Local Woman Helps Kids with Cancer Look Cool While Staying Warm

peidatric hematology oncology unitFive-year-old Gianna (left) is sure this fuzzy hat was donated just for her. It’s one of nearly 300 hats delivered to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s pediatric hematology/oncology clinic by community member Donna Hosfeld (right) of Emmaus, Pa. Hosfeld used her office, Hosfeld Insurance in Macungie, Pa., as a central collection point for local knitters and others to drop off the fun, funky and fashionable hats.

“I got more out of it than I could ever have given,” Hosfeld says. “It puts everything in your own life in perspective very quickly when you walk into the unit. It was really an amazing thing.”

A Furry Friend to Help Our Patients Heal

If you’re a pet owner, you know how much joy and happiness a furry four-legged friend can bring us. That’s why Lehigh Valley Health Network partners with local pet therapy groups to bring dogs to patients like 12-year-old Alicia of Allentown. “These are sick children and it’s usually very hard to get them to smile,” says child life specialist Vanessa Gramm. “But when they see the dogs, their faces just light up, and it really does make them feel better.”

Children’s Hospital Photo Earns Prestigious Honor

Aliana Santiago at Children's Clinic at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th StreetThis photo of the smiling face of Lehigh Valley Health Network patient Aliana Santiago has been selected as one of 50 in the 2013-2014 Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit.

The picture entitled “Aliana Triumphs” shows the charming girl from Allentown during an examination at the Children’s Clinic, Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street. It was taken by Lehigh Valley Health Network staff photographer Scott Dornblaser.

The exhibit makes its debut at the 2013 Creative Connections Conference, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), March 17-20 in Anaheim, Calif. It also will be on display on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., during the week of June 17 as part of the celebration of CHA Family Advocacy Day, which is June 19.

Children’s ER Trip During Superstorm Sandy Makes Great Story

Girl in Children's ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest plays on iPad

Ellie Keesler, 5, plays with an iPad during her visit to the Children’s ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

As Superstorm Sandy raged outside, Amy and Jim Keesler settled down in their Sellersville, Pa., home to watch a DVD movie with their 7-year-old son, Jarrett, and 5-year-old daughter, Ellie. The opening credits were rolling when Amy, an RN on a medical-surgical unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, heard a loud thud from the end of the sofa. Ellie had fallen and was bleeding pretty badly from the back of her head.

Amy knew it was time to get to the emergency room immediately, storm or no storm. But Sandy wasn’t about to make the trip easy for the Keeslers.  They started north on Route 309 as fierce winds and pelting rain made visibility ridiculous. Much of the trip was in darkness as most street lights and illuminated signs along the way weren’t operational. When they could see, the Keeslers saw blue/green arcs in the air caused by exploding transformers. At one point, Jim Keesler had no choice but to drive directly over a fallen tree. Read More »

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Lehigh Valley Health Network Honors First Responders

The unsung heroes of any hospital are the first responders to an emergency call. To show our appreciation and thank them for all the hard work that they do, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted a series of barbecues at all three hospital sites in celebration of National EMS Week. In a special presentation at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest emergency department ambulance bay, Children’s ER director Andrew Miller, DO, honored the Northampton Regional EMS crew for their efforts in saving the life of 5-year-old Justin. In a tragic accident, Justin got caught underneath a lawnmower as his father was cutting the grass, last August. The Northampton Regional EMS crew’s quick response time and abilities saved the boy’s life. Justin also helped to release doves after the presentation in honor of fallen EMS members.