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COVID-19: LVHN innovates for N-95 masks

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by The Press in Business Showcase, Focus

With shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the United States because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is extending the use of N-95 respirator masks used by caregivers as protection against the virus.

LVHN colleagues are recycling surgical wrap, common blue sanitary sheets that protect operating room instruments before they are used, to make coverings for N-95 masks.

“There’s a sense of urgency as its been well documented that health-...

COVID-19: LVHN adds test locations

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by The Press in Business Showcase, Focus

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) added two more LVHN Assess and Test locations, effective March 19, and expanded hours.

New Test and Assess locations

- LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test - 17th Street, 1730 W. Chew St., Allentown. 18104

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test – Muhlenberg, 2604 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. 18017

Monday - Friday: 8...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s requests PPE items

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by The Press in Business Showcase, Focus

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States, health-care systems are preparing for potential nationwide shortages of critical supplies.

While St. Luke’s University Health Network now has an adequate stock of necessary items, officials want to be prepared for shortages that might occur in the future.

St Luke’s is accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies from employees, patients, friends, family members and community partners.

The...

COVID-19: Elective surgery limits at LVHN, St. Luke’s

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by The Press in Business Showcase, Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St. Luke’s University Health Network have issued a joint statement about surgical services.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surgeon general, Jerome Adams MD, and the American College of Surgeons have recommended that hospitals limit elective surgical procedures.

The measures are intended to allow hospitals to be prepared for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases, as well as to limit patient and caregiver exposure.

LVHN...

COVID-19: New York City contact poses risk

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by The Press in Business Showcase, Focus

If you have been in New York City or exposed to someone who has traveled there in the past 14 days, you may be at heightened risk for contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).

While this is not a formal declaration from a state or federal agency, the alert represents observations that Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) medical professionals have made regarding the cohort of positive COVID-19 cases in Eastern Pennsylvania.

For the safety of patients and colleagues, LVHN colleagues...

Growing Green: Heavenly hellebores include the Lenten Rose

Friday, March 20, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Winter-blooming hellebores have extensive, woody root systems that enable them to thrive and bloom in freezing temperatures.

The earliest blooming hellebores (Heleborus foetitus) in the Lehigh Valley can bloom as early as December and may continue into April. In a cool spring, some species will continue blooming into May, by which time they will set seed and stop producing flowers.

There are about 20 species of hellebores. However, the ones you are most likely to find in area...

Concert Review: Guitarist Steve Hackett still the heart of Genesis

Friday, March 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It’s been announced that Genesis is reforming with Phil Collins, but without Peter Gabriel or Steve Hackett.

Anyone in the audience at Steve Hackett’s concert March 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, might well think that the new group will not be the true Genesis.

Genesis was the epitome of progressive rock until, for better or worse, Gabriel and Hackett left and the band took a commercial pop direction.

At Miller Symphony Hall, Hackett and his band did the entire...

Coronavirus A&E closings: State Theatre, Penn’s Peak, Sherman Theatre extending postponements through April

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronoavirus pandemic on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues through April and beyond, with concerts at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Penn’s Peak and Sherman Theater postponed, productions at DeSales University and Touchstone Theatre canceled, and the entire 40th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre on hiatus.

The wave of coronavirus closings washed across the Lehigh Valley with the Allentown Art Museum; Civic Theatre of...

Healthy Geezer: Don’t look CMT in the mouth

Friday, March 20, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My 40-year-old son was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. What can he expect from this as he gets older?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) was identified in 1886 by three physicians: Jean-Martin Charcot (sharr-KOE) and Pierre Marie, both in France, and Howard Henry Tooth, in England.

CMT is also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN). CMT is a group of related conditions caused by inherited mutations in genes.

While you probably have never...

Keil-Bistline:

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Bruce and Dr. Loretta Keil, of Allentown, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Marie Keil, to Christopher William Bistline, son of Ronald and Linda Bistline of Pennsauken, N.J.

The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in forensic chemistry from York College, York County, in 2009 and a Master of Science in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Sciences, Philadelphia, in 2012...