Measles Cases Prompt Experts to Encourage MMR Vaccine for Children

A recent resurgence of measles infections is prompting health officials to encourage parents to ensure their children get the MMR vaccine.

Among the experts chiming in is Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) pediatrician Jarret Patton, MD, who told NBC 10 Philadelphia he is concerned about the potential for an outbreak in New York City to spread to the Lehigh Valley. Patton is with Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Bad research linking the MMR vaccine to children developing autism has caused some people to think vaccines do more harm than good, Patton told the television station for this report. But that position has been debunked, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health still recommends vaccination as the best way to prevent catching measles, which is highly contagious. Complications of measles can include swelling of the brain, pneumonia and death. Read More »

LVHN-One City Center to Improve Health of Community, Economy

One City Center

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.


LVHN Physical Therapist Helps a Runner’s World Editor Overcome Challenge – VIDEO

When Katie Neitz needed help recently to overcome chronic hamstring problems, she turned to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) physical therapist Craig Souders. Neitz is the mind-and-body editor for Runner’s World magazine, a trusted go-to guide for runners of all ages. Souders is a sub-three-hour marathon runner.

As Neitz explains in the March 2014 issue of Runner’s World, she attended a running clinic in New York and learned her chronic hamstring issues were caused by gluteal weakness, a common problem for runners. Souders helped Neitz get back on track with a series of exercises that targeted her weak spots.

In addition to the article, Runner’s World also produced a video showing the exercises Souders used to help Neitz regain her form. Watch it below.

Heart Attack Victim Thanks Lehigh Valley Health Network Colleagues Who Saved His Life – VIDEO

Dale Garrison reunites with the Hazleton Health and Wellness Center colleagues who helped save his life.

Dale Garrison reunites with Lehigh Valley Health Network colleagues who helped save his life.

When Berwick, Pa., resident Dale Garrison went to work Dec. 4, he did not expect to wake up more than a week later at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Cedar Crest recovering from a near-fatal heart attack.

When he began to feel ill at work, his supervisor, Carl Rinemiller, prepared to take him to the nearest medical facility. On the drive, Garrison’s condition worsened, and Rinemiller made an emergency stop at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton.

Colleagues at the outpatient facility administered CPR and kept Garrison’s heart beating until he was able to be transported to LVH-Hazleton, where emergency medicine physician Gerald Coleman, DO, was able to stabilize him enough to be flown by helicopter to LVH-Cedar Crest. Read More »

LVEDC Video Highlights LVHN Among Lehigh Valley’s Assets

The Lehigh Valley is a vibrant place to live and work. A new video produced by Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. (LVEDC) touts all of the reasons – and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is proud to be among them.

Check out the video here for a quick look at our community’s gems. Look for LVHN in the segment that highlights the region’s “exceptional health care systems,” starting at 1 min. 15 seconds into the video.

We thank LVEDC for including us. We’re happy we can help make the Lehigh Valley even better.