Doctor: Enterovirus comparable to the flu

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LEWISBURG — A respiratory virus that is usually not found in the United States has now spread to Pennsylvania. While it has struck fear in many state residents, Evangelical Community Hospital’s Pediatrician Faiz Rahman says Enterovirus is comparable to the flu.   “The strain that everybody is kind of scared of is the Enterovirus D68,” Rahman said. “To tell you the truth, I don’t think it is worse than the flu. It is one of those things, where most of the time it causes symptoms similar to the common cold, but some of the strains could cause you severe respiratory illness.”   Doctor Rahman says it can affect anyone, but it tends to be worse…

Evangelical’s hospice program is turning 25

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LEWISBURG- Evangelical Hospice will be observing their 25th anniversary Thursday.  The flagship program provides care for patients when a cure is no longer possible.   Lorna Ranck, a nurse at the Hospice program for 20 years, says they help to make the rest of a patient’s life enjoyable. “We help people then figure out how they choose to live through that process.  It really is a remarkable journey when we can walk with a patient and the family through that process and help make them make the best of the time they have and make every moment count.”   Kay Holdren has been the director of Evan’s Hospice for 24 years and says that the volunteers…

Patient status sometimes a ‘tough call’

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LEWISBURG — Have you been to the ER lately? Were you there for observation or were you admitted? — Turns out it makes a big difference.   Deb Runkle, Director of Care Management at Evangelical Community Hospital was a guest on WKOK Sunrise Thursday. She says copays and deductibles are very different for an outpatient and an inpatient, and sometimes it is tough to figure out which it is.   “A patient who is in the hospital for observation would be someone who came in and the physician evaluated them and decided that they needed further studies and testing to see what was going on — but they really did not meet the criteria to…

SANE nurses and others speak out about sexual assault

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LEWISBURG – A group of Evangelical Community Hospital nurses were honored Monday for their roles in working with victims of sexual assault.  It was 20 years ago when the hospital started the SANE program, which stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Darlene Rowe is director of the emergency department at Evangelical and helped start SANE, “I started the program in 1994.  The Union County District Attorney at the time called me and said that I botched another case.  He was referring to a rape case that was thrown out of court because the evidence was not collected properly.  Our process definitely needed to change.” Now, nurses who specialize in working with victims of sexual abuse…

Doctor: Allergies thrive in The Valley

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LEWISBURG – Springtime often means more sneezing and watery eyes for folks everywhere – but a local doctor says allergies thrive in the Central Susquehanna Valley.   Dr. Ayn Kerber is a family medicine physician with Evangelical Community Hospital.  She said, “I have heard the area called ‘Allergy Valley.’ I think that with our mix in terms of having a lot of trees around, and such fluctuations in the climate.   With having cold weather to warm weather, and the humid and wet brim that we can have, we are not only going to be getting the tree pollens that come out early, but then also followed by the grass pollens… We definitely live in an…

Doctor believes there will be AIDS vaccine

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LEWISBURG — AIDS has been researched around the world for years and a doctor believes there will be a cure in our lifetime. Dr. Susan Blumenthal was this year’s presenter at the Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture at Bucknell University, hosted by Evangelical Community Hospital.   She said, “I think it is very doable in our lifetime. Ultimately, for a public health doctor, we are looking for a vaccine to prevent the disease in the first place. If you think about the landmark public health accomplishments over the last century, it was because of vaccines. Eradication of small pox and polio are examples.”   Dr. Blumenthal also says chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease…

Evan acquires OB/GYN Lewisburg

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LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital has acquired OB/GYN Associates of Lewisburg.  The hospital’s board of directors made the announcement, saying the purchase of the practice brings together OB/GYN Associates’ successful history of providing comprehensive women’s healthcare and Evangelical’s vision of convenient, accessible and affordable health services for women  in the community.  The full ownership transition will be effective July 1. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Is your child safety seat installed correctly?

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LEWISBURG — If you are like most parents, your child safety seat is not properly installed.   That is why the folks at Evangelical Community Health and Wellness held a child safety seat check Friday at the Evangelical Community Education Center. Deanna Carson, instructor of the car seat certification course spoke about why car seat checks are important, “We see a lot of misuse, maybe they didn’t pick the appropriate seat for the child, maybe it’s not in the car correctly, maybe the harness straps are not being used in the correct manner, so anyone who transports children on a regular basis really should have their car seat checked.” If you did not make it out to…

Evan Gala raises $95,000

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LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital has announced that their annual Gala on Saturday night raised more than $95,000, which will be used to support Evangelical’s Rehabilitation program. The program provides services including physical, occupational and speech therapy to help individuals recover from orthopedic surgeries, stroke, heart attack, cancer care and more.   Nearly 275 people attended this year’s Gala at Bucknell University, which featured a silent and live auction. New this year was the introduction of the auction bidding system called BidPal. Guests were encouraged to use smartphones to place bids on auction items. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Big turnout for “Talk with the Doc”

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LEWISBURG – There was a large turnout Thursday evening for Evangelical Community Hospital’s “Talk with the Doc” panel discussion focusing on heart health. Dr. Petra Lynch was on the panel and explained that most associate smoking with lung cancer, but says smoking is a huge risk factor for heart disease.   Dr. Lynch said, “Smoking actually builds up your cholesterol plaque extremely fast in your blood vessels. It predisposes you for stroke, a heart attack and heart failure at the same time, on top of giving you lung problems.”   She also talked about how diet affects your heart. Dr. Lynch explained, “You need to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, so do not go to any…