Lock Haven Hospital joins Tele-Burn network

Lock Haven – The Lock Haven Hospital emergency department has joined a growing network of hospitals that provide burn patients with access to the specialists at the Lehigh Valley Regional Burn Center through the high tech system know as Tele-Burn.

Tele-Burn allows Lock Haven Hospital physicians to collect input from specialists at Lehigh Valley Regional Burn Center using the Internet and a digital camera.

Doctors send images of patient burn injuries to the specialists at Lehigh Valley Burn Center. The burn specialists review and assess the images and then discuss treatment options with Lock Haven Hospital physicians.

“With the Tele-Burn system we can quickly assess the patient’s injuries and with the specialists input, determine the best course of treatment whether it’s here in our emergency department or a transfer for more specialized care,” said Barb Shultz, emergency services director at Lock Haven Hospital.

“The goal of this program is to allow more patients access to advanced burn care and receive the most effective treatments close to home,” said Kathleen Hartman, chief nursing officer at the hospital. “The chances for a positive outcome improve when a burn patient receives the best course of care as quickly as possible.”

The Lehigh Valley Regional Burn Center one of 58 burn centers that are nationally certified by the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons.

Geriatric Fracture Care Program shows 28 percent reduction in patient readmission

DANVILLE – One icy slip outside can abruptly curtail someone’s golden years. Hip fractures are a leading cause for nursing home admission. What’s more, one in five elderly patients die within a year of sustaining a hip fracture according to the Centers for Disease Control.

That’s why Geisinger Health System created its Geriatric Fracture Care Program. It’s dedicated to caring for seniors with broken bones and preventing future fractures, with new data showing a 28-percent reduction in patient readmission rate in the first year since implementing the program.

Director Dr. Anthony Balsamo said the program builds upon the success of Geisinger’s High-Risk Osteoporosis Clinic (HIROC), founded nine years ago by Dr. Eric Newman, director of rheumatology and vice-chairman of clinical innovation in the Division of Medicine. It addresses a critical need for a growing elderly population in this region.

“Boomeratrics is a term we use explaining the aging Baby Boomer population, and 18.6 of Geisinger’s capture population in the Northeast falls within this group (ages 65 and over),” Balsamo said. “The Boomeratric generation is here and they’re in that period of their life where they need to start planning so they can live and not just exist. Our program helps disseminate information and provide care so they can do that. Not only are we working to treat fractures, we’re preventing them.”

Geisinger’s Geriatric Fracture Care Program paved the way for the system’s ProvenCare Hip Fracture Program, which implements best practices to yield optimum results. The program has received disease-specific care certification from The Joint Commission, which is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Geisinger launches

xG Health Solutions

DANVILLE – Geisinger Health System, in partnership with Oak Investment Partners, recently announced the formation of a new company, xG Health Solutions, an independently operated venture that will make Geisinger’s intellectual property and expertise available to other health care systems.

The new venture is being supported in part by a $40 million investment by Oak Investment Partners.

“Over the past 16 years, Geisinger has prepared for today’s health care challenges by redefining and reengineering the way we care for our patients and members,” said Dr. Glenn D. Steele Jr., president and CEO of Geisinger Health System. “Our innovative solutions help transform how health care will be provided and financed in the future, and xG Health Solutions will enable us to extend these innovations well beyond Geisinger.”

Oak Investment Partners is a leading investor in health care. With more than 30 years of investment experience, it is a multistage venture capital firm that has invested more than $9 billion in more than 500 companies throughout the world.

“The creation of xG Health Solutions is indicative of the successful innovation in motion at Geisinger Health System,” said Ann Lamont, managing partner at Oak Investment Partners. “Geisinger’s unique model has resulted in better patient outcomes and reduced cost, something we are proud to support and are confident we will see replicated throughout the nation with the formation of xG Health Solutions.”

xG Health will offer a variety of products and services, including consulting; population health data analytics, interpretation and reporting; patient- and population-focused care management; health information technology optimization; and third-party administration (TPA) services.

Dr. Earl P. Steinberg, Geisinger’s executive vice president of innovation and dissemination, will serve as xG Health’s CEO. xG Health has recruited a team of health care and technical experts, who also will leverage physicians, nurses, case managers, clinical and actuarial informatics experts and hospital administrators.

“It’s a formidable task to meet the many challenges facing health care today,” Steele said. “It is generally accepted in the health care industry that somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the care that is provided is not only unnecessary, but may actually cause harm to patients. We strongly believe that the products and services available through xG Health will provide proven solutions to help other health care systems improve their performance.”

Dietitian receives board certification

Barbara K. Dromazos, of North Central Pennsylvania Dialysis Clinics-Williamsport, has achieved board certification as a specialist in renal nutrition and may now use the designation, RDN-CSR.

In order to become board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), a registered dietitian must successfully meet rigorous specialty practice requirements and pass a nationally administered examination.

Board-certified specialists in renal nutrition work directly with adults and/or children with acute or chronic renal disease or failure, under treatment by kidney transplantation, dialysis, or other modalities in a variety of settings such as homes, hospitals or other treatment centers, or indirectly as documented by management, education or research practice linked specifically to renal nutrition.

The Commission on Dietetic Registration’s mission is protecting the nutritional health and welfare health of the public through dietetics certification. It awards seven separate and distinct credentials.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and is empowering members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders and optimizing the nation’s health through food and nutrition.

Grant will aid local SIDS project

Safe Kids Lycoming County has received a $1,000 grant from the CJ Foundation for SIDS, the leading SIDS funding organization in the country.

The grant will be used for construction of a portable infant safe sleep kiosk to be used at various health fairs and other community health education locations to educate parents and other infant care givers regarding Infant Safe Sleep.

“The CJ Foundation for SIDS is proud to support the important work of Safe Kids Lycoming County through this grant,” said Susan Hollander, president and executive director of the CJ Foundation. “We are acutely aware of how important education is in the role of reducing the risk of SIDS and infant death due to unsafe sleep environments. Education is a critical part of our mission and we will continue to support programs and organizations that advocate for safe sleep public awareness.”

“The … kiosk (will allow) Safe Kids Lycoming County to continue our SIDS reduction efforts throughout the region” said Charles Kiessling, chairman of Safe Kids Lycoming County.

The CJ Foundation for SIDS was founded by Joel and Susan Hollander in memory of their daughter, Carly Jenna, who died from SIDS in 1993.

To learn more about the foundation, visit or call 888-825-7437.

Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has provided millions for research, bereavement support programs, education and public awareness initiatives throughout the nation, making tremendous strides in its fight to end SIDS and other sleep-related infant death.

Safe Kids Lycoming County’s Mission is to reduce injury and death of children.

by identifying preventable causes of death and injury; provide educational training programs on topics such as infant safe sleep, motor vehicle safety, falls, fire/burns, bike/wheeled safety, poison prevention and other topics as determined by reported injury and death reports throughout Lycoming County.

To learn more about the CJ Foundation for SIDS, visit HYPERLINK ““”> or call (888) 8CJ-SIDS.