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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by JIM MARSH in School

Students explore healthcare career opportunities in robotics

Sixty-three St. Thomas More School students participated in a hands-on healthcare educational demonstration at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest June 3.

The students were able to practice hands-on robotics surgery simulation based on an accuracy and dexterity grading system that had them competing for recognition as proficient in the robotics equipment.

They also viewed a demonstration of robotic coronary surgery and were instructed in first aid techniques to stop the bleeding in a severe wound simulation.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Volunteers respond after toxic spill

Western Salisbury Fire Department was dispatched for a “spill” at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest campus about 9:30 p.m. May 22. Such calls are usually routine and indicate that anti-freeze or other fluids are leaking from a vehicle after a fender-bender.

What WSFD Chief Joshua Wells found, as the first responder to arrive at the campus, was definitely not routine.


Thursday, May 23, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Breakfast supports food outreach ministry

Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church members held their final spring community breakfast May 11 at the church along Devonshire Road.

The breakfasts will resume again in September.

Church leader Joshua Fink said the proceeds from the church’s recent community breakfast gatherings would help support the food outreach programs of the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank.

The Saturday morning breakfast activities have been a community outreach activity by church members for many years, Fink said.

Rosie the deliverer: Lehigh Valley Hospital campus at Cedar Crest, Muhlenberg have high-tech robots fill perscriptions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Visitors on a recent behind-the-scenes tour to see the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) drug robot may have expected a “Star Wars” R2-D2-sized mechanical helper scurrying between patient rooms handing out doses of medication.

Instead, they were presented with a room-sized marvel covering some 420-square-feet and containing 60,000 doses of medication at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.

The tour was presented for hospital donors and community leaders by the network’s philanthropy department.

Where have all the bluebells gone?

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

On a good year, the meadow adjacent to the Lock Ridge Furnace Park, in Alburtis, is awash in a sea of bright blue flowers – bluebells that visitors from far and near eagerly anticipate news of a spring bloom.

This year, as was the case last year, not so much. Instead of the brilliant blue hue, the meadow is pretty much green, with a here and there smattering of bluebells past their prime, and the annual scourge of yellow dandelion.

Where have all the bluebells gone? What happened to the magnificent blooms that drew so many fans in mid-April in 2008, 2013 and 2015?

Bluebells? Or not bluebells?

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Are the bluebells that appear each spring in meadows adjacent to the Lock Ridge Park and Furnace Museum really bluebells? Or are they some other example of popular wild floral species?

A letter to the East Penn Press editor raised that question a few seasons back after a photo of the flowers appeared in an edition of the newspaper. The writer said the flowers appeared to her to be “blue hyacinths.”


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

‘Thank you for saving my life’ cancer survivor exclaims to surgeon at reunion

“Thank you for saving my life,” were the first words cancer survivor Jennifer Newland, 47, of Roseto, spoke to her colorectal surgeon John S. Park, M.D., as she rushed to embrace him at a colon cancer community information forum held March 7 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

Newland was at the forum as a testament that colon cancer, caught early enough, can be overcome.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Students prepare warming center snack bags

St. Thomas More School students have been assuring that patrons of the overnight warming center at the Allentown YMCA get an evening snack to tide them over until morning.

The students’ families have been providing protein bars, crackers, applesauce containers and other provisions for the students to place in decorated paper bags for distribution at the center which provides shelter and beds during the winter nights for those who have no other place to stay.

Students throughout all the grades decorate the bags with caring messages and positive thoughts.


Thursday, February 14, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

New pediatric unit opens

A new inpatient pediatric unit opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor of the Fred Jaindl Family Pavilion on the Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus.

The unit features 30 private rooms and has a number of amenities and features designed to give young patients a comforting place to get well and families space to support young patients during their hospital stay.