Show Us Your #OrthoInAction on Facebook and Help Your High School Win a Prize

Ortho In Action PhotosCalling all high school athletes – we know the sports you participate in are tough to play. They require physical challenges.

Now we want you and your biggest fans to tell us your story in pictures on Facebook with our new social media contest, Orthopedics in Action (#OrthoInAction).

Not in high school? We know that parents, coaches, siblings and friends can share your #OrthoInAction story, too. Anyone can enter in support of your local high school. Read More »

The Importance of Balance

This article first published in the LVHN Fitness April 2014 newsletter. We periodically post wellness articles that LVHN Fitness providers write for this monthly newsletter, covering topics such as fitness and nutrition.

By Jessica Bem, exercise physiologist with LVHN Fitness

shutterstock_170642696Sitting down to take off your shoes, relying on handrails to go up and down stairs, leaning on armrests to get out of a chair or feeling unstable while standing with feet together are all signs of poor balance. Usually balance problems occur for people who are well into their 50s; that’s why it’s important to start balance training earlier in life as a preventative measure.

In the U.S., falls are the leading cause of injury for people over 65, according to a 2005 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every 17 seconds, someone in this age group is treated in an emergency room for a fall, and every 30 minutes, someone will die from injuries caused by falling. Read More »

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Three-Way Kidney Swap Brings Lehigh Valley Brothers Closer Together

Jeff Peplow and Charlie Lambe

Jeff Peplow, left, received a new kidney thanks to a “kidney paired exchange” that involved six people in three states including his brother, Charlie Lambe, right. Express-Times Photo | BILL ADAMS

Jeff Peplow tried to talk his brother out of giving up one of his kidneys on his behalf. Charlie Lambe was committed to doing just that as soon as he learned his big brother had lost his kidney function and faced frequent dialysis treatments to stay alive.

This new twist on sibling rivalry (or brotherly love) brought the two men much closer together since their surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Cedar Crest on Sept. 11 of last year. It’s a bond that also involved six patients in three states (Pennsylvania, Missouri and Florida) over a total distance of nearly 3,000 miles in what is called “kidney paired exchange.”

In this case, KPE describes a living kidney swap among three donors and three recipients in which the organs weren’t compatible with the desired recipients but did match with strangers who probably will never meet. Read More »

Children’s Asthma Health Fair Offers Free Screenings, Pediatrician’s Info About Medications

As any parent of a child with asthma knows, watching your child struggle to breathe is terrifying. Asthma, caused by swelling in the airways, is a leading cause of missed school days and hospital visits for children.

But children with asthma can lead more active and healthy lives when the condition is properly managed. You’re invited to learn how at a Children’s Asthma Health Fair on Thursday in Hazleton.

The event, from 5:30-7 p.m., will feature educational booths as well as free health screenings to measure lung function, pulse, oxygen and blood pressure.

At 6:30 p.m., Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatrician James Caggiano, MD, will discuss how to use rescue and anti-inflammatory medications to control your child’s asthma. Read More »

Robert Barraco, MD, Named Interim Associate Dean for USF/LVHN SELECT Medical School Partnership

Robert Barraco, MD

Robert Barraco, MD
Watch a video to learn more about him.

SELECT, the unique medical education program established by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (USF MCOM) has selected a new interim associate dean.

Robert Barraco, MD, currently associate professor of surgery and chief, geriatric trauma and trauma outreach at LVHN, this week was appointed the interim associate dean for educational affairs.

“It’s an exciting transition for me,” Barraco says. “As a leading hospital for nursing and health care, LVHN offers a brand-new type of medical school in partnership with the University of South Florida that focuses not just on teaching our students about medicine, but on providing leadership experiences, developing professionalism and establishing interdisciplinary collaboration skills they will take into their careers.”

Barraco replaces J. Alan Otsuki, MD, the founding associate dean for educational affairs, who is taking a senior associate dean position with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

“Dr. Otsuki was an excellent associate dean for SELECT who brought a depth of experience from his previous position with Emory University School of Medicine,” says Tom Whalen, MD, LVHN’s chief medical officer. “Dr. Barraco will bring his own expertise to the SELECT program, including academic research and medical teaching experiences, and importantly, a deep knowledge of our culture here at LVHN.” Read More »

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