For nearly five years, Dolores Gerber endured dialysis while waiting for a phone call from Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Transplant Center. On July 10, 2013, the 74-year-old Pottsville resident got the call and had her kidney transplant – the 900th transplant operation performed at LVHN since the program began in 1991.
Gerber woke up after the four-hour procedure with mixed emotions. “I was thrilled,” she says. “At the same time, it was hard to think someone had to die to make this possible.”
Gerber’s kidney failure is a secondary complication of her diabetes. She did not have any relatives or friends who could serve as a living kidney donor. Because she has a high level of antibodies, it also was difficult to find a matching cadaveric, or deceased, donor. Accepting this kind of challenge is what distinguishes LVHN, says Gerber’s surgeon, Michael Moritz, MD, with LVPG-Transplant Surgery. Read More
Ian Dassylva, Melissa Roth and Ray Jones shared their stories this year about their care at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Ivan Dassylva of Hazleton calls the innovative new heart surgery that saved his life “a miracle.” Melissa Roth of Northampton says she’s amazed by the robotic surgery that eased her pain. Ray Jones of Breinigsville says the caregivers who treated his prostate cancer, “are like family to me.”
These are just a few of the community members who have turned to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) for care this year. Today, LVH’s care received national honors from U.S. News and World Report. For the 18th consecutive year, LVH is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals,” this year in these seven care areas:
Ask endocrinologist Robert McCauley, MD, if he had a good time at Camp Red Jacket, and he’ll smile wide. McCauley and other medical experts helped 46 children ages 6-12 learn to better manage type 1 diabetes this week during the annual camp, held at Camp Fowler in Orefield.
Now in its 13th year, Camp Red Jacket is a free, three-day program. It includes lots of summertime fun – arts and crafts, games and sports. It also includes important skills to help children have a healthy self-esteem and learn more about diabetes care, including blood sugar testing, education on treating low blood sugar, healthy eating, exercise and body image. Read More
It’s summer camp season, and whether you’re a camp counselor, a sports team coach, a volunteer with a local youth group or a lifeguard at a public pool, you probably will interact with children. An estimated 1 of every 400 children has either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. “Given those numbers, it’s likely one or more children who you supervise live with diabetes,” says certified diabetes educator Kathleen Brown, RN, with Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Helwig Health and Diabetes Center.
To help keep children with diabetes safe, Helwig offers an educational program that helps adults learn important facts about diabetes management in children. Topics include: 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.
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.”