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Open House for Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Are you ready for health insurance open enrollment?  Many health insurance plans begin open enrollment on October 15th. Sacred Heart Hospital is hosting a health insurance Open Enrollment Open House on Tuesday, October 20th from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Sigal Center, located at 450 Chew Street, Allentown. This event is open to the public, and will help answer your questions about health insurance, open enrollment, and how to choose which plan is right for you and your family.

Information on Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and Marketplace plans will be available.  Each vendor at the Open Enrollment Open House will have a bilingual representative to answer questions and provide information in Spanish. The event is family friendly and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, call Sacred Heart’s Wellness Navigator, Milagro “Millie” Serpas, at 610-821-1366.

Pocket Park Pops Up on Chew Street Due to Community Collaboration

Citizens Park officially opened on September 3rd when a group of community leaders cut the ribbon to the beautiful pocket park at 619 Chew Street. Sandwiched between two homes, the park is surrounded by colorful landscape murals on the walls of the adjacent homes painted under the direction of lead artist Matt Helm. Along with the murals, new trees, benches, grass, and plants were added so neighborhood residents would have a lovely spot to visit and relax. 

The property was donated to Sacred Heart Hospital in 2013 by Pat and Jack Pressman, longtime Allentown residents and employees of Sacred Heart.  Sacred Heart in turn offered the lot to the community and the vision for the park was developed by the residents of the Jordan Heights neighborhood. Wells Fargo Bank invested over $20,000 to the development of the park.  Wells Fargo employees joined neighborhood residents in volunteering their time to clean-up and plant the park.  But it didn’t stop there, along with the above-mentioned organizations; it was a collaborative effort that included Community Action Development Corp of Allentown, City of Allentown, United Youth Party, Housing Authority Development Corp, Brown Design, Rodale Institute, State Rep. Peter Schweyer and Upside Allentown.

This beautiful park is now open and ready for folks to visit for a few minutes of quiet reflection, to read a book or just enjoy the scenery thanks to everyone working together, and of course the Pressman family, pillars in the community whose generosity will be felt for years to come. 

Community Partners Come Together at Sacred Heart’s

Allentown, PAOn Tuesday, July 28th Sacred Heart distributed over 600 back packs and vouchers for free school uniform polo shirts to children entering kindergarten through twelfth grade this fall.  Representatives from several Lehigh Valley community organizations came together at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Sigal Center for Family Medicine for the 4th Annual Healthy Kids…Back to School event to get kids ready for school. Each child took home from a Morning Call book drive where they collected over 1500 books so each child could do some summer reading.  The 4th Annual Healthy Kids…Back to School event also included information on how to stay healthy with exercise and healthy eating tips, information on pediatric services, and a wheel of freebies game that quizzed the children on healthy choices.  But the real hit of the day was an appearance from FeERROUS, the IronPigs mascot, who danced with the kids and got them moving around to the music that was provided by a live DJ.  They also loved the sun butter & jelly sandwiches from Capital Blue Cross and the balloon animals and face painting.

All this was made possible thanks to generous funding from the IronPigs Foundation and The Allentown Health Bureau.  The voucher for the free school uniform polo shirt can be redeemed at The Archive, 627 Hamilton Street, Allentown.

The event, developed in 2011 during Sacred Heart’s 100th Anniversary celebrations, was established to give back to the families in the immediate neighborhoods surrounding Sacred Heart Hospital and better prepare the children for school.  In an effort to grow the 2015 event, Sacred Heart reached out to these additional partners who also found it in their hearts to positively impact children from center city Allentown neighborhoods:

Aetna – Information for community members

Allentown Health Bureau – Fruit and Veggie Truck

AmeriHealth Caritas – Information for community members

The Archive – Provided a discount to Sacred Heart Hospital for the purchase of backpacks

Barb Moore – Creative balloon flowers and animals

Capital Blue Cross – Healthy snacks of sun butter & jelly sandwiches

Central Catholic High School – Cold water and helpful volunteers

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Hardworking interns and mascot, FeRROUS, on hand to greet the children

Sacred Heart Hospital –Wheel of Freebies, Pediatric Information, Face Painting, Wellness Navigator

Senator Pat Browne’s Office – Community Information

Representative Peter Schweyer’s Office – Community Information

The Morning Call – Book collection resulting in 1,500 free books distributed to children

Weller Health Education Center – Healthy exercises, fun games for the participants

Grand Opening of 5th Floor of the Sacred Heart Tower

This week Sacred Heart Hospital unveiled renovations it has made to its 5 Tower medical floor which is now home to 18 private rooms for the recovery for surgical patients. The renovated space is designed around Sacred Heart’s patient-centered philosophy of care. The space is personal and warm. Smaller nursing stations are now physically closer to the patient rooms so clinical staff are more accessible to the patients and their families.

