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Sacred Heart HealthCare System Joins St. Luke’s University Health Network
3/1/2018

With final approval of federal and state regulatory bodies received on February 1st, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) and Sacred Heart HealthCare System have officially completed their merger announced in September.  Sacred Heart – which includes Sacred Heart Hospital in downtown Allentown, Pa., primary care centers at ten sites throughout the Lehigh Valley and senior housing services – has united with Bethlehem, Pa.-based SLUHN, effective today, to enhance the health care and quality of life of Allentown and Lehigh County residents.

With the completion of the merger, SLUHN now consists of 10 hospitals, 315 outpatient sites and 14,000 employees serving 10 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and treating more Greater Lehigh Valley patients than any other health care network.

“The addition of Sacred Heart Hospital and other Sacred Heart entities further positions our Network to continue as the Greater Lehigh Valley’s leading provider of the highest quality care at the lowest cost,” said St. Luke’s University Health Network President and CEO Rick Anderson.  “Together, we will work closely with our newest partner to expand access to quality health care services for the citizens of downtown Allentown and the surrounding community.”

The St. Luke’s/Sacred Heart merger was unanimously approved in September by the Boards of Trustees of both organizations.  The terms allow for Sacred Heart Hospital to maintain its Catholic identity.

John Nespoli has been appointed President of Sacred Heart Hospital, which has been renamed St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus.  Nespoli joined Sacred Heart HealthCare System as President and CEO in 2009.  Previously he oversaw operations at Guthrie Health System in Sayre, Pa., after serving in senior executive roles at health care systems through the Northeast.

“I would like to personally thank John for his outstanding leadership and service at Sacred Heart HealthCare System over the years, and also for playing a critical leadership role in the St. Luke’s/Sacred Heart merger,” Anderson said. “Steeped in the Catholic ethos of caring for others, John’s commitment to Sacred Heart’s legacy in Allentown will serve both St. Luke’s and the community well.”

Anderson said patients can expect St. Luke’s to replicate the success and positive impact it has achieved at its outpatient centers and other hospitals (St. Luke’s University Hospital–Bethlehem, St. Luke’s Anderson Hospital, St. Luke’s Allentown Hospital, St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital, St. Luke’s Miners Hospital, St. Luke’s Monroe Hospital, St. Luke’s Warren Hospital, St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten Hospital and St. Luke’s Palmerton Hospital).

“Over the years, St. Luke’s has established an extremely successful record of working collaboratively and forming successful partnerships with hospitals that have joined our network – in west Allentown, Quakertown and Coaldale, Pa., and in Phillipsburg, N.J., as well as the recently added former Blue Mountain Health System campuses in Lehighton and Palmerton in Carbon County, Pa.,” he said. “We have extended our nationally recognized quality programs to these locations, providing patients with cost-effective care and superior quality second to none as measured regionally and nationally.”

St. Luke’s merger with Sacred Heart is the Network’s second in recent months.  On January 1, Blue Mountain Health System – a health network consisting of two community-based hospitals in Lehighton and Palmerton, Carbon County, as well as physician practices and other entities – joined SLUHN.

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Media Contact: 

Sam Kennedy, Director of Corporate Communications, (484) 526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org


About St. Luke’s 

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 315 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue of $1.9 billion, the network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is a major teaching hospital – the only one in the Greater Lehigh Valley.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 23 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 190 residents.  St. Luke’s is the only health care network in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  Repeatedly, including 2017, St. Luke’s earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital and 50 Top Cardiovascular Program designations, in addition to other honors for clinical excellence.  St. Luke’s, utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system, is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.


Haven House welcomes Sacred Heart Primary Care
10/19/2017

Haven House welcomes Sacred Heart Primary Care to its behavioral health facility in Allentown

 Allentown, PA – October 9 –  Haven House and Sacred Heart HealthCare System are providing services under one roof at the Haven House location, 1411 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109  – enabling community members to access physical and/or behavioral healthcare all in one central location.

Thursday, Oct. 12, was the Grand Opening to celebrate this arrangement, a reverse co-location model of care, which is unique for the Lehigh Valley.  

Haven House has served the region for 60 years by caring, supporting and providing services for individuals affected by mental illness. Due to transportation and other personal challenges, these individuals often struggle to keep appointments at multiple locations, yielding more challenging health concerns. A primary care practice at the same location will greatly enhance and improve the healthcare available to Haven House clients. 

Dr.  Mahmud Ali, M.D. of the Sacred Heart HealthCare System, is the primary care doctor located at 1411 Union Blvd.  He is board certified in family practice and geriatrics.  

Key facts / benefits of this new primary care office:

o   Sacred Heart Primary Care at Haven House is open to ALL community members. Individuals do not have to be clients at Haven House to receive primary care services

o   Convenient access via LANta bus service 

o   Integration of care within the same location has been shown to reduce emergency room visits and improve overall health

o   Dr. Ali  and Sacred Heart staff have a longstanding working relationship with the Haven House medical team, which includes:

§  Psychiatrist and Medical Director Alex Thomas, M.D.

