Health Care

Jan 7, 2021

HMK participates in national medical debt forgiveness effort

HMK Insurance of Bethlehem said it has been able to alleviate $650,000 in medical debt to customers in the Lehigh Valley, thanks to a project by its parent company, the Alera Group.

Jan 6, 2021

Bethlehem’s LifeAire recognized for role in fighting COVID-19

LifeAire Systems of Bethlehem was originally formed more than 10 years ago to create an air purification system for in vitro fertilization. Now its air purification systems are being used by hospitals and health care systems and is being transformed into a tool against COVID-19.

Jan 4, 2021

Op-Ed: When is Pennsylvania going to complete vaccinating its most vulnerable citizens — nursing home residents?

The better question might be: When will many of our nursing homes even receive a date for vaccinations to begin? Some are hearing that it’s not until February.

Jan 4, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 shutdown lifted in Pennsylvania at 8 a.m. today

After about three weeks of shutdown because of the latest spike in COVID-19 leading up to the holidays, bars, restaurants and other food service businesses can start offering indoor service again starting today.

Dec 30, 2020

Dr. Rachel Levine directs vaccine distributers to share doses with private providers

Vaccine distributors across the state will need to direct 10% of each shipment to non-hospital affiliated health care personnel, according to a new order signed by Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine on Wednesday.

Dec 29, 2020

Survey: Company culture may have actually improved during COVID

CHG Healthcare, the nation’s largest privately-held healthcare staffing company, announced the results of a nationwide study of more than 800 U.S. workers, revealing attitudes and sentiments toward workplace culture, working from home, mental health, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dec 24, 2020

Pre-COVID report: ‘Pa. hospitals supported one in nine jobs’

Pennsylvania’s hospitals fueled $143 billion in total economic impact and supported one in nine jobs in the state last year, according to a new report released this week by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

Dec 23, 2020

Electric Vehicle charging stations coming to more Lehigh Valley health care facilities

Electric vehicle charging stations are coming to Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network health care facilities in the region.

Dec 22, 2020

Lehigh Valley Health Network breaks ground on Carbon County hospital

Lehigh Valley Health Network held a virtual groundbreaking today as earth-moving equipment arrived on site of its new Carbon County hospital on Blakeslee Boulevard in Mahoning Township.

Dec 22, 2020

FDA needs more info before approving OraSure oral COVID-19 test

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is requesting more information on the lab-based oral COVID-19 test being developed by OraSure Technologies.

Dec 18, 2020

St. Luke’s names new head of Temple/St Luke’s School of Medicine

St. Luke’s University Health Network has named Dr. Shaden Eldakar-Hein to lead the Temple/St Luke’s School of Medicine in Bethlehem.

Dec 16, 2020

State extends deadline to enroll in new ‘Pennie’ health insurance coverage

"Pennie," Pennsylvania's new health insurance marketplace, has expanded service options and the shopping period for individuals seeking coverage that begins Jan. 1.