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CEO Update: Don’t Put Your Health on Hold

This week’s message from LVHN President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, is simple: Don’t put your health on hold. Get the care you need at LVHN with confidence that your care is COVID SAFE. Watch Dr. Nester’s video or read the transcript below.



Don't put your health on hold. It's one of the most important messages we can share during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the last seven weeks, we saw a 32 percent reduction in the number of patients who came to our emergency departments experiencing a heart attack. At LVH­-Cedar Crest, we have seen a 25 percent reduction in stroke alert activations in March and April.

It's not because fewer people are experiencing heart attacks and strokes. It is because people are reluctant to come to the hospital for fear of contracting the virus. Avoiding health care is always unwise, whether you’re experiencing a health emergency or you need help managing a chronic illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

As your health partner, LVHN is here to help you access care with confidence. Here are two things you need to know.

  1. LVHN is committed to keeping you COVID-SAFE. We redesigned your LVPG doctor visit, opened the region’s only COVID-FREE hospitals for elective surgery and are taking every step to deliver the safest possible care to you and your family. Learn more at LVHN.org/COVIDSAFE.

  2. If you are concerned about visiting the hospital or doctor’s office, try virtual care. You can have a video visit or E-Visit from the comfort of your home using your MyLVHN account. We guarantee same-day appointments and your care will be provided by an LVHN provider who has access to your medical records. Whether you’re due for a routine visit, need to speak with a specialist or an unexpected health care need arises, your provider will let you know the next step or treatment that is best for you. Learn more at LVHN.org/virtual.

With LVHN as your partner, there is no reason to put your health on hold. Just reach out and, together, we will help you take charge of your health.