§  Psychiatrist Enrique Lirag, M.D.

§  Kim Garcia, DNP, CRNP  

“This is such a gift and it is going to make such a difference for our clients,” said Jessica Katzbeck, executive director for Haven House. “We are working together so that it becomes an easier transition for individuals to receive services and so that we can serve a higher capacity of people.” 

“We believe that this can be a model for the integration of care and we look forward to helping local residents while learning together with Haven House,” said John Nespoli, CEO and president of Sacred Heart Healthcare System. 

“This project highlights the Lehigh County HealthChoices goal of increasing innovative programs that can meet our members’ whole health needs while developing on-going collaborative relationships and quality, integrated services amongst the providers that assist them,” said Matt Bauder, administrator for Lehigh County HealthChoices. 

“Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania welcomes this co-location of behavioral and physical health providers,” said Tom Walker, account executive for Magellan’s Lehigh Valley Care Management Center. “We know that many of our members are in need of total person and holistic care solutions for serious mental illness and/or co-occurring physical health conditions, and our Wellness Recovery Team and care management staff are excited by this new opportunity.” 

Office Hours:

·       Mahmud Ali, M.D. is a board-certified geriatrician and primary care physician. His office is accepting new patient appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (610) 351-6189. Walk-in appointments are currently available, and patients can also call Sacred Heart on its 24-hour Nurse Line to talk with a nurse or schedule appointments by calling (610) 776-5470.

·       Haven House has behavioral health services appointments available Monday through Saturday by calling (610) 433-6181. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION on Providers: 

Haven House

Haven House is a nonprofit outpatient community mental health clinic that serves Lehigh and Northampton County residents. Its mission is to improve and elevate the independence of individuals having mental illness while supporting recovery and enhancing their quality of life. We provide outpatient therapy, outpatient psychiatric care and medication management, psychiatric rehabilitation services for individuals with severe chronic mental illness, topic oriented support groups and a new Wellness Recovery Team. For more information, go to www.haven-house.com.  

Renovations to the Haven House facility to provide a primary care space were made possible largely through reinvestment dollars courtesy of the Lehigh County HealthChoices program, coordinated through a behavioral health sub-contract with Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, and through private capital donations to Haven House. 

Sacred Heart HealthCare System

With a rich history of more than 100 years, Sacred Heart Hospital is a Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services including bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, endocrinology, rehabilitation and behavioral health services.  A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is ranked among the safest hospitals in the United States, having received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group in 2016 and 2017. It is a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, is nationally recognized in case management, and is a recipient of the American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The Joint Commission recognized Sacred Heart Hospital as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and awarded us with Primary Stroke Center certification. For more information, go to www.shh.org.

For more information on the Lehigh County HealthChoices program, go to www.lehighcounty.org/departments/human-services/healthchoices.

For more information on Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, go to www.MagellanofPA.com.  

Sacred Heart Sleep Disorders Center Receives Reaccreditation from AASM
9/27/2017

ALLENTOWN, Pa. –The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has granted the Sacred Heart Sleep Disorders Center reaccreditation for a period of five years beginning September, 2017. Sleep facility accreditation through AASM includes accreditation for all types of sleep testing including in-center polysomnography (PSG), multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT), maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT) and home sleep apnea testing (HSAT).

This status distinguishes Sacred Heart Hospital as meeting or exceeding national quality of care measures for sleep disorder treatment. An AASM accreditation is the gold standard by which patients, physicians, companies, and the public evaluate sleep disorder centers. To receive this accreditation the Sacred Heart Sleep Disorders Center must adhere to strict practice parameters and quality assurance standards. Hospitals that successfully meet the AASM’s standards for accreditation show a commitment to the awareness of sleep as an important element for health, public safety, and quality of life. 

The sleep specialists at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. At least 12 million to 18 million American adults have untreated sleep apnea, one of the most common sleep illnesses. Once diagnosed, the recommended treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which provides a steady stream of air through a mask to gently keep the airway open throughout the night – making it easier to breathe. 

About The American Academy of Sleep Medicine 

Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) improves sleep health and promotes high quality patient centered care. With nearly 10,000 members, the AASM is the largest professional membership society for physicians, scientists and other health care providers dedicated to sleep medicine. For more information, visit www.aasmnet.org. 

About Sacred Heart HealthCare System

With a rich history of more than 100 years, Sacred Heart Hospital is a Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services including bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, endocrinology, rehabilitation and behavioral health services.  A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is ranked among the safest hospitals in the United States having received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group in 2016 & 2017, is a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery and is a recipient of the American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 


Sacred Heart Hospital Receives Gold Plus Award
6/27/2017

Allentown, Pa, June, 2017SACRED HEART HOSPITAL has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

      To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

      These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

      “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed.  Sacred Heart has made great efforts to deliver care as quickly as possible.  This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Valerie Donohue, Stroke Coordinator.  “Sacred Heart Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
Sacred Heart Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

      “The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Sacred Heart Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

      Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

      As a nurse and former stroke coordinator, Teri Ackerson is aware that every second counts when a stroke strikes. In May 2013, the training she used to help others helped save her own life. Ackerson’s left arm suddenly went numb, she felt the left side of her face droop and she was unable to speak. Despite her symptoms, Ackerson remained calm, made note of the timing of her symptoms and, with the help of her son, proceeded to get treatment quickly.

