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Reading, Writing and Health Care

 Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s dedication to improving community health extends well beyond the walls of its hospitals, into corner stores, fire halls and for more than 25 years, schools. LG Health partners with the School District of Lancaster to offer four school-based health centers. These primary-care centers provide convenient locations for students to

Lancaster County Now Has Advanced Stroke Treatment

  Ongoing medical advances are giving stroke patients more hope of a complete recovery than ever before. One of the latest advances—a procedure called mechanical thrombectomy—allows doctors to physically retrieve large blood clots from the brain before extensive damage occurs. Lancaster General Hospital is the first and only hospital in Lancaster County to offer this

Back In Step after Hip Replacement Surgery

“It was one of those pains that gradually came on and then it got worse and worse,” remembers Lancaster City resident Eric Maxwell. Although Eric was just 46 years of age, a deteriorating hip was making everyday things like putting on his shoes and going for walks increasingly painful. In addition, the avid backpacker was

The Vitamin D-Osteoporosis Connection

Chances are, you know you need calcium to maintain healthy bones. But what you may not realize is just how important vitamin D is when it comes to protecting your bones. This is especially true for people with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia. When you have osteoporosis, you lose bone more quickly

A Heart Attack Changes a Young Father’s Life Path

 The last thing Jason Ditzler ever expected was to have a heart attack. The healthy 37-year-old nurse, father and avid runner led a full, active life. It was on a typical Sunday afternoon run that Jason’s life changed forever. “I just didn’t feel right,” he recalled, and texted his wife to let her know

Shawna’s Story of Surgical Weight-Loss Success

When you meet Shawna Keller today, her vibrant, outgoing personality shines through. As you get to know her in the video, you may find it hard to believe that for many years, she hid herself away because of her weight and related health problems. More Energy. Fewer Medications. After choosing to have gastric bypass surgery

Reduce Your Risk for Lung Cancer

There are few words as frightening as “you have lung cancer.” The good news is you can greatly reduce your risk for lung cancer with one decision: Don’t smoke. A Look at the Data Although there have been notable strides in early detection and treatment, lung cancer still accounts for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths in the

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: An Innovative Option for Women Facing Breast Cancer

“As a breast surgeon, part of my job is to surgically remove breast cancer,” said Marnie Kaplan, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist with LG Health Physicians Surgical Group. “But I have another extremely important role: to make sure women feel good and look good after their breast cancer has been treated.” An innovative surgical

Healthcare Changes in Lancaster Over the Past 125 Years

Lancaster General Hospital first opened its doors in a three-story residence at 322 North Queen Street in Lancaster City in 1893, 125 years ago. Rev. Mr. D. Wesley Bicksler, pastor of Salem Evangelical Church on Water Street, organized the creation of Lancaster General Hospital by convening 60 business leaders and representatives of local fraternal, patriotic