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April Community Health Lectures

St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network Announces April Community Health Lectures

Bethlehem, PA (4/6/2011) - Registration is required for these programs through St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES. The programs are free of charge, unless a cost is indicated in the description.

Locations include St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus, St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Campus, St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital , St. Luke’s Bone & Joint Institute in Quakertown and St Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center. Directions to these locations and additional course listings may be found at http://www.mystlukesonline.org/events/classes-events.aspx.


Oh My Aching Feet: Common Foot Problems and Solutions

Do you have heel spurs, corns, calluses, hammertoes, heel pain or diabetic feet? Find out symptoms, conditions and treatment options for common foot problems.

Presented By: Brent Bernstein, DPM
Podiatry Associates of the Lehigh Valley

Tuesday, April 12
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Fireside Waiting Room
Main Entrance
St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center


Heart Healthy Women:  Eating Heart Healthy and Managing Stress

Did you know that heart and vascular disease is the leading cause of death for American women? It’s never too late or too early to practice preventive health for your heart! Learn how to make good food choices that will enhance heart health and activities for relieving stress.

Presented By: Debbie Cooper, RD, LDN
Clinical Nutrition Manager St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network

Stuart Horowitz, MSW, LSW, LCSW, ACSW, QCSW
Psychotherapist
St. Luke’s Institute for Behavioral Health

Wednesday, April 13
6 – 7:30 pm
1st Floor Education Center
St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus


Hospice – Strength When You Need it the Most

Just what is hospice? When and why would you have hospice? How does it work?

Presented By: Nina S. Metzler RN, BSN – Hospice Liaison
St. Luke’s Hospice, a program of the VNA of St Luke’s

Thursday, April 14
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wieand Conference Room
3rd floor East Wing
St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus


Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome is a common often unrecognized condition that may be a cause of insomnia or excessive daytime drowsiness. Recent associations with medical conditions such as hypertension and mood disturbances have been discovered. This session will explore the possible causes, significant effects on quality of life and various treatment options, both with and without prescription medications.

Presented By: Suneel Valla , MD
Board Certified Sleep Specialist

Thursday, April 14
6 – 7 pm
Taylor B Conference Room
St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital


Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Free Informational Seminar

The informational seminar is presented by bariatric surgeons Dr. Leonardo Claros and Dr. Maher El Chaar. It is intended for those people who are considering bariatric surgery and want to learn more about the procedures offered and expected results.  The session is free, but registration is required. Please indicate if you will be bringing an adult guest with you. We ask that you do not bring children.

Friday, April 15th
1 - 3 pm
1st Floor Education Center
St. Luke’s Hospital - Allentown Campus


Diabetes Day at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital

An afternoon of talks on diabetes-related topics, meet the diabetes educator and dietitian from St. Luke's Diabetes Education Center, learn about classes and individual one-on-one diabetes education at Quakertown Hospital. Meet outside vendors of diabetes products.

1 - 2 pm:Meet the Vendors/ Meet the Staff

2 - 3 pm: Diabetes and foot problems presented by Dr. Brent Bernstein, DPM

3 - 3:30 pm: Nutrition tips for healthy living

3:30- 4:00 pm: Helping Your Partner Adjust to Your Diabetes -- This talk is for the partners of people with diabetes. Learn the basics of diabetes, the impact of diabetes on the relationship, lifestyle changes for management of diabetes, and coping skills for the partner.  Presented by Justine Fierman, CRNP.

Presented by Staff of St. Luke’s Diabetes Education Center

Saturday, April 16
1 – 4 pm
Taylor A & B Conference Room
St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital


Life doesn’t have to be a pain in the …Knee

Learn more about symptoms, conditions and treatment options from our orthopaedic specialists.

Presented By: William DeLong, MD, St. Luke’s Orthopaedic Specialists

Tuesday, April 19
6:30 – 7:30 pm
1st Floor Education Center
St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus

Presented By: Brett Gibson, MD, St. Luke’s Orthopaedic Specialists

Thursday, April 21
6:30 – 7:30 pm
1st Floor Conference Room
St. Luke’s Bone & Joint Institute, Quakertown


Haven't worn shorts in years?  Varicose Veins – it’s not just a cosmetic condition!

Nearly 24 million Americans suffer from venous reflux disease, a condition which can cause varicose veins and pelvic congestion syndrome. These are serious health conditions - if you suffer from any of the following symptoms, come learn more about symptoms and treatment options for Venous Reflux Disease.

  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Skin changes and skin ulcers
  • Varicose veins
  • Pain
  • Swollen limbs
  • Pelvic discomfort

Presented By: Amy Lipscomb, MD, St. Luke’s Heart & Vascular Center

Wednesday, April 20
6:30 – 7:30 pm
1st Floor Education Center
St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus


When Failure is Not an Option

What is heart failure? Learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms and how to prevent and manage heart failure.

Presented by: Prasanna Sugathan , MD
St. Luke’s Cardiology

Susan Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CHF Care Coordinator
St. Luke’s Home Health & Hospice

Monday, April 25
6:30 – 8 pm
1st Floor Education Center  
St Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus


Breathe Easy: Keeping Your Lungs Healthy

We all know that not smoking is the best preventative measure to keep lungs healthy. Smoking causes the majority of lung cancers, both in smokers and in people exposed to second-hand smoke. Exposure to certain chemicals and excessive alcohol use can also increase risk.  Join Dr. William Burfeind and Dr. Matthew Puc when they discuss lung cancer, its symptoms and advanced treatments. Also, learn what you can do to prevent lung cancer and keep lungs healthy.

Presented By Thoracic Surgeons: William Burfeind, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery
St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network

Matthew Puc, MD
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Associates
St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network

Tuesday, April 26
6 - 7 pm
Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center
Lecture Room 2
St. Luke’s Hospital - Bethlehem Campus


Breast Cancer: Environmental Risk Factors for Breast Health and Disease

We are not helpless in the face of cancer risk. Environmental factors may influence the risk of developing breast and colon cancer. Dietary intake, obesity, exercise, Vitamin D, calcium, soy products and other lifestyle changes can reduce our fears and risks of breast cancer.

Presented By: Marian McDonald, MD
Keystone Surgical Associates

Tuesday, April 26
6:30 – 7:30 PM
1st Floor Education Center
St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus


Cardiac Rehab...What's Next after Heart Surgery

Learn how to get your heart back to optimal health after heart surgery.

Presented By: William Merkert, MS, Exercise Physiologist

Wednesday, April 27
6 - 8 pm
Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center
Lecture Room 2
St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Campus


Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Free Informational Seminar

The informational seminar is presented by bariatric surgeons Dr. Leonardo Claros and Dr. Maher El Chaar. It is intended for those people who are considering bariatric surgery and want to learn more about the procedures offered and expected results.

The session is free, but registration is required. Please indicate if you will be bringing an adult guest with you. We ask that you do not bring children.

Thursday, April 28
7 – 9 pm
Fireside Waiting Room
Main Entrance
St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center