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COVID-19: LVHN suspends outpatient services at numerous locations in Lehigh Valley region

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

As part of its ongoing effort to ensure safety for patients, staff and the community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has temporarily suspended outpatient rehabilitation services at select locations as of March 25.

LVHN will contact a patient if his or her appointment is impacted by the closures. Appointments will be postponed or relocated to a location.

The following outpatient rehabilitation locations have temporarily suspended...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s partners with Coplay, Allentown firms to make face masks, shields

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network, Filament Innovations of Coplay and 3D manufacturer ProtoCAM of Allentown have teamed up to produce 3D printed masks and face shields for health-care providers during the the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We’ve been following the news in Europe related to medical supplies, and I knew we had to act quickly,” said Megan Augustine, Director of St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Simulation Center.

She began working with her team and the...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s urges telemedicine physician visits

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke’s University Health Network is encouraging patients who have a scheduled appointment or want to make an appointment to call their physician’s office to schedule a virtual visit in place of an office visit.

“Staying home is important in a time like this,” said St. Luke’s family medicine physician Dennis McGorry, MD.

“As we are being advised to shelter in place, it should be reassuring to know that your doctor is here for you,”...

COVID-19: LVHN requests donations of PPE materials

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in critical supply.

Face masks are PPE that helps protect health-care providers and non-clinical health-care workers from droplets that may be expelled by a cough or sneeze.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) seeks the community’s help to sew face masks for LVHN.

Those who have a sewing machine and sewing skills are asked to make fabric face masks.

A mask can be used and reused...

COVID-19: LVHN male caregivers asked to shave beards for masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) male caregivers are being asked to shave their facial hair.

Some facial hairstyles compromise the effectiveness of the N-95 face mask, preventing a tight seal around the face.

An N-95 respirator and surgical mask are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are critical during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Said Thomas Whalen, MD, LVHN Senior...

COVID-19: LVHN updates policy about accompanying outpatients

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) continues to take unprecedented, temporary measures to keep our staff and patients safe during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors are not permitted to accompany patients undergoing outpatient infusion or radiation oncology treatments except under these circumstances:

- If the patient requires assistance getting to the registration area, someone may escort the patient. Staff will then take the patient to receive treatment.

- If...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s requires employees to wear face masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has implemented a universal masking policy for its patient-facing Health Care Workers (HCW) and employees.

St. Luke’s made the universal masking decision to protect its patients and staff and to help reduce the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We currently have an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] to undertake this important safety initiative,” said Kara Mascitti, MD, St. Luke’s Medical Director of Health...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s has Incident Command Center

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network is managing the Networks’ response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through its Incident Command Center in Bethlehem.

The Incident Command Center has been organized according to the structure and principles established by United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Incident Command Center is in operation 24/7, staffed by a team of experts, including those who have undergone emergency preparedness training at FEMA’s...

Coronavirus closings: Muhlenberg College cancels summer theater

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Charles Richter won’t be around this summer to celebrate his 40th anniversary as cofounder of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

That’s because there will be no Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) this summer.

“I pulled the plug on Tuesday [March 17] because I think now people are beginning to realize that this [Coronavirus pandemic] is a long haul,” said Richter, MSMT Artistic Director.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 order for nonessential businesses in the...

Coronavirus closings: Civic Theatre dark, artistic staff laid off

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals, has a children’s theater school, an art gallery, and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

The layoffs and closing during the 92nd season of the Lehigh Valley art-deco landmark that...