Lehigh Valley Hospital Home to First Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pa.

We’re the very first in the state of Pennsylvania and one of the first three in the entire nation. On Oct. 30, Lehigh Valley Hospital was officially certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.  It means if you suffer a stroke, regardless of severity, you will receive the highest standard of care available in the country at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Read More »

Trauma Survivor Recovers to Run Marathon for Via, Finishes 12th

One year ago, Kevin Becker was fighting for his life inside Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Mattioli Trauma Center after suffering a serious fall at East Stroudsburg University. Not only is Becker now back to school, he’s reaching new heights. The athletic 22-year-old recently not only completed the half-marathon at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon for Via, but he finished 12th overall at a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 29 seconds. Afterward he met up with one of his doctors, physiatrist Wayne Dubov, MD, who also competed in the half-marathon and finished in the top 40, seven minutes behind Becker. “It was a great day, and catching up with Dr. Dubov afterward was a great moment,” says Kevin’s mom, Jeanmarie Becker.

Lehigh Valley Hospital Named One of America’s Top Hospitals by US News & World Report

For the 17th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Hospital ranks as one of the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. The 2012-13 list recognizes us among the nation’s leading hospitals in three categories: gastroenterology (#29), orthopedics (#40) and pulmonology (#50). We’ve made the list in at least one specialty area every year since 1996, with a grand total of 37 specialty categories. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network Provides Caring, Compassionate, Culturally-appropriate Care

Carole Handley, RN, of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU), doesn’t know for sure if her patient made it back to his family and community in Kentucky before he passed away. But in her heart, she believes he made it. Initially, her patient traveled from Kentucky to Pennsylvania to receive care in one of the nation’s only facilities that provides behavioral health care to members of the plain community. Knowing our reputation for providing culturally-appropriate care, the patient’s family brought him here. That’s where caregivers realized he wasn’t suffering from depression, but from a terminal neurological disease. “I had to be sensitive to their wishes,” Handley says. “When they asked if they could bring him back to Kentucky, I didn’t think about saying no. I knew how important it was to them. I only asked myself how we can get this done.”  When his family and friends arrived to pick him up in a van, Handley and her colleagues positioned him so he could be transported safely. “I think they made it,” says Handley. “I have to believe they made it.”

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.