Lehigh Valley native Christian Pothering is part of the first class of medical students with SELECT, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s partnership with University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine.
A basketball player at Allentown Central Catholic High School and Muhlenberg College, Chris Pothering lived for hoops. Yet when he took a break to receive care for a knee condition, Pothering’s course changed.
“I had surgery from a local orthopedic surgeon,” says Pothering of Thomas DiBenedetto, MD, with Lehigh Valley Health Network. “His work was so interesting to me that he let me shadow him.”
So began Pothering’s interest in becoming a doctor. The Allentown native earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Muhlenberg, and then a master’s degree in anatomy at Penn State’s College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. Now age 28, he’s completing second-year studies in SELECT, the health network’s medical school partnership with University of South Florida’s (USF) Morsani College of Medicine. Read More
Throughout our community this week, you will begin seeing the latest installments of LVHN’s new advertising campaign. It follows the lead of our most recent ads, talking about our colleagues’ passion for patients and their families.
The new ads feature people experiencing our health network’s passion for high-risk pregnancy care, cosmetic surgery, physical therapy and prostate health. They explain that we do more than treat the condition. We treat the person.
The majority of the campaign’s ads will be on TV and radio (follow the links above to see the television ads). You’ll also notice print, billboard and Internet ads. And we again will have ads at local movie theaters prior to major motion pictures. The campaign will last through June.
Kathleen Lawson, far right, was making knit dolls for another cause when her daughter, Sarah O’Hara (standing), suggested also giving them to children with diabetes. Lawson’s friends Geraldine Smith (seated, left) and Norma Harris (center) help make the dolls.
It fits in the palm of a child’s hand. It’s made of yarn. And it brings hope to children newly diagnosed with diabetes. It’s a knit doll, and it’s given free of charge to children at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Helwig Health and Diabetes Center.
The inspiration for the dolls came from Kathleen Lawson, the mother of Sodexo registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Sarah O’Hara, who works at Helwig.
“Mom was making this cute doll one day and explained it was for a foster child,” O’Hara says. “I thought it would be perfect for the children at Helwig too.”
Nothing changes your life like the words, “You have cancer.” But imagine when those words mean you might end up in a homeless shelter because you can’t go to work, you can’t pay your rent, and you have no family or friends nearby. It’s a difficult reality for some people in our community.
Enter Darling Santos, a social worker at Lehigh Valley Health Network. “I’m here to help people with anything that might keep them from getting the treatment they need,” she says. “If you don’t have child care, or don’t have transportation to or from appointments, or can’t afford food because you can’t work the same number of hours – I can help.” Read More
“How do you think children with cancer feel when they come to the hospital for treatment?” That was one of the questions second-graders in Brownie Troop 683 asked themselves while they brainstormed mural ideas for Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Pediatric Cancer department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. The girls thought perhaps children facing cancer felt sad and scared, and maybe a little angry. They decided to create something that would evoke the opposite feelings and chose to illustrate the word “HOPE.” They chose lots of bright paint colors and then got to work earning their Brownie painting badge. The 12 girls in the troop broke into groups of three and worked collaboratively on four 20” x 20” canvases. The pop-art style mural they created will hang in one of the common areas where children receive cancer care.
“I just love the colors!” was the response from Rose Schenk, pediatric social worker, when the mural arrived at her office. “It was so sweet of them to think of our kids!”