Doctors Day Donation to Pediatric Services
Northampton County Medical Society Alliance Celebrates Doctors' Day with Donation to St. Luke's Pediatric Services
Jennifer Janco, MD, St. Luke's Chief of
Pediatrics, accepts donation from
Northampton County Medical Society
Alliance President, Julia Burfeind.
Bethlehem, PA (3/29/2013) – St. Luke's Department of Pediatrics was honored to receive a donation from the board of the Northampton County Medical Society Alliance in honor of Doctors' Day, Saturday, March 30.
National Doctors' Day celebrates the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens.
“I am honored to accept this contribution on behalf of St. Luke's,” said Jennifer Janco, MD, St. Luke's University Health Network’s Chief of Pediatrics.
St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem's Pediatric Department treats thousands of infants, toddlers, school age and older children each year and is dedicated to providing high quality health care, with a special touch just for children. An inpatient hospitalist service consists of physicians specializing in the care of hospitalized children. The Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at St. Luke's Hospital at both the Bethlehem and Allentown Campuses offer the latest technology and developmental techniques to provide the highest level of specialized care for premature and full-term infants with medical problems. St. Luke's KidsCare Centers provide easily-accessible outpatient care, ranging from wellness visits to the care for children with complex care needs. All these areas welcome and encourage family presence and involvement in care.
The Northampton County Medical Society Alliance (NCMSA or The Alliance) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the community through volunteer outreach programs and health initiatives. Membership includes physicians and physician spouses who work or live in Northampton County or Bethlehem. The organization is not aligned with one hospital specifically, but rather supports all the hospitals in the designated area which includes St. Luke’s University Health Network.
The Northampton County Medical Society Alliance is an organization concerned with addressing the health needs of the community. By cultivating a fellowship among its members, the organization is able to promote health related endeavors, thus improving health care for all.
Alliance Highlights/ Recent Accomplishments
- Community Service for Children has selected the Alliance for the 18th Annual Inez and Edward Donley Award for Children’s Advocacy. (to be awarded April 18, 2013). This is in recognition of a long-standing commitment to children and health.
- Donations to Operation Heartthrob program have provided food, nutritional education and counseling to families in need, since 1991.
- Since its inception in 1997, The Alliance has given out about 1500 books and donated over 500 volunteer hours to teach preschoolers in a South Bethlehem Head-Start class about healthy behaviors through the Adopt-a-Class program.
- Adopt-a-Class is a signature program whereby Alliance volunteers visit a Head-Start class each month and cover age appropriate topics such as health, exercise, nutrition and non-violent communication. A healthy snack and exercise are part of the curriculum each month. Children are given a book to keep with each visit, complete with a label with their name on it.
- In 2006, NCMSA created H.E.L.P. fund grants (Health, Education and Literacy Programs).
- To date, $38,000 has been awarded to local non-profit groups including: $10,000 to purchase laptops for the Reading Rocks program; $7,200 to the Third Street Alliance Shelter; $4,600 to the Weller Health Education Center; $2,000 to the Easton Area Neighborhood Center; and most recently, $4,000 to STANDD (Stop Texting and Distracted Driving).
- Commitment to Medical Training and Education: Since 1985, have provided loans and now scholarships to local medical, nursing and physician assistant students.
- Health Education & Public Service: In the past 7 years, The Alliance has visited many preschool classes and taught over 1,500 preschool children about germs and healthy hand washing with the Henry the Hand program.
Northampton County Medical Society Alliance
Director, Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network