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St. Luke’s nurse honored at White House

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Allen Zelno of the Parish Nursing program at St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown, participated in a “Nursing Day” ceremony at the White House, Washington, D.C.

Zelno, second from right in the photo of six persons standing with President Trump and third from right in the photo of four persons with President Trump, was nominated by the Catholic Medical Association and was one of eight nurses selected to attend.

“I am overwhelmed with this show of support for healthcare...

St. Luke’s University Health Network resumes elective surgery

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network resumed elective surgery and certain other related procedures May 11 at its Pennsylvania hospitals and facilities.

“Our hospitals are safe, and we are ready for you,” said William R. Burfeind, MD, St. Luke’s University Health Network Chairman of Surgery.

St. Luke’s Infectious Disease experts have determined that the “stay-at-home” measures put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus have proven effective in the Lehigh Valley region...

St. Luke’s University Health Network conducts 100,000 telehealth appointments

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 by The Press in Focus

More than 1,200 healthcare providers, including physical therapists, at St. Luke‘s University Health Network conducted more than 100,000 telehealth appointments so far during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis from mid-March through April in the Lehigh Valley.

Virtual therapy visits are available for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language pathology, using a smartphone, tablet or computer. So far, more than 3,000 visits have been completed, including evaluations...

LVHN resumes valet parking service

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) reopened valet services May 11 under safety precautions to protect patients, visitors and colleagues at the following locations:

• Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest (Main Entrance)

• Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest (Emergency Department)

• Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest 1240 Building (Cancer Center)

• Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest 1250 Building (Medical Office Building)

• Lehigh Valley Hospital - 17th...

‘I’ve written a play and I didn’t think I could’ The wonder of Touchstone Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival goes online

Friday, May 8, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

You probably don’t think that a third-grader can write a play.

Most of them don’t think so either.

But Touchstone’ Theater’s Young Playwrights’ Festival proves that they can.

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 15th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival will be presented online, 7 p.m. May 9.

Links to the online festival will be posted at noon May 9 on Touchstone’s website:


Third time not the charm for Mayfair at Cedar Crest; arts festival canceled for Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 8, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time is not the charm for Mayfair with the announcement that concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have forced cancellation of the 2020 arts festival.

Mayfair Festival of the Arts was to return May 22-24 for the third year on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown.

The three-day festival, as with Memorial Day, May 24, is regarded as the unofficial start of summer in the Lehigh Valley. The first day of summer is June 20.

On its website, Cedar...

Switch-hitter: Palmer Township plant converts from Major League Baseball uniform manufacturing to making face masks

Friday, May 8, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

With America’s favorite pastime sheltered in place in the dugout, Fanatics, Inc. has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide protective gear for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and proposed temporarily halting baseball team jersey production at the Fanatic’s Palmer Township plant to produce desperately-needed face masks and gowns.


Pa. Music & Arts Celebration canceled at Allentown Fairgrounds’ Agri-Plex; backing urged for virtual ‘Moment of Remembrance’ on Memorial Day

Friday, May 8, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration at the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds, Memorial Day weekend, has been canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society, which produces the event, is partnering with WFMZ-TV, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Jr. and Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council, for an audio-streaming event as part of a nationwide “Moment of...

LCCC offers virtual open-house

Friday, May 8, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will provide seven virtual information sessions via Zoom May 11-14.

Each session focuses on a career pathway. Students who are undecided on a major may attend any of the sessions, as general information will be shared at each of them. A question and answer session will follow the presentations made by faculty in the department.

In addition, after each session with the faculty, participants will have an opportunity to speak with a...