Monthly Archives: April 2018

Smoking: Not Easy to Quit but Worth the Health Benefits

April 30th, 2018

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family, says Dr. Jose Guzman of St. Luke’s Brodheadsville Family Practice. Smoking not only increases your risk of lung cancer, but it also can cause a host of diseases including throat cancer, mouth cancer, bladder cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and heart disease,


Orthopedic Care – Patient Success!

April 30th, 2018

Great article in Lehigh Valley Marketplace featuring Dr. William De Long, St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care speaking about his cut last philosophy. Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist until he began feeling a sharp pain in his hip which started to interfere with his activities. Learn how Dr. William De Long of St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care


National Mentoring Award for St. Luke’s Physician Assistant

April 25th, 2018

For the second time in three years, a St. Luke’s University Health Network physician assistant has won the nation’s top honor for mentoring PAs in training. Kenneth D. Sherry, PA-C, has been named the 2018 Preceptor of the Year by the American Academy of PAs and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Sherry has been a


Mathai Chalunkal, MD, of St. Luke’s Wins ACP Young Achiever Award

April 25th, 2018

Mathai Chalunkal, MD, of St. Luke’s Hospitalist Group has been honored by the American College of Physicians (ACP) as a 2018 Young Achiever. The ACP awards this distinction to physicians who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and are among the next generation of leaders in internal medicine. In addition to being honored by the ACP, Dr. Chalunkal will


St. Luke’s Offers ‘Senior Emergency Room’

April 24th, 2018

St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem has launched a Senior Emergency Room program to meet the special needs of emergency department patients who are 75 and older. “St. Luke’s is committed to helping older adults stay as healthy and independent as possible,” explains Carrie Fleckenstein, Senior Network Director for Senior Care Services. “We recognize that with age come unique


St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus to hold 17th Annual ‘Five and Dime’ Road Race

April 23rd, 2018

PALMERTON, Pa. – St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus will hold its 17th Annual “Five and Dime” (5 kilometer /10 kilometer) Road Race and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Palmerton Borough Park, located on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, Pa. The event is presented by St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus Medical Staff. Michael Martinez, MD, chief of surgery


Morbidly Obese Man in 2016 Runs Boston Marathon in 2018

April 16th, 2018

Caleb Oliver of Northampton has undergone quite a transformation, going from morbidly obese on Halloween in 2016 to preparing to run the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018. Caleb weighed in at 377 pounds that Halloween before undergoing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery with Maher El Chaar, MD, the Co-Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Luke’s University Health


St. Luke’s Nurse Springs into Life-Saving Action at Restaurant

April 6th, 2018

On an early February evening Kelley Briggs, a registered nurse in the gastrointestinal lab at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus, was in the middle of dinner at an area restaurant with her husband and stepdaughter when a senior couple being escorted to a table caught her eye. “I never really turn the ‘nursing thing’ off and