There’s a common misconception about palliative care that Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) palliative medicine specialist Daniel Ray, MD, wants to clear up: “You don’t have to be dying to get our help,” he says. “Palliative medicine’s goal is symptom relief and improving quality of life. It is appropriate for any patient facing troubling symptoms or side effects related to their disease or treatment.”
OACIS, short for Optimizing Advanced Complex Illness Support, is LVHN’s palliative medicine program. “We are a provider practice comprising physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, chaplains and social workers,” Ray says. “We do not take the place of the primary care provider, but work collaboratively with them to provide an extra level of support to patients and their families.” Read More
James Wertz, DO, spends a lot of time with his patients and treats them like a friend.
“I think if you become more friendly with your patients, the patients open up to you and tell you things they might not otherwise tell you that allow you to take the best care of them,” he says.
The board-certified internal medicine doctor with Muhlenberg Primary Care also is passionate about preventative medicine.
Get to know him with this video.
Power has been restored to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and the Professional Park across the street. Normal operations have resumed at all locations except for the 1259 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. building, which will remain closed the remainder of the day.
A PPL substation problem had caused a power outage this morning. LVH-Cedar Crest continued operations using backup generator power.
We’ve all been there with the garbage can, an air conditioner or that heavy box in the basement that’s filled with who knows what. Sooner or later we have to lift it, and it can put quite a strain on our backs.
“People bend over to pick up heavy loads and don’t realize what that’s doing to their backs,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network nurse practitioner Jaime Broesicke, CRNP, with the Advanced Spine Center. “Improper lifting can easily cause permanent damage.”
An audience of more than 200 community members, along with representatives from Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Board of Trustees, gathered into the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest auditorium last night for LVHN’s 2013 Community Annual Meeting.
During the event, LVHN president and chief executive officer Ron Swinfard, MD, delivered his annual address, called “The Future Begins With You.” In his presentation he discussed how LVHN and its 12,000-plus colleagues are partnering with community members to create a healthier future.
“When it comes to your health, you’re in control,” Swinfard said. “You must take the first step to exercise, eat right and see your doctor regularly. The rest is up to us. We will support you through every step of your journey to make your future healthy.”
You can learn more about LVHN’s past year by experiencing the 2013 LVHN Annual Report. It’s available exclusively online. Read More