Monthly Archives: February 2020

Coronavirus Update from Dr. Kara Mascitti

February 28th, 2020

I am sure all of you have heard updates this week from the CDC warning us that the situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. is no longer an “if”, but a “when”.  That means that based on increasing global spread, we can and should expect to see sustained transmission in our country.  What


Laundry for a Community in Need

February 24th, 2020

St. Luke’s University Health Network and Laundry on Linden are giving low- and no-income people laundry services – plus medical care and a sense of community. According to data collected in 2019 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than 500 people, including many children, are homelessness in Lehigh and Northampton counties. For


Stop the Bleed Program Brought to Nazareth Intermediate School

February 21st, 2020

St. Luke’s University Health Network recently provided “Stop the Bleed” training to 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls in Nazareth Intermediate School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) program. St. Luke’s “Stop the Bleed” efforts are part of a national trauma initiative to provide training on how to control bleeding in the event of an accident or injury, and


Ashland Family Practice Welcomes Nurse Practitioner Bettina Heinsohn

February 21st, 2020

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) Bettina Heinsohn recently joined the clinical team at St. Luke’s Ashland Family Practice where she assesses, diagnoses and treats a variety of common acute and chronic diseases. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner, she sees adult patients and children, ages 5 and up. Bettina grew up outside


Easton Hospital Shifts Labor and Delivery

February 12th, 2020

Easton Hospital, a member of the Steward Health Care family, has partnered with St. Luke’s University Health Network to provide maternal and newborn services. “St. Luke’s has an excellent obstetrics program and the best facilities around,” said Linda Grass, President of Easton Hospital.  “This collaboration enables our patients to continue receiving their obstetrical and gynecologic


New Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Opens

February 7th, 2020

St. Luke’s University Health Network unveiled its new, eight-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) during a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem. The new unit will open to patients Monday. “We are thrilled that children and their families will be able to remain in the region and within St


VNA President Elected to Top Post on Statewide Homecare Board

February 7th, 2020

Lisa Giovanni, President of the St. Luke’s Visiting Nurse Association, has been chosen to serve as president-elect of The Pennsylvania Homecare Association, a state trade association representing nearly 700 organizations that provide care and support to individuals in their homes. Giovanni, RN, MSN, has been active in PHA leadership, serving on the board of directors and


U.S. Government Report: St. Luke’s Hospitals Best in Lehigh Valley

February 4th, 2020

In its annual comprehensive quality and safety review, the U.S. government ranks St. Luke’s University Health Network hospitals higher than all competitors in their markets. St. Luke’s campuses were the only hospitals in the greater Lehigh Valley to earn the highest five- and four-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). “We are