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  • Healthwatch 16: eICU

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Not all intensive care units are built the same and Geisinger officials wanted to better specialize the ICUs at their facility near Danville. They showed us one ICU that just opened last week and demonstrated some of the improvements there. “We were always able to take care of critically ill patients, we just had our patients in multiple different units. So now we have one area we’re able to concentrate on taking care of injured patients,” […]

  • Healthwatch 16: TrueBeam Cancer Treatment

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Radiation has long been used to treat different types of cancer, but doctors say the trouble with it is that good tissue is damaged right alongside the bad. Dr. Anand Mahadevan was excited to show us a new piece of equipment available at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He’s the chairman of the department of radiation oncology for the Geisinger Health System. The equipment is something called TrueBeam, what Dr. Mahadevan says is a better way […]

  • Geisinger’s MyCode Gene Sequencing Expanding

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — We’ve reported on a Geisinger research project called MyCode, which uses a person’s DNA as part of a large-scale research project. Hospital officials announced Tuesday they’re ready to use genome sequencing not just in the lab, but in a clinical setting hoping to keep more of their patients healthy, instead of treating them when they’re sick. The CEO of Geisinger Health System, Dr. David Feinberg, rolled up his sleeve for Brenda, a phlebotomist. With this blood […]

  • Support for Young LGBTQ Community at Geisinger

    BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — At Geisinger Bloomsburg Pediatrics, the rainbow flag is displayed on mirrors, for instance, a way to tell anyone who visits this a safe space for the LGBTQ community. “We live in a pretty rural area, you know, if we lived in a city this would be a topic that’s discussed more widely,” said Dr. Megan Moran-Sands. Dr. Moran-Sands is a pediatrician who noticed an increase in the number of her patients, mostly teenagers but some as young […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Knee Replacement Recipients Are Getting Younger

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Lots of people deal with chronic knee pain. Sometimes it’s arthritis, sometimes it’s overuse. In any case, knee pain can really limit your activity. One active woman from Lackawanna County found that happening in her 40s and says she wasn’t willing to live with not doing what she wanted to do. The golf course is where you’ll typically find Beth Sedlak. She’s a golf instructor at Glen Oak Country Club, outside Clarks Summit, in Lackawanna County.¬†She’s also […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Sensory Room at Lehigh Valley Airport for Troubled Travelers

    LEHIGH VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — Traveling can be stressful, under even the best circumstances. For those with sensory issues, like autism, air travel can be impossible. The Lehigh Valley International Airport is trying to make that a little easier. It’s one of only three airports in the world to offer a sensory room. Airports can be stressful — there’s ticketing, bag checking, loud noises, and crowds of people, not to mention getting through security. It’s enough to make 12-year-old Trey […]

  • Healthwatch 16: New Geisinger Epilepsy Unit

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that results from abnormal activity in the brain. It can cause seizures and is fairly common. One doctor at Geisinger says it affects 4 million people in the country. Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton unveiled a new unit this week meant for epilepsy patients. According to officials at Geisinger-CMC, 14,000 people in the area have epilepsy or some form of seizure disorder. Diagnosing it, in the past, has relied on a […]

  • After Near-Fatal Fall, Outdoorsman and Doctor Recall Long Road Back to Adventure

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — An avid outdoorsman wasn’t sure he’d get his active life back after a near-fatal fall left him with serious injuries years ago. But he says a kindred spirit — his surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center — gave him back not only his legs but his sense of adventure, too. This was a reunion years in the making between Dr. Jim Widmaier, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center and a patient of his — engineer […]

  • Healthwatch 16: How the Ornish Program Helps Combat Heart Disease

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Dr. Dean Ornish is a doctor and author who has been researching heart disease for decades. Now, a program he created is available at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for a certain group of patients who need it most. Jack Marchese is used to walking the pathways at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. The 54-year-old from Mountain Top is there a lot now, trying to stay active since his heart attack 2-and-a-half years ago. “It was just […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Machine Learning Aids Diagnosis

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Technology has come a long way when it comes to how we connect with people, and now at Geisinger, it’s helping patients who need care first be treated first. Intracranial hemorrhaging, or a brain bleed, is a fairly common problem, according to Dr. Brandon Fornwalt, from the Department of Imaging Science & Innovation at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. Scans show the brain of an elderly patient whose only symptom was confusion. “Lots of things can […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Treating Stroke Patients More Efficiently, Cutting Recovery Time

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Standing in an operating room at Geisinger Medical Center next to a doctor, is a strange experience for 71-year-old Frank Bedosky from Berwick. He told Newswatch 16 what happened to him last September while he was doing yard work. “All of a sudden, just like I’m talking now, my words weren’t coming out. Everything was garbled. It scared me,” said Bedosky. A neighbor rushed to his aid. “He saw me laying on the ground and said, […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Scoliosis

    MOOSIC, Pa. — Maybe you remember the exam you got in school or that physical you’re required to have before you can play school sports. Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is often found during those routine exams. We spoke with a young girl who says her experiences with scoliosis made her stronger in more ways than one. Like a lot of young women, 17-year-old Laurel Stiekes from Moosic is busy. For starters, the Triboro Christian Academy student is a […]