Dan Weirback, president of Weyerbacher Brewery and Keith Weinhold, Sr. Vice President – Operations, Lehigh Valley Health Network at Weyerbacher Brewery
Weyerbacher Brewery in Easton decided to help area cancer patients, they focused on producing a microbrew named Althea to be sold during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. After selling out in just a month, Dan and Susan Weirback, Weyerbacher’s owners, returned to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) with a check from this successful fundraiser.
“We produced 1000 cases of Althea,” says Dan Weirback, president of Weyerbacher Brewery. “And we were amazed at how quickly those cases were distributed.”
The microbrew was sold at locations throughout the community, and was featured at LVHN’s Nite Lites gala held in October. For each bottle of the Belgian-style dubbel, brewed with plums, Weyerbacher set aside $1 for the fundraiser. Read More
Girl Scout Troop 3580 (l-r): Natalie Mosier Madison Finley, Ashley Mosier, Angela Heffley, Julia Finley and Samantha Shupp. Clinton Crable and Beatrice Dunlap, seated.
Madison Finley and fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 3580 of Palmerton, Pa., felt the need to give something back to the community on Thanksgiving. Finley’s mother, Tammy, a Lehigh Valley Health Network physical therapist, knows not every family is fortunate enough to be able to spend the holidays where they want to. She suggested they make meals for guests of the health network’s Hackerman-Patz House, and that’s just what they did.
Karen Forbes’ Thanksgiving holiday will include family, turkey and immense gratitude to whomever gave her the healthy kidney that’s now resting on her right side below her abdomen in her pelvis. A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, offered the organ to the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Transplant Center earlier this year. The week before Thanksgiving was chosen for the surgery, so the recipient would have a healthy kidney and be home for the holiday, the donor explained. “I want people to remember Thanksgiving. It seems to get forgotten between Halloween and Christmas.”
It was an excellent match for Forbes. On Nov. 20, it was removed from the donor, then immediately sewn into Forbes. Her own kidneys were severely weakened from years of polycystic kidney disease, a genetic condition that causes cysts to form on the kidneys, from which they became enlarged. Without a healthy kidney, dialysis treatments were looming in a few months.
“I wish the best for the recipient,” says the donor. “I’ve always thought it’s better to give than to receive.”
If you’re struggling to stay awake while you’re behind the wheel, you are just as dangerous as a drunk driver. That’s the message from experts including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which says drowsy driving results in tens of thousands of motor-vehicle crashes and injuries every year.
When you’re driving while sleepy, your reaction time, vigilance, attention and ability to process information suffer, the NHTSA says.
“Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel time of the year, and many people will be on the roads who may be drowsy during their trip,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) trauma prevention coordinator Bill McQuilken. “People need to watch for signs of fatigue. You know when you’re tired or fatigued. You start to fall asleep behind the wheel. You start traveling into the next lane or weaving on the highway.”
Several factors can contribute to drowsy driving. The big one is getting insufficient sleep. The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep but gets much less. “We’re running on full speed doing everything we try to do and not getting enough sleep,” McQuilken says.
Here are two solutions when you’re feeling drowsy while driving: stop to rest or consume caffeine. Read More
Police participate in a training exercise in May at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
If you are at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Saturday, Nov. 16, and observe a large police and emergency response, please know that it is only a drill. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) office of emergency preparedness is joining with many local police, fire, EMS and other emergency agencies to conduct an active shooter exercise.
The goals of the training event are to create a lifelike scenario to test the abilities of first responders to handle a critical incident, as well as to assess the coordination between LVHN and the community’s first response agencies. The joint exercise also will provide a valuable learning experience for first responders on how best to manage a critical incident in a unique industrial environment such as a hospital.
For the protection of the public and hospital, staff notices will be posted, and each participant will be clearly identified by wearing a brightly colored mesh vest, a police uniform or an LVHN security uniform. In addition, hospital security and law enforcement agencies will be taking extra precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. The drill will not interfere with or impact patient care.