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Community Invited to FREE Virtual Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccine
February 15, 2021

St. Luke’s University Health Network, PPL Electric Utilities, Faces International and Union Baptist Church will hold a free virtual discussion for the community on the COVID-19 vaccine, its origins, its effectiveness and its availability on Friday, February 19 from 6:30 – 8 pm.

“Your Questions Answered: A Community Discussion on the COVID-19 Vaccine” will address the mistrust of health care by communities of color and share scientific information on the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. Panelists include:

  • Tecile Andolino, MD, pediatric nephrologist and Leonardo Claros, MD, section chief of bariatric surgery and medical director for the Weight Management Center, St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • Benjamin T. Hailey, Sr., senior pastor for Union Baptist Church of Allentown
  • Barney Graham, MD, PhD, deputy director of the Vaccine Research Center and the chief of the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, National Institutes of Health.

The discussion will be moderated by Monica Brooks, manager of diversity & inclusion, PPL Electric Utilities. The panelists will also participate in an open Q&A session immediately following the presentation.

Register for “Your Questions Answered: A Community Discussion on the COVID-19 Vaccine” here:


The intent of this webinar is to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine as well as provide valuable resources to participants. Don’t miss this informative and meaningful conversation.

Media Contact:

Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 16,000 employees providing services at 12 hospitals sites and 300+ outpatient sites. With annual net revenue in excess of $2.5 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s established the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 38 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 347 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system to earn Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Luke’s #1 in the Lehigh Valley and #6 in the state. Three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals are St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health eight times total and six years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.