LVHN Patient Assistance fund receives donations
The Lehigh Valley Health Network's David Prager Patient Assistance Fund recently recieved a $5,000 donation from the Salisbury Middle School's Interact Club and $2,300 from the Senior High Youth Group from the New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The fund was designed to provide non-medical expenses like transportation to and from doctor's appointments, telephone bills, home heating and other services that could improve a patient's quality of life.
Dermatologists open new office with free skin cancer screenings
Pennsylvania Dermatology Partners in coordination with the American Society for Dematologic Surgery will open their new Whitehall Office, 3360 MacArthur Road to the public Wednesdays and Fridays in March for free Skin Cancer screenings to all members of the public who schedule in advance. To schedule visit http://www.padermpartners.com.
Penn State Lehigh Valley announces new degree
Penn State Lehigh Valley recently added their newest baccalaureate degree program in Health Policy and Administration. The program is designed to prepare students for high-demand health care careers or advanced study. Lehigh Valley is the only Penn State campus other than University Park to offer this four-year degree, which is enrolling students now for courses beginning this summer.
"This major gives students – whether traditional college age or adult learners – a great deal of flexibility to select courses that fit their personal and professional goals," said Dr. Anita Yuskauskas, coordinator of the program and former technical director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore, Md.
The program supports three areas of specialization – business and finance, health information technology, and long-term care – chosen carefully based on national and local demographics, future demand and employment opportunities. Graduates find job prospects in a variety of settings including health systems, long-term care organizations, physician group practices, state and federal agencies, and private trade and research organizations.
Cedar Crest College announces MBA program
Professionals interested in advancing their careers by earning an MBA degree but who haven't yet found a program that is flexible enough for their busy work and family schedules will have a new option starting this fall.
Flexibility is the word that best defines the new Masters in Business Administration program being launched this fall at Cedar Crest College. Four 10-week sessions will be offered each year in the fall, winter, spring and summer. Since students are not cohorted like they are at some colleges, they are able to progress more freely.
The 36-credit degree program can be finished in as few as 18 months, or at a slower pace based on work and family schedules. Plus, rolling admissions means students can apply at any time and begin at the start of any of the four 10-week cycles, not just in the fall or spring like at other schools. Classes are held one night a week, but students can take more than one class at a time. The program is open to men and women who have an undergraduate business degree, as well as those who have a degree in another field.
"The primary reason that adults pursue an MBA is to advance their career and earning potential," said Mary Ellen Hickes, Director of Admissions at SAGE. "An MBA is one of the best ways to enter the management level at a company. Some companies have even started requiring it for upper level positions."
According to a 2013 report by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, a third of a student's investment in an MBA degree is recouped immediately, primarily due to an increase in salary, with four years being the time it takes to fully recoup their return on investment. In a 2014 survey of recent MBA alumni, students felt their degrees helped them to better prepare them for their chosen career, as well as for leadership roles, and to better manage their work/life balance.
"Cedar Crest College understands the special needs of the adult student," said Gaetan Giannini, Dean of the SAGE program. "The success of our SAGE program lead to the creation of the MBA program. Our students actually requested that we start it. Our adult student population is the second largest in the Lehigh Valley in part because students enjoy the accessibility to our classes and professors, and the flexibility our program structure offers."
Behavioral health agency launches new name, new website
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery recently reintroduced itself with a new unified brand which better reflects the full range of integrated behavioral health care and supportive residential services it offers.
Known in the field for more than 30 years as TriCounty Respite, New Vitae Wellness and Recovery unveiled its rebranding, which includes the launch of a new website, http://www.newvitaewellness.com.
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery has further developed its services to assist individuals that have encountered limited access to care, including young adults aged 18 to 25, veterans, and those recovering from traumatic brain injuries.