LifeFlight helicopter clips construction crane

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 DANVILLE — A medical helicopter ran into a problem today.  According to Geisinger Health System’s Public Relations Specialist, Mike Ferlazzo, a LifeFlight helicopter clipped a flag on top of a construction crane during its flight back to Danville today.  The crane was being used for construction on the campus of Geisinger Medical Center. The incident happened around 12:20p.m Thursday.  The pilot landed safely on the helipad at GMC and the patient on board was transported into the hospital as planned.  No injuries were reported due to the flag clipping.  There was minimal damage to the helicopter.  Geisinger is conducting an internal investigation.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Evan CFO: Medicaid expansion would help


LEWISBURG — Many people may not know which way to lean in the Medicaid issue.  Jim Stopper, CFO of Evangelical Community Hospital, explained the issue from a local hospital’s perspective.  He said not expanding Medicaid could be costly. “The idea is that federal and state governments are cutting hospital’s reimbursements,” he said. “Without this expanded coverage, uninsured individuals will most likely need free service through bad debts and charity from PA hospitals.” Stopper explained what Evan would need to do if Medicaid is not expanded and reimbursements are cut.  He said, “We will need to cut our expenses, which makes it more difficult for a hospital to continue to provide the quality of patient care…

Shamokin Dam Health Center Focuses on Prevention

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Lewisburg- Michelle Morgan the marketing director at Shamokin Dam Health Center gave the keynote presentation this morning at the Chamber Monthly Meeting at Lewisburg Hotel. Morgan explained the importance of not just a work- life balance, but rather a circle of life balance. Morgan conducted an exercise having people rank their balance on a dozen issues spanning from confidence to physical activity and covering everything from social life to health. While the discussion covered a range of issues she spoke about the importance of chronic illnesses and how they may be brought on by, “ lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and stress.” While Michelle Morgan talked about the risks she added, “It is never…

Susquehanna Music Prep Program


Lewisburg- Today at Lewisburg’s Chamber Monthly meeting, the “Made in the Valley” Moment was presented by the Susquehanna University Music Prep Program .The Susquehanna University Music Prep program is is an instructional music program designed for both children and adults. The program encompasses lessons in voice, piano, organ, harp, and most band and orchestra instruments, as well as group classes that span the ages of infant through adult . The focus in this mornings meeting was on music as a teaching tool for early childhood education. Anne Lawrence, who taught music for thirty-five years in the Lewisburg Area School District, demonstated to the chamber, along with Allison Houtz, how songs can be educational for young…

Ophthalmology clinic coming to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital


  SHAMOKIN — A new ophthalmology clinic will be built on the campus of Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. A groundbreaking was celebrated in January on the $1.2-million clinic, which is expected to be completed in June. The addition is 4,000-square-feet and will be connected to the Geisinger Specialty Care building. The new clinic is for treatment and diagnosis of eye disorders, including cataracts, glaucoma and eye diseases.   Follow

Pa. attorney general rejects lottery contract

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is rejecting Gov. Tom Corbett’s contract to hire a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.   Kane said Thursday that she won’t approve the 20- to 30-year contract with Camelot Global Services because it contravenes the state constitution and it’s not allowed by law.   The contract’s legality is being challenged in court by Democratic lawmakers and the union that represents lottery employees. Corbett can challenge Kane’s decision in court.   Corbett has said he believes Camelot can do a better job than the state in raising lottery profits. Democratic lawmakers criticize Corbett as diverting money from programs for the elderly to a…

Plenty of residents take advantage of a free heart screening

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LEWISBURG – About 100 residents took part in Evangelical Community Hospital’s free heart screening on Thursday at the Community Health Education Center. Deena Carson was drawing blood for the screening.   Carson said, “The lipid panel really breaks down your cholesterol. It does the HDL’s, the LDL’s and the triglycerides. It tells you how everything breaks down. When you just look at a total cholesterol, it gives you just a plain number, so you don’t know how much of that is good cholesterol and how much is bad.”   RN Amy Minnier was checking weight and body fat. She said, “The percentage of body fat refers to the amount of weight that is fat, versus…

Helping crime victims get restitution


MIDDLEBURG – The Pennsylvania Task Force on Restitution has released a report on recommended improvements to state laws and procedures for ordering and collecting restitution from offenders. District Attorney Mike Piecuch is a member of the 39-member task force and explained the importance of restitution for crime victims.   He said, “I have talked to victims and they say, I want them to pay. And they mean that on a lot of different levels. It doesn’t just mean what offenses they plead to, the sentence of supervision or jail time. It also means helping with the economic financial damage that is caused by crimes. A critical component of accountability is to get criminal offenders to…

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

  On The Mark 8:30am: Matthew Brouillette, president of the Commonwealth Foundation–speaking in support of the GOP governor and conservatives everywhere. 9am democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger visits WKOK.   Dan Patrick Show 10am: The last S-I swimsuit model interview, an interview with Rich Eisen.   Michael Smerconish noon: Genetic engineering in newborns…how far should we go?   Steve Jones 3pm: Words about the Paterno reports out last week, more words about dropping Olympic wrestling with Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle, Penn State Football recruiting review and an interview with Bill O’Brien on ‘moving the team forward.’   WKOK news AccuWeather and Sports 5pm: Codi Jade anchoring.   Penn State Nittany Lion Hotline 6pm:…

Icy commute greets Thursday commuters


  SELINSGROVE – State troopers tell us all main highways are just wet, but any untreated or rural road is icy. The Valley was spared the 6-inch snowfall that blanketed parts of Centre County, and the southern tier counties of Pennsylvania. We did receive an inch or so of wet snow, much of which melted in many locations. One crash was reported overnight but no WinterNet announcements are necessary today. AccuWeather is posted at     Follow