Lehigh Valley Health Network Launches CarePages to Help Patients and Families Stay in Touch

Part of caring for patients means helping them stay connected to their extended circle of friends.

Lehigh Valley Health Network is a leader in creating the best patient experience. That’s why we offer CarePages, an online resource to help patients keep in touch with their family and friends while they are in the hospital. With CarePages, you can create a personal profile so people know why you are in the hospital and get an idea of how you are doing; send updates to family and friends; post photos of your road to recovery; use a private e-mail address so you can control who receives your updates and views your photos; and compliment your care team. Patients can access the CarePages tool on lvhn.org.

Researching Cardiovascular Disease with a Smoothie

You might be able to help doctors at Lehigh Valley Health Network determine what causes early cardiovascular disease in obese adolescents and young adults. Pediatric endocrinologist Arnold Slyper, MD and adult cardiologist Martin Matsumura, MD are looking for obese males aged 14-24 to participate in a study. The doctors would monitor post-meal changes in blood factors related to biochemical stress and inflammation after a sugar and fat-containing breakfast smoothie. They want to see if the changes are related to anatomical and functional changes in the major arteries measured by ultrasound . Obesity is a strong risk factor for vascular disease and the physicians already have determined that there is no relationship between vascular wall thickening and LDL or HDL cholesterol. Now they want to look at metabolic changes after a meal to see if they could lead to cardiovascular abnormalities. If you are interested in participating in the study, for which a stipend is provided, or have questions contact Dr. Slyper at 484-664-7850.

Recognized for Excellence

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs, including Lehigh Valley Health Network. This accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. For the first time, the Joint Commission’s 2011 annual report on quality and safety, Improving America’s Hospitals, lists accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that are top performers in using evidence-based processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our colleagues, the Joint Commission recognized Lehigh Valley Hospital for attaining and sustaining excellence in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical key quality measures. Hospitals recognized in this list represent the top 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data.

Home Away From Home

Lehigh Valley Health Network has opened a new family lodging center on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital—Cedar Crest. The Hackerman-Patz House serves as a “home-away-from-home” for families of inpatients who live more than 30 miles from the hospital, as well as patients who must travel back and forth for ongoing outpatient appointments at the health network. “We’re now able to offer these families a convenient, inexpensive place to stay so they can focus on healing and supporting their loved one,” says Ronald W. Swinfard, M.D., the health network’s president and CEO. The 15,000-square-foot facility features 20 private guest rooms. House amenities include a common lounge area, kitchenette, children’s playroom and laundry facilities. Rooms cost $35 per night. Construction of the house was made possible through a generous $2 million gift from Willard Hackerman and his wife, Lillian Patz Hackerman, of Baltimore, MD. For reservations or other details, call 610-402-CARE.

Get Him to the Church—Online!

Instead of attending his son, Jeff’s, wedding in Coopersburg on May 27, 78-year-old Arthur Geyer of Daytona, Fla., was lying in a hospital bed in the Heart and Vascular Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital—Muhlenberg in Bethlehem. Geyer began having trouble breathing several days before the wedding and was admitted to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat. When his nurse, Nancy Throckmorton, learned he would have to miss the ceremony, she worked with other hospital staff and information services technicians to arrange for him to view it live through Skype technology in his hospital room. “That was fantastic,” Geyer said. “I thought I was going to be missing the whole thing.”

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