh Valley Health Network in September to practice medicine in Schuylkill County, it was more than a homecoming for them. The two internal medicine physicians, both of whom were born at L...
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November
13,
2019
| 05:27 PM America/New_York
Gynecologic oncologists treat a variety of conditions, even noncancerous ones. To find out if you might need to see this specialist, we spoke with Christine Kim, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist with LVPG Gynecologi...
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October
17,
2019
| 05:23 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer Packing a healthy lunch for your kids is one of the best ways to set them up for success while they’re away from home. And while it’s easy to stock your fridge pre-packaged and processed foods, a little planning goes a long way wh...
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October
16,
2019
| 06:29 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer There’s no shortage of fall festivals in the Lehigh Valley. From cows to sheep to pigs, fairs and fests often include a petting zoo for kids and adults to touch their favorite animals while enjoying the crisp fall air. The pig pen...
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October
15,
2019
| 09:49 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer Those first few months of school come with a long list of tasks to complete for parents and students alike. This can often include required physicals, vaccines and examinations. But if you’ve waited until the last minute, your chi...
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October
11,
2019
| 11:01 PM America/New_York
For patients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ), opening up to your physician is key to getting personalized health care. Even though discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with your doctor is not alw...
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October
11,
2019
| 06:05 PM America/New_York
By Emily Shiffer By this time, your child's backbpack is full of every pencil, binder and folder he or she needs to be successful in the classroom. But among the erasers and stickers, stocking their backpack with a few health essentials can keep y...
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September
23,
2019
| 04:24 PM America/New_York
With migraines affecting 39 million Americans, chances are you have either experienced a migraine or care about someone who has. “Migraines can happen to anyone,” says neurologist Sowmya Lakshminarayanan, MD, with LVPG Neurology. Migraines produce...
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September
23,
2019
| 04:23 PM America/New_York
From texting and typing to holding and carrying, your hands do countless tasks. But when things go wrong, Lauren Arcury, a certified hand therapist at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, is here to help.  Getting back to your life As the ...
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September
23,
2019
| 04:21 PM America/New_York
Kaytee Morrissey, Nanticoke resident Morrissey has two large hospitals with childbirth services within 15 minutes of her home. But this past January, when it came time to deliver her first child, Morrissey chose the Family Birth and Newborn Center...
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