St. Luke’s Hospitals Excel in Annual Medicare Comparison

st lukes hospitalSt. Luke’s University Health Network’s hospitals were awarded four stars this week in the annual Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) national ratings of hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital, St. Luke’s Allentown Hospital, St. Luke’s Anderson Hospital, St. Luke’s Miners Hospital and St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital all received four stars out of five. St. Luke’s Warren Hospital earned a 3-star rating.

The new rating summarizes up to 64 quality measures over seven categories that include mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.

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Love Conquers All - Part 3

tracy with mickey 325x399Editor’s Note: We have told the amazing story of Tracy and how she overcame personal hardships to successfully adopt special needs children. Herein is the third and last installment.

After Tracy adopted Hannah she adopted Noah, who was three and half years old with severe cerebral palsy. Tracy drove to Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Caleb and Hannah in tow to pick up Noah. On the way home, Tracy discovered that Noah also had Pica, a disorder which causes the patient to eat non-nutritive substances, such as dirt or articles of clothing.

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Musikfest - Musical Event of the Year

large flowerheads 325x215Since 1984 Musikfest has drawn people from all over the world to enjoy music, acts, dancing, eating and friendship. To find out everything about Musikfest go to musikfest.org. Use the website or download their free app to stay up to date on everything. 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA Aug 5 - Aug 14, 2016
On this page we list some of the FREE acts coming this year. Check for updated times and venues. Many acts perform on multiple days.

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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

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The Property Tax/Rent Re­bate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2015 has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2016. The rebate program benefits eligi­ble Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. You can contact your local Area Agency on Aging, your local legislator or the Pennsylvania Departmentof Revenue at 1-888-222-9190 for an application. Applications are also available online at www.revenue.pa.gov.

Angels and Numbers

angels 325x215Have you ever seen a sequence of numbers, especially over and over again? It could be that you noticed the clock said 5:55, then you looked at your odometer and it read 32,555, and yet again, you see a billboard that says 555.

Did you ever wonder why you are seeing numerical sequences? Especially the same ones over a short period of time? This could very well be angels trying to tell you something by catching your attention! So I thought I would share with you some of the numerical sequences, and what those who study angels (Angelology) claim they mean:

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Behavioral Contagion

bible reader1 325x215Picture yourself in a roomful of people, many of whom you like or at least respect. One of them yawns. Two more yawn. Another few yawn. Do you feel the urge yet?

You are sitting with some friends, watching a comedy. They start to laugh at something you didn’t think was so funny. They laugh uncontrollably, and soon you’re laughing too, but you don’t know why.

I’m not trying to hypnotize you — I’m introducing you to what social scientists call “behavioral contagion.” This means people will “catch” certain behaviors from others.

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