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 train your body for endurance competitions like marathons and triathlons, but there’s not much you can do to prepare for dodging and leaping over pits of 4-foot flames or running through a field of live wires charged with up to 10,000 volts of electricity.
Lehigh Valley Health Network emergency medicine physician Marna Greenberg, DO, authored the report along with other experts. It includes case studies about five of the patients treated that weekend.
“No training on earth can adequately prepare participants for elements such as jumping from a 9-foot height or running through a field of electrical wires while wet and hot,” Greenberg said. “The volume and severity of injuries in the Tough Mudder race we studied was unusually high, possibly leading to some permanent disabilities. The 1.5 million people who are predicted to enter obstacle races like this in the next year should be well aware of the risks they are taking.” Read More»
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest completed 424 bypass procedures and 416 valve operations during the time of the study, making it one of Pennsylvania’s busiest hospitals for the surgeries. The hospital’s rate of patient readmissions was higher than expected, but Singer told The Morning Call it can be justified for difficult cases: Read More»
National television personality and actor Montel Williams chose a local woman – 40-year-old Leah Walia of Hanover Township, Northampton County – to be the first guest on his brand-new Internet show, Living Well with Montel. Walia traveled to New York City to tape this inaugural episode.
On the show, Walia talks about April 20, 2012. That’s the day Walia, who has a history of benign breast tumors, learned she had a microcalcification in her right breast. As she explains in the interview with Montel, that was a defining moment in her life. Read More»
Brown says she focuses first on what children drink – and it should be mostly milk and water. She says to limit juice to 4-6 ounces of 100 percent juice for children up to age 6 and 8-12 ounces for older children.
“Sugary beverages such as juice … (Kool-Aid, Hawaiian Punch, Hi-C), sodas, iced teas, sports drinks – all of those tend to be high in sugar and relatively low in nutrition or with no nutritional value at all,” Brown says. “Children tend to like the taste of them, because they’re sweet, and they want to drink a lot of them, and that provides too many calories.” Read More»