Amanda Heffernan and Valerie Lewis, MD
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Amanda Heffernan of Northampton (left) receives an examination from adolescent medicine doctor Valerie Lewis, MD, at Pediatric Specialists of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown.
A year ago today, Lehigh Valley Health Network president and chief executive officer Ron Swinfard, MD, introduced the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital by crediting community members for their input and inspiration.
“Over the years, I received hundreds of requests from the parents of a sick or injured child,” Swinfard said. “Some of them asked us to provide more specialized health care services for children close to home. Others asked us to establish a children’s hospital. We listened to every comment, took action, and carefully, strategically and comprehensively expanded our children’s care services.”
Let’s celebrate this milestone birthday with a look at some of the dedicated caregivers who help make Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital a special place for children and their families.
University of Colorado Hospital ER doctor Comilla Sasson, MD, meets MedEvac mascot, Epi, during her visit Monday to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Comilla Sasson, MD, is on a mission. As one of two doctors working in the University of Colorado Hospital ER the night of July 20, 2012, Sasson was the first line of treatment for victims of a mass movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.
She now tours the country, sharing her experiences with emergency medical professionals to help them understand how they can best respond to similar situations. Her latest stop was the opening day festivities for Lehigh Valley Health Network’s National EMS Week Celebration. Sasson spoke Monday evening to a captive audience of EMS workers at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
The first shooting victims arrived at her facility shortly after 1 a.m., some in critical condition, she said. Most were rushed to the hospital in the back of police cars, not ambulances. As a result, the ER staff lacked details EMS personnel normally provide about a patient’s condition, which would have helped them prepare for the victims.
Sasson stressed that people should carry ID with them at all times to help responders with rapid assessment during a crisis. Read More
The orthopedic unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest has moved from 5C in the Pool Pavilion to new space on the seventh floor of the Kasych Family Pavilion.
The new 7K Orthopedics has 30 private patient rooms, each one equipped with a private bathroom and freezer for ice packs. It also features a rehabilitation gym that is twice the size of the current location. The new gym includes items like a car simulator to help patients return to full function faster.
“This new space will allow us to enhance the quality and convenience of the care we deliver following an orthopedic surgery such as a total joint replacement,” says Lois Guerra, RN, director of 7K Orthopedics.
5C in the Pool Pavilion will transform into a medical-surgical unit, which will help accommodate increasing demand for inpatient care at LVH-Cedar Crest. The 5C unit also will be renovated in eight-room increments, leaving 12 medical-surgical rooms (24 beds) available at all times for patients as needed.
Learn more about care for bones and joints.
There are less than 17 weeks before the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon on Sept. 8, and already the number of registrants for the various events is more than three times what it was at this time last year.
More than 1,700 people already have registered for the marathon, half marathon, relay and 5K. The number of registrants is 1,200 ahead of last year at this time.
About half of the runners already signed up will take on the full marathon.
Ivan Dassylva, a Lehigh Valley Health Network patient who had a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and William Combs, MD, reunite during an event celebrating the first anniversary of the procedure.
Ivan Dassylva figured maybe his luck had run out after hearing about yet another heart problem last year. Then he came to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for a new procedure that changed everything.
“I had come in for an angioplasty and found out I had a bad heart valve,” the 81-year-old Hazleton, Pa. resident says. “I had already had open-heart surgery. I wasn’t sure what to expect.”
What was proposed to him was transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new, less-invasive procedure for patients considered too high-risk for conventional open-heart valve replacement surgery. Without the surgery, Dassylva’s future was uncertain at best.
With TAVR, a valve is inserted into the patient’s diseases aortic valve via a catheter introduced through a tiny incision in the groin or chest. Lehigh Valley Health Network was the first in the region to perform this procedure.
Now, Dassylva feels better than he has in years. “It’s a miracle really,” he says. “I’m doing everything I was doing before I had these problems.”
Dassylva joined fellow patients who have benefited from TAVR on Thursday afternoon at a celebration of the first anniversary of the procedure at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Kasych Family Pavilion. Read More