      “Hospitals that follow AHA/ASA recommended guidelines not only know the importance to treat quickly with tPA, but they also follow evidence-based research that helps to determine why you had a stroke in the first place and report these findings,” said Ackerson, 46, who completed a marathon 26 days after her stroke. “Without the treatment I received, I would not have recovered as well as I did.”

      According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. 

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

Sacred Heart Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers
11/30/2016

(Allentown, November, 2016) Sacred Heart Hospital announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.  

Sacred Heart Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in August, 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. 

“Sacred Heart Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend (name of organization) for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate Sacred Heart Hospital for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Sacred Heart Hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

 “Sacred Heart Hospital is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Valerie Donahue, Stroke Coordinator, Sacred Heart Hospital. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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About The Joint Commission: Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit www.heart.org/myhospital. 


Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation From College Of American Pathologists
12/2/2016

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s director, Diane Guerrero, MT, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“The laboratory’s success is due to the accomplished staff at Sacred Heart. I am very proud of my team and I am thrilled to once again receive the CAP accreditation,” said Laboratory Medical Director James Chidias, MD.

John Nespoli, Sacred Heart President & CEO said: “The Sacred Heart Laboratory team does an excellent job of meeting the high standards and quality control procedures set by CAP as well as providing a very important service to our patients.  We are very fortunate to have such a safe, reliable and qualified staff in our Lab.”

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

About the College of American Pathologists

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at cap.org.

Sacred Heart Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition
11/17/15

(Allentown, November 20, 2015) – Sacred Heart Hospital announced today that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.
Sacred Heart Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, surgical care and stroke. Sacred Heart Hospital is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.
This is the third year Sacred Heart Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. Sacred Heart Hospital was recognized in 2013 for its performance on accountability measure data for pneumonia, surgical care and stroke and in 2012 for heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:
• Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
• Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
• Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Sacred Heart Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Sacred Heart Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said President and CEO John Nespoli, Sacred Heart Hospital. Sacred Heart Hospital is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

Taking Breast Cancer Awareness on the Road
10/16/2015

Allentown, PA---- As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness month and to further the fight against breast cancer, Sacred Heart Hospital and LANta have formed a special partnership to remind women to make their annual mammogram appointment. It’s not a reminder many will miss. A pink Sacred Heart Hospital/LANta bus is now on the streets with the message that early detection is the key to beating breast cancer.

 The leadership of the ATU Local 956 came to LANta Executive Director, Owen O’Neil, with the idea of using LANta buses and employees to raise breast cancer awareness.  The idea was to have a pink bus with bus drivers wearing pink shirts during October.  The union also wanted to make a donation to a breast cancer charity.  “So many LANta employees and their families have been affected by breast cancer and we wanted to do something to help the community,” said Rick Vega, President of the ATU Local 956.  “Being the son of a breast cancer victim and the brother of a survivor, I liked the idea,” O’Neil said. 

 The leadership of the ATU Local 956 came to LANta Executive Director, Owen O’Neil, with the idea of using LANta buses and employees to raise breast cancer awareness.  The idea was to have a pink bus with bus drivers wearing pink shirts during October.  The union also wanted to make a donation to a breast cancer charity.  “So many LANta employees and their families have been affected by breast cancer and we wanted to do something to help the community,” said Rick Vega, President of the ATU Local 956.  “Being the son of a breast cancer victim and the brother of a survivor, I liked the idea,” O’Neil said. 

As a publicly funded entity LANta is not allowed to make charitable contributions.  But LANta periodically buys uniform shirts for its employees so they purchased pink breast cancer awareness uniform shirts.  On Thursday, October 15th the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 956, which represents LANta bus drivers and maintenance workers, were joined by Sacred Heart and LANta leaders for the bus’ inaugural run and for the presentation of a donation of $1,500 to the hospital's Lanshe Breast Center and Parish Nurse Program. 

Since 2009 the Parish Nurses of Sacred Heart Hospital have done extensive outreach in the community about the importance of mammograms. Donations from the local Woman’s 5K Classic and the Susan G. Komen Affiliate Philadelphia also support the Parish Nurses.  Since 2012 Sacred Heart Parish Nurses have been actively engaged in women’s health and breast cancer awareness outreach and education to over 2,300 women.

 In addition, the Parish Nurse program is able to cover the cost of a mammogram for woman who may be uninsured and has helped thousands of women with funding for mammograms or breast cancer treatment.  Sacred Heart is a leader in promoting women’s health and in the fight against cancer.  “The new pink bus will promote the importance of early detection in all the neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley.  We are grateful to the members to the ATU for their commitment to the women of the Lehigh Valley and to Sacred Heart Hospital,” said Holly Edinger, Sacred Heart Hospital Director of Community and Government Relations.

Geoffery G. Hallock, M.D. Awarded Prestigious Fu-Chan Wei Award in Taipei, Taiwan
6/27/14

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.

 

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