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  • Healthwatch 16: Listen to Your Body, Stroke Survivor Shares Her Story

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Luzerne County was recently given the designation of being a comprehensive stroke center.

  • The Creatives Podcast: Kari Johnson jewelry maker, owner of AOS Metals

    Kari talks about how she grew her handmade jewelry making business from a hobby to a thriving small business, and how she gets ideas for her metal works.

  • Healthwatch 16: LVAD Implant

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Seven years ago, 56-year-old Jay Conrad of Northumberland got some bad news about his heart: he needed a triple bypass surgery. About two years after that, his condition worsened again. “After I had that done, it progressed. I got short of breath, tired all the time, and back in November I came, and my lungs were filled with fluid,” Conrad said. “I was told my heart was pretty bad, pretty weak.” Conrad’s cardiologist, Dr. Rizwan Tahir, […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Hybrid Operating Room

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Interventional radiology is how doctors use imaging to guide them during minimally invasive procedures. Traditionally, that’s done using different pieces of equipment and in different rooms. Geisinger Health System invited us in to see a new hybrid or that does it all in one spot. Officials at Geisinger Medical Center were excited to show off a new interventional radiology hybrid operating room. Hybrid because it’s multi-modality, meaning, it can do more than one thing, such as […]

  • Healthwatch 16: From Patient to Resident

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — There’s a new medical resident in the NICU at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, part of Geisinger Medical Center. She started just this week. It turns out, she and her family are quite familiar with the NICU. They were residents of a different sort there 27 years ago. A hospital’s NICU, or neonatal intensive care unit, is where some of the tiniest and most fragile patients are cared for: babies who, for any number of reasons, need […]

  • App Helping Geisinger Patients Recover from Joint Replacement Surgery

    DUNMORE, Pa. — The time after a joint replacement surgery is full of rehab and recovery, but up until a few years ago, there was no way for Geisinger Health System officials to track what patients were doing. An app changed all that. It’s safe to say Joe Baltrusaitis is an active guy. At 70 years old, he’s a longtime runner and handball player, a soccer coach since 1990, and a junior high track and field coach in Dunmore for […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Language

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Geisinger officials know it’s difficult to be in a place where you don’t speak the language in general. Even more so when it comes to getting proper medical care. Staff at the Kistler Clinic in Wilkes-Barre are working to make sure Spanish speakers feel comfortable that they’re being heard. A translator teases Aura Susanna Costa that she’s about to be a star. Costa, who is 72 and lives in Wilkes-Barre, has been a patient of Geisinger’s Kistler […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Better Understanding

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Geisinger Health System officials know it’s difficult to be in a place where you don’t speak the language in general, even more so when it comes to getting proper medical care. Staff members at the Kistler Clinic in Wilkes-Barre are working to make sure Spanish speakers feel comfortable that they’re being heard. A translator teases Aura Susanna Costa that she’s about to be a star. Costa, who is 72 and lives in Wilkes-Barre, has been a patient […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Knowing the Signs of Stroke

    PLYMOUTH, Pa. — You’ve probably heard us talk about FAST before in the Healthwatch 16 report. FAST stands for the symptoms to look out for if you’re having a stroke. A man from Luzerne County says that advice may have saved his life. We were happy to see 78-year-old David Hylton of Plymouth last week. To understand how remarkable it is to see him walking, we’ll show you David just two months ago when we first met him at John […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Infertility

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — There’s a good chance you know a couple who are dealing with, or has dealt with, infertility. A woman from Montour county says she wanted to share her struggle with it, so someone out there knows they’re not alone. Twin boys Raymond and Carter, mom Janel, dad Brett, and big sister Aleah met us to talk about something Janel believes too many women aren’t talking about: infertility. “it’s a very hard emotional rollercoaster,” Janel said. Janel […]

  • ‘the creatives’ Podcast: Author Amye Archer

    In this first episode of ‘the creatives,’ Julie Sidoni has a conversation with Lackawanna County’s Amye Archer, whose third book, an anthology called If I Don’t Make It, I Love You is set to be published next week and is now on pre-sale at your favorite bookseller.

  • Free 2BMom: Helping Mothers in the Battle with Addiction

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — A while back, health officials in the area noticed a startling trend: a big increase of babies being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). That’s a term for a number of problems a baby will experience when withdrawing from exposure to drugs. In so many of those cases, the mom never spoke up about her addiction, fearing the repercussions. A few months ago, those officials, along with various community agencies, launched a program meant to help […]

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