According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. Mental illness also is the leading cause of disability in both the U.S. and Canada.
One way Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) provides much-needed resources to help people in the Lehigh Valley is with the Transitional Living Center (TLC) in Allentown. Since 1979, LVHN and Lehigh County’s Department of Mental Health have provided this voluntary behavioral health service. The TLC helps people with a mental illness transition back to society.
“It offers hope,” says TLC program director Ralph Erickson. “Many people that come through our program have, at one time or another, given up hope. We offer them a chance to get back on their feet. We provide a sense of normalcy in a controlled setting.” Read More
New research shows the benefits of quitting smoking happen more quickly than previously believed. That means if you kick the habit, your risk for dying from cardiovascular disease can lower to the same level as someone who has never smoked. It can take less than 15 years to restore your cardiovascular health, according to the study.
It’s a good time to try. Today is the Great American Smokeout celebrated by the American Cancer Society. It’s an annual day that encourages smokers to quit to live a healthier life and reduce cancer risk.
Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Tobacco Treatment Program can help. This private and confidential service offers over-the-phone and face-to-face counseling service to manage the physical and psychological withdrawal associated with quitting.
The American Cancer Society provides stats about how long it takes your body to recover after you quit smoking. Here are a few: Read More
The former video rental store at Routes 191 and 248 in Lower Nazareth Township, Pa., is now offering a different kind of walk-in service: health care.
Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) new physician practice, Nazareth Primary Care, opens today. The practice is accepting patients from newborns through end of life.
“We love taking care of families,” says LVHN family medicine physician Kate Agresti, DO, who previously saw patients at Pleasant Valley Family Practice in Brodheadsville.
Agresti has lived in the Nazareth area for the past year and is looking forward to meeting more of her neighbors. Read More
Dennis Romero and his wife, Celena, experienced a Halloween horror a few years ago.
The newlyweds were celebrating their wedding with a Halloween-themed reception, but Dennis wasn’t feeling well. He drove himself to the emergency room that night and was diagnosed the next day with an H1N1 infection.
Romero was cared for in the Advanced Intensive Care Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The unit uses Telehealth Services technology to augment the bedside care patients receive in the ICU, by monitoring them overnight and feeding data to their electronic medical records.
“I’m thankful that Lehigh Valley Hospital gave me a second chance on life,” Romero says in this video that describes the experience. “With their technology and their people, I was able to survive the H1N1.”
Help prevent influenza by getting a flu vaccine every year. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s annual free community flu clinics are next weekend, Nov. 9 and 10. Learn more and make an appointment.
Have a fun and safe Halloween.
Need help navigating health care? The “Empower Yourself” column shares tips from a Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) clinician about how you can best work together with your health care team. In this issue, certified registered nurse practitioner Maria Eustice, CRNP, with Muhlenberg Primary Care, discusses the purpose and benefits of walk-in care.
You’ve likely seen signs promoting walk-in care at a number of primary care practices. What is walk-in care, and how does it differ from emergency room care or a visit to your primary care provider (PCP)?
In short, walk-in care does not replace regular visits to your PCP. Your PCP knows you best and can recommend steps to keep you healthy. If you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or hypertension, your PCP will monitor your symptoms and adjust your medication or other treatment regimens. Read More