Francis Salerno, MD
When Francis Salerno, MD, envisioned himself as a physician in his early 20s, he could see his patients and colleagues during their interactions. But complications from diabetes took his eyesight when he was 29 years old. At the time, he was a first-year medical resident, had been married for five months and was an expectant father.
“My immersion into blindness started abruptly and without warning,” says Salerno, associate chief of geriatrics at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). “It was both frightening and humbling.”
Over the past 23 years, Salerno has blazed a path in the Lehigh Valley for care of the elderly population, serving as LVHN’s first chief of geriatrics. His passion for life, thirst for knowledge and service to the aged and the blind was honored by the Center for Vision Loss when it presented Salerno with its Chrysalis Award at its annual dinner Thursday at DeSales University. Read More
The Latino Leadership Alliance of Lehigh Valley honored Lehigh Valley Health Network on Dec. 6 with its 2012 Community Partnership Award. The honor recognizes community leaders, organizations and businesses that have done outstanding work for community development.
“Lehigh Valley Health Network has made cultural awareness a part of health care and has partnered with the Latino community, affording them the opportunity to provide input,” says Cynthia Atamian, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance. Shown here are (right) family doctor Edgaro Maldonado, MD, and Rosa Dutan of Allentown inside Centro de Salud LatinoAmericano, a bilingual, bicultural primary care practice at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street. Read More
Jayne Febbraro, MSN, RN, CRNP, an educational specialist in Lehigh Valley Health Network’s division of education, has been honored with a Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania. She was announced as the winner in the nurse educator–staff category during the Nightingale Awards Gala at the end of October.
The awards recognize and honor exceptional nurses who practice in the state of Pennsylvania. The awards program has been in existence for 22 years, and the health network has had 17 nurses who have received Nightingale Awards during that time.
We’re the very first in the state of Pennsylvania and one of the first three in the entire nation. On Oct. 30, Lehigh Valley Hospital was officially certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. It means if you suffer a stroke, regardless of severity, you will receive the highest standard of care available in the country at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Read More
Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized for commitment to workforce diversity as evidenced by receipt of the Trailblazer Award, which was given during the Breaking the Glass Ceiling awards gala. This honor, from the YWCA of Bethlehem, highlights the network’s efforts in racial, ethnic and gender inclusion, like Debby Patrick (right), vice president of human resources, which ultimately makes the health network a better place to work and receive care. We were nominated for the award by a long-time friend of the network, Merry Landis of Fine Art Resources in Allentown.