A rendering shows the main entrance to the arena at One City Center at Seventh and Hamilton streets, Allentown, where LVHN will offer a variety of sports medicine services.
The sports medicine facility Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is building in Allentown’s One City Center is an exciting opportunity to improve the health of the city’s population — and its downtown economy.
LVHN-One City Center in the arena complex will bring a fitness center, sports performance training, physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, occupational medicine and community health programs to the downtown. The 600 LVHN employees who will work here will focus on caring for our community. At the same time, the city is optimistic that the presence of LVHN colleagues at Seventh and Hamilton streets will help fuel the revitalization of Allentown’s retail and service sectors.
LVHN president and CEO Ronald Swinfard, MD, spoke with The Morning Call about the network’s role in the project for this report: “Major companies banking on Allentown revival.”
Learn more about the services that will be offered at LVHN-One City Center.
It’s the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. But many people forego getting screened for colon-rectal cancer until it’s too late. The fact is a simple screening can save your life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), screenings for colon-rectal cancer are designed to find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they become cancerous. These screenings also can catch cancer it its early stages when it’s likely to respond to treatment best. When caught early enough, colon-rectal cancer has a 90 percent cure rate.
“I have long been an advocate for the importance of prevention, and treatment of colorectal cancer,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network hematologist Maged Khalil, MD, of Hematology-Oncology Associates. “Colorectal cancer is highly preventable with the appropriate screening measures and lifestyle changes. Prevention is better than cure.”
The CDC recommends regular screenings after the age of 50 and continuing them until age 75. It’s also advised for people under the age of 50 who have had family members with colon-rectal cancer or have had inflammatory bowel disease. The incidence of colon-rectal cancer is higher among African-Americans. Read More
Lehigh County officials have taken action to reduce prescription drug abuse by making it easier to properly dispose of unused medications.
County residents no longer need to wait for biannual National Take Back Day events to drop off leftover or expired prescription drugs. New collection boxes are now in 10 Lehigh County police departments, where residents can discard of unwanted medications year-round anonymously and free of charge.
“This is an important initiative from a public safety and health standpoint because residents won’t have accumulations of medications in their homes,” county District Attorney James Martin says in a news release. “These medications often include prescription drugs that are abused by teens and adults.”
The MedReturn boxes, which look like mailboxes, were provided free to police departments that applied for grants to host them. County officials worked with the police chiefs to determine the most convenient locations for the boxes, according to the news release. Drug Task Force detectives will pick up the discarded medications and incinerate them at a York County facility that’s designated to destroy controlled substances. Read More
Back pain affects people of every age. In fact, it’s so prevalent, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) says only headache pain is more common.
Overexertion or repetitive injures frequently cause lower back pain. So too does age-related degeneration of the vertebrae and the cushioning intervertebral discs.
But Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) board-certified neurosurgeon Robert Morrow, MD, with Neurosurgical Associates of LVPG – Bethlehem, says there are other things you can do to slow spinal decline. Read More
Do you know the safest way to sneeze? With the spread of flu still a region-wide concern, sneezing and coughing etiquette has become an important part of daily life.
ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer investigated which form of sneezing is the most effective at stopping germs. They discovered sneezing into a tissue is the best way to ensure your germs do not spread to the environment around you.
“Sneezing and coughing etiquette involves preventing the aerosolization of the influenza virus,” says Terry Burger, RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s director of infection control. “The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is to cough or sneeze into a tissue, followed by your arm or sleeve.”
But this isn’t the only way to reduce the spread of the flu. Read More