LVHN News (blog)

2017
December
11,
2017
This time last year, Schuylkill Health was integrating its hospitals and at the same time, merging into Lehigh Valley Health Network. The merger forever changed the local landscape for health care – improving access and delivery to services now and f...
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December
08,
2017
Santa and holiday season pageantry arrived early to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Muhlenberg today, thanks to a former cancer patient who wanted to thank staff for the care that cured him. A parade of sports, entertainment and business mascots trav...
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December
05,
2017
To those evaluating their 2018 Medicare or Medicare Advantage coverage options: It has come to our attention that some of our patients recently received a very confusing and potentially misleading letter from a different health system. Lehigh Vall...
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December
04,
2017
Caiden Pinero playfully ran away from his mom, stopping every couple of feet. At every stop, he would turn back and exclaim, “Mommy, I can still hear you!” “I’ll always remember that day,” says 6-year-old Caiden’s mom, Courtney Derr of Allentown. ...
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December
01,
2017
This month, LVHN Fitness is offering a tremendous deal: 20 percent off $50 gift cards that you (or someone you really like) can use for a variety of classes and services at LVHN Fitness at One City Center or other Lehigh Valley-area LVHN Fitness loca...
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November
29,
2017
Preventing illness or injury is a big part of making your trip relaxing and enjoyable. It is important to take certain precautions. Some destinations have environments that may be very different from the area you live in. Also, travel to developing c...
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November
28,
2017
It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to your health, it takes a team to provide the right care for your health and well-being. At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), advanced practice clinicians (APCs) are fundamental me...
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November
27,
2017
Before weight-loss surgery, many patients prepare and lose weight by following these suggestions from the team at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Weight Management Center. “Good nutrition and habits are the basis for any- one’s success,” says register...
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November
21,
2017
Having “at your fingertips access” to your personal health information and your health care team isn’t just a luxury for the rich and famous. With MyLVHN, the patient portal offered by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), you can quickly log into you...
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November
17,
2017
Sarah and Jim Brinckman of Pennsburg were ready for their son to enter the world. The nursery was set up. His take-home outfit was selected. What they weren’t ready for was Sarah going into labor seven weeks before their son’s Aug. 25, 2017, due d...
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November
16,
2017
LVHN.org’s most popular feature is Find a Doctor. Each month, thousands travel to Find a Doctor seeking information about our doctors and advanced practice clinicians (APCs), such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Now a new feature i...
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November
14,
2017
How you plan to feed your new baby is an important decision only you can make. At Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, we provide information on infant nutrition and the benefits of breastfeeding, then support you no matter what feeding method you choo...
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November
13,
2017
Almost 8,000 individuals became part of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) history over the weekend by receiving free vaccinations during the 20th anniversary edition of the Community Drive-Thru Influenza Campaign held at Dorney Park in South Whiteh...
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November
10,
2017
There’s only one big problem with being 91 years old as far as William Bakes is concerned. “All my friends are gone,” says the proud World War II veteran from Allentown. “Outside of my family, there aren’t many people I can call a friend anymore.”...
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November
08,
2017
Anthropologists believe the main function of the eyebrow is to guard the eye from sweat droplets and other eye-irritating matter. Artists, psychologists and even poker players know brows play a starring role in facial expressions. But beyond their pr...
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November
02,
2017
Starting Saturday, Oct. 28, select Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG)–Pocono practices and Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono outpatient services, along with the LVH–Pocono Access Center, went live with the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) sys...
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October
30,
2017
If you have ever wondered how long you or a family member might have to wait for care at one of our ExpressCARE locations, we have a convenient solution for you: ExpressCARE wait times on LVHN.org. Where are ExpressCARE wait times? It’s easy to...
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October
11,
2017
Many people with head and neck cancer experience a variety of symptoms, and most are quite noticeable. “Many symptoms of head and neck cancer don’t go away for two weeks or more,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network otolaryngology surgeon Chetan Nay...
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October
11,
2017
Most men being treated for prostate cancer need daily radiation therapy over nine weeks. “That’s a huge inconvenience,” says Charles Andrews, MD, director of radiation oncology at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono. “We’re trying toshorten courses o...
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October
11,
2017
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and your body’s cells. It helps produce cell membranes and hormones. There are two types of cholesterol: good cholesterol – high-density lipoprotein or HDL, and bad cholesterol – low-dens...
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October
10,
2017
You might think pressure is some- thing to avoid. But if you’re dealing with a stubborn wound, pressure can help promote healing when delivered in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. “With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you breathe 100 percent oxygen,” says ...
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October
09,
2017
When you are diagnosed with a disease, it may seem like your doctor is making all the treatment decisions. But, in fact, a team including pathologists and radiologists is often working in the background to help pinpoint what you have. Here’s why thes...
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October
09,
2017
It’s a dreaded sound for basketball and football players – a popping noise and then ensuing knee pain. Many times its meniscus cartilage tearing that’s making that pop. “It’s one of the more common problems we see in our office,” says orthopedic s...
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October
09,
2017
Traveling to another hospital while you are experiencing neurological symptoms is a hardship for people. It is particularly difficult for older people or people who suffer from chronic conditions. Telemedicine can resolve many of those challenges. “T...
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October
09,
2017
When you hear that someone has a hernia, what do you think? If you think that they may have lifted something heavy and injured their groin, you have a basic idea, says Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton surgeon Jayme Lieberman, MD, with LVPG General and...
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October
09,
2017
Your heart is complex. When it’s in distress from a heart attack, you need specialists who understand its complexities and have the resources to provide necessary care. Here’s a look at two lifesaving treatments Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) ca...
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October
06,
2017
Author: Robert Prosnitz, MD, is a radiation oncologist with Allentown Radiation Oncology Associates at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. I meet many patients with persistent trigeminal neuralgia (TN) who worry they may need invasive surgery to r...
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September
25,
2017
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has won two prestigious health care honors in the 2017 Morning Call Readers’ Choice Awards, released by the newspaper on Sunday. LVHN won Best Hospital/Health Network and LVPG Family Medicine won Best Family Doc...
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September
22,
2017
Day in and day out, nurses call on specialized skills to provide care for victims of illness, injury and trauma. Yet some injuries are so emotionally and physically damaging they require an extra level of sensitivity and skill. Now, an innovative edu...
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September
21,
2017
Have you ever felt sharp pain in your right side? It could be a sign of gallbladder disease. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatments from surgeon Michael Mahoney, DO, with LVPG Surgery and family medicine nurse practitioner Jennifer Yourey, CRNP, wi...
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