Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

LVHN Coordinated Health opens virtual orthopedic injury center

Sunday, April 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Coordinated Health, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), has introduced the region’s only virtual orthopedic injury center where patients can receive care anywhere at any time for orthopedic injuries like sprains, strains, suspected fractures and breaks and back pain.

By using virtual-visit technology, Coordinated Health is helping reduce a patient’s potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by eliminating any unnecessary trips outside the home.

St. Luke’s discharges 500th COVID-19 patient

Sunday, April 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network discharged its 500th COVID-19 patient on the afternoon of April 24.

Debra Kannapel, 60, of Freemansburg, left St. Luke’s Anderson Campus to the applause of staff as the “Rocky” movie theme song played over the intercom.

Among the patients St. Luke’s has discharged are many who were on ventilators. St. Luke’s has extubated about 50 patients across its Network.

St. Luke’s, Lehigh University, collaborate on method to sanitize N-95 face masks

Sunday, April 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

As hospitals and other frontline organizations attempt to secure large quantities of life-saving supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has also been the need to identify quicker, more efficient ways to clean and sterilize those items, particularly N-95 face masks.

St. Luke’s University Health Network anesthesiologist, Christopher Roscher, MD, anticipated the need and an idea began to form.

St. Luke’s screening workers at plants in region to mitigate coronavirus spread

Sunday, April 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s Occupational Medicine is providing COVID-19 screening services to protect the health and well-being of workers at Lehigh Valley region firms and to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Nestlé Waters and Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery, both Breinigsville, and Piramal Critical Care, Bethlehem, are among companies that have teamed up with St. Luke’s to protect their workforce, helping to ensure their plants can remain open and operations continue in a safe environment.

Movie Review: ‘The Way Back,’ indeed

Friday, April 24, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Motion pictures screened for reviews in this column just before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unreeled the multiplexes and other film venues in the name of social distancing couldn’t have more ironic titles.

First there was “Onward,” seen March 11 at the AMC Allentown 16, Catasauqua Road, Allentown. The review of that movie, now available digitally for home-viewing, was published in the April 15 Focus section of the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and soon after on the Press websites.

WFMZ telecast to spotlight seniors in area high school musicals salute

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While the 18th annual Freddy Awards won’t be presented in 2020 because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a television show in lieu of the awards show will be broadcast.

The TV show will salute high school seniors who were part of musicals scheduled to be presented at their schools.

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast 6:30 p.m. May 21, 69-WFMZ, a partner with the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, in presenting the awards show.

LVH-Muhlenberg discharges first COVID-19 patient after having been on ventilator

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Chris McMillan is back home in Bethlehem. He says he feels less than 50 percent of his usual self, but he’s glad to be home.

McMillan was discharged April 6 from Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) - Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, after a difficult 15-day struggle battling COVID-19.

He spent eight days in an induced coma on a ventilator, which was removed April 2. McMillan was the first coronavirus patient at LVH-Muhlenberg to come off a ventilator.

St. Luke’s Health Network uses remote monitoring for patients

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is one of the first institutions worldwide to use Masimo SafetyNet™ to monitor in-hospital patients as the network seeks innovative solutions to care for the surge of patients infected by COVID-19.

Patients at St. Luke’s University Health Network Bethlehem diagnosed with COVID-19 were outfitted March 30 with Masimo SafetyNet. Non-COVID-19 patients are also being monitored with the system in general medical-surgical units.

St. Luke’s Anderson discharges 100th COVID-19-treated patient

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s Anderson Campus, Bethlehem Township, discharged its 100th COVID-19 patient April 15.

Curtis Ding of Forks Township, the 100th patient, spent 10 days at the Anderson Campus. He was admitted to the medical-surgical unit and after a few days he was transferred to the ICU.

St. Luke’s University Hospital Network has discharged about 450 COVID-19 patients who are now recovered or on the road to recovery.

Among the discharged patients are many who were on ventilators. Network-wide, St. Luke’s has extubated about 50 patients thus far.

LVHN coronavirus testing criteria updated

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) criteria for testing individuals suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated.

The new criteria have been implemented at all Assess and Test Centers in the LVHN network.

Under the new criteria, only symptomatic people ages 65 and over, symptomatic people at a higher risk of complications and other defined symptomatic at-risk people will be tested for COVID-19.