Screening Mammograms, Mobile Mammo Coach Visits Temporarily Postponed; Diagnostic Mammograms Continue
At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), we understand the importance of preventive screenings. However, at this time we are temporarily postponing all mammogram screenings, including visits from the mobile mammography coach for the next few weeks in our continued effort to keep patients and LVHN colleagues safe. During this time, we will continue to offer diagnostic mammogram exams and will be assessing the postponement of screenings weekly to determine whether postponements should be extended.
Throughout this unprecedented time, we want to remind everyone how important it is to continue good health practices, which include breast self-exams. Women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and should report any changes to a health care provider right away.
Please visit LVHN.org/breastselfexam to find step-by-step instructions on how to perform breast self-exams correctly.
As a reminder, self-exams do not replace an exam with your provider. If anything abnormal is found, please contact your primary care provider for a diagnostic test, if appropriate, or for a clinical breast exam. If appropriate, patients will be scanned when the situation calls for it.
Thank you for helping to keep our patients and community safe and healthy.
For information and updates related to COVID-19, please visit LVHN.org/COVID19.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation, and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the region’s only hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top five hospitals for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.