When elementary school students in the Allentown School District need health care during school hours, they can see a doctor or nurse practitioner without ever leaving the building. How? It’s possible thanks to TeleHealth services made possible through a partnership between the school district, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust. The service is free and available to all students in the school.
You can watch a video, below, that explains how TeleHealth works. It’s also on the Allentown School District website. When a child gets an acute illness at school, such as a sore throat or skin rash, the school nurse uses TeleHealth technology to present the child to an LVHN physician or nurse practitioner, who is at a remote location. TeleHealth equipment allows clinicians to examine the child’s ears, throat and skin. If necessary, clinicians can screen for strep throat, provide an electronic prescription and encourage families to follow up with their primary care doctor. If the child is deemed well, he can return to class.
The program’s goals include getting children the care they need when they need it, and keeping them healthy and learning.
Whether you’re expecting a baby or already savoring the joys – and challenges – of parenthood, you can find some much-needed support here at Lehigh Valley Health Network. We regularly offer several classes and workshops about raising a family that teach you easy-to-use tips and practical skills.
Here, learn about five opportunities during the next month. Call 610-402-CARE to register for any of these classes.
Preparing for Childbirth One-Day Class – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest (This new session was just added to the schedule.): Learn more about your pregnancy and prepare for your birth experience. This condensed, one-day class covers topics such as identifying the stages of labor, managing the discomforts of labor with comfort positions and pain management, your partner’s role, initial newborn care and more. Seats for this class are limited. Call 610-402-CARE to register.
Glitterbug is an interactive program in which kids and adults of all ages can apply a nontoxic lotion that glows under a black light to represent “make-believe germs.” Then they wash their hands and put them under the light again to see which “germs” remain.
An event next weekend at your local YMCA is all about helping you get a jump on enjoying a healthier summer with your family. YMCAs across the country are celebrating Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27, with active play and educational activities to inspire families to get moving and improve their well-being.
Along with energizing activities such as sports and crafts, here’s what’s in store:
Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s infection control and prevention team will bring its interactive GlitterBug® program to the YMCA to teach proper hand-washing technique to keep away illnesses. Kids and adults of all ages can apply a nontoxic lotion that glows under a black light to represent “make-believe germs.” Then they wash their hands and put them under the light again to see which “germs” remain. Read More»
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.
The big smiles in this photo are sure to brighten your day.
Super Grover and Elmo from PBS TV’s “Sesame Street” came to Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital last week before their Sesame Street Live performance at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem. It’s become a tradition for the show’s cast.
The colorful characters brought laughter to children such as 8-year-old Cheyenne from Pocono Summit (pictured), on the pediatric unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, Pa.
The hospital’s child-life program frequently arranges fun visits like this for our pediatric patients. It’s the only program in the region and helps children cope emotionally and relax while they are receiving treatment in the hospital. A child-life specialist also provides support and education to families.