In addition the floor was remodeled to have lounge areas for families and friends. These spaces have access to refrigerators and water/ice stations. The patient rooms also have accommodations for family members to stay overnight and provide support to the patient. Sacred Heart understands that recovery can be both physical and emotional and having family support can make a difference in helping a patient to return home quicker.

All rooms contain wireless access to a new state of the art electronic medical record system giving physicians, nurses and patients immediate access to information critical for their care.

Major funding for this project came from Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, The Air Products Foundation, Harry C. Trexler Trust and the ’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

General Contractor:  Boyle Construction

Architect: MKSD Architects

Geoffery G. Hallock, M.D. Awarded Prestigious Fu-Chan Wei Award in Taipei, Taiwan

Allentown, PAGeoffrey G. Hallock, M.D. was recently awarded the Fu-Chan Wei Award for Excellence in Reconstructive Surgery at the annual Chang Gung-Mayo Clinic Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan during their Gala Banquet. The Fu Chan Wei Award recognizes international expertise and a lifelong commitment in the area of reconstructive microsurgery, and was named in honor of Fu Chan Wei, M.D., acknowledged as the number one microsurgeon in the world.  Dr. Hallock is the 5th recipient of this prestigious award.   While attending the symposium, Dr. Hallock also presented several topics including “The 4P’s that Make a Microsurgeon—Persistent, Perfectionist, Pragmatist, and Paranoid.”  These character traits probably describe all surgeons well, especially the last quality in this day and age of the practice [or business] of medicine.

Dr. Hallock is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, general surgeon, and hand surgeon, who is well-known nationally and internationally for his reconstructive work in addition to microsurgery.  His engineering background includes a Bachelor in Science degree in Physics from M.I.T., tempered by his being named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete upon graduation.  He received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and trained in general surgery at Dartmouth in Vermont & New Hampshire. He then completed a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina including a brief cosmetic surgery fellowship in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Hallock is an active member of numerous plastic surgery societies and a prolific writer on many different plastic surgery topics, having authored more than 400 journal articles and 62 book chapters.  He is an associate editor of almost every major plastic surgery journal.  Some also say he has no sense of humor, but it is well known that he can prevent sleep deprivation on all continents.

Dr. Hallock has been a dedicated surgeon in the Lehigh Valley for 33 years, primarily at Sacred Heart and St. Luke’s Hospital.  He provides his surgical expertise in reconstructive surgery in addition to microsurgery to include skin grafting, carpal tunnel surgery, tendon repairs for hand injuries, complex wound management, repair of MOHS procedures after skin cancer removal, and free flap body tissue transfers of any part to another where missing.  As of June, 2014, Dr. Hallock and his superb team have performed over 950 free flap surgeries.  With the help of his colleagues, patients in the Lehigh Valley will continue to receive the exceptional care they need without having to travel far from home.

Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Seminar at Sacred Heart Hospital

Allentown, PA Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention seminar will be presented at Sacred Heart Hospital on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor Conference Center.  The Department of Justice estimates that there are 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the U.S.  Of America’s 400,000 annual runaways, 1 of 3 is lured into prostitution within 48 hours.  Human trafficking is happening right here in the Lehigh Valley and because of our proximity to New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. we should be particularly concerned.  There is a great misunderstanding in the health care profession regarding the awareness of and prevention of human trafficking.  Nurses and other healthcare professionals do not have the necessary knowledge or skills to identify and care for clients subjected to human trafficking. The goal of this program, presented by Christine and Mike Scheirer of Valley Against Sex Trafficking (VAST), is to bring awareness to health care professionals about human trafficking in our area.  The hope is that health care professionals will become adept at recognizing and intervening with the care of the person involved in human trafficking. This seminar, which will provide continuing education credits for those who qualify, is open to those who are interested and has attracted the attention of the FBI, Health and Human Services, and the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services of Philadelphia.  Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention is presented by Sacred Heart Parish Nursing and Sacred Heart Hospital.  Please call 610-871-5888 to register if you plan to attend.



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