Evangelical names new board leadership


                LEWISBURG – Evangelical Community Hospital has named new leaders for the board of directors.  Dr. Julie Barna, DMD, will serve as chair and John Meckley, Esq. has been appointed vice chair. Dr. Barna has served on the board since 2008, most recently as vice chair. She is a founding partner of 2 Dental Divas in Lewisburg and since 2000 she has been a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry. Barna replaces Roger Haddon as chair. Haddon will remain a member of the board. Meckley has been a member of the board since 2010. He has served as chair of the bylaws committee and co-chair of the…

Palliative care practice introduced at Evangelical


  LEWISBURG – A local hospital is adding an additional specialty to support those with serious or life-threatening illness. Evangelical Community Hospital now offers palliative care. The supportive care complements the patient’s medical treatment plan and focuses on controlling and relieving symptoms and stress associated with serious illness.   Dr. Kathryn Giorgini who heads the program at Evangelical says, “With palliative care, patients can live through a serious medical condition with as much quality of life and support as possible.”   Palliative medicine includes inpatient and outpatient care, treatment to relieve symptoms, collaboration with other providers regarding treatment and education for the patient. (Jennifer Wakeman) Follow

More than 300 attend Cookin’ Men


LEWISBURG – There was record attendance last night for the annual Cookin’ Men fundraiser for the Thyra M. Humphrey’s Center for Breast Health.  More than 300 people sampled homemade appetizers, entrees, soups and desserts from 27 male chefs.   Attendees could vote for their favorite dishes.  Participating chefs tried to raise $1,000 each to go towards the cause.  For the first time, the event was held at the new Rusty Rail Brewing Company and ticket holders each received a complimentary hand-crafted beer.   All money raised supports the breast cancer awareness programs at the Breast Center, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured patients.  The fundraiser is part of Paint the Valley Pink, an effort…

Cookin’ Men returns at a new venue


MIFFLINBURG – Male chefs will be cooking up a variety of recipes at the annual Cookin’ Men fundraiser.  The event supports the Thyra M. Humphrey’s Center for Breast Health at Evangelical Community Hospital.  Cookin’ Men will take place next Thursday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg. Organizer Heather Snyder says the fundraiser is needed to support their programs and services at the breast center, “It’s to provide exceptional care to the women, and even the men in this area, that might be facing that diagnosis.  It goes from the initial diagnosis, to the care, to the treatment, and then also the after treatment, because it’s a continuation of…

3D Mammography is saving more lives


LEWISBURG – Today is the first day of October and that means Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and Evangelical Community Hospital are kicking off their annual Paint the Valley Pink initiative.  The effort is held each October to raise awareness about breast cancer research and treatment during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Kenneth Jusko is a radiologist at the Thyra M. Humphrey’s Center for Breast Health and says early detection is key for breast cancer patients, “We still recommend yearly screening mammograms, beginning at the age of 40.  The American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology and breast surgeons  all recommend yearly screening mammograms.” He says they have both 2D and 3D mammography at the…

Hospice of Evangelical seeking volunteers


          LEWISBURG – A Valley hospice is recruiting for new volunteers. The Hospice of Evangelical will hold its annual volunteer training September 14 through 16 at the Evangelical Hospice building located at 235 Hospital Drive in Lewisburg from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The class is free and for anyone interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. You do not need to have experience in healthcare—just a caring heart. Volunteers provide both direct patient support and behind-the-scenes assistance. For more information and to sign up, call 570-522-2955. (Matt Catrillo) Follow

Doctor: Rock Red and recognize your risks


LEWISBURG — February is Rock Red for Healthy Hearts Month, but an Evangelical Community Hospital cardiologist says we should make heart healthy choices all year long.  Dr. Petra Lynch says it is important to recognize your risk factors.   Lynch says ask yourself, “Has anyone in your family, at a young age, had a heart attack?  Do you smoke?  Are you over weight?  Do you not exercise?  Do you have diabetes?  Do you have other vascular disease or blockages?  Do you have high cholesterol?  Do you have high blood pressure?  For women, do you have a history of pre-eclampsia or eclampsia?”   Dr. Lynch says it is important to make lifestyle changes, “The first thing…

February: Rock Red for Healthy Hearts


LEWISBURG — This month the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and Evangelical Community have teamed up to Rock Red for Healthy Hearts.  It is our chance to raise awareness about heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy. Registered Nurse Vicki Krebs is the coordinator of cardiac rehab at the hospital and talks about ways they help to prevent heart attacks and preserve important muscle around the heart, “In the cath lab, they perform right and left heart catheterization.  They take a small catheter and run it into the heart, shoot dye to look for blockages in the arteries of the heart, supplying the muscle with the blood supply.  They are able to…

Changes for this year’s Evangelical Gala


LEWISBURG – The annual Evangelical Community Hospital Gala is taking place in March, and there are some changes for this year’s fundraising event.  There is a new band from Philadelphia called “Paris” that will be performing at the event. Heather Snyder of Evangelical Community Hospital helps organize the Gala, “We have a theme this year.  It’s more of a vintage look and feel.  We are not really pigeonholing into one particular era, but if you had to, it’s probably more of the 20’s that we are looking at.” Last year, $95,000 was raised at the Gala and this year, the committee hopes to raise $100,000. Snyder explained how the proceeds from the event will help…

February is Rock Red for Healthy Hearts


LEWISBURG — During the month of February, Sunbury Broadcasting teams up with Evangelical Community Hospital to draw awareness to heart health.  Rock Red for Healthy Hearts is a series of events, interviews and more to focus on making lifestyle changes that help prevent and fight heart disease.  Sheila Packer, director of community health and wellness at Evangelical, says the key is knowing your numbers, including blood pressure and weight.   Packer said, “We do monthly blood screenings.  We do monthly blood pressure checks.  You can also get your blood sugar checked.  This month we are doing it during our clinic hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Just being aware along with exercise and nutrition and then…