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Living a more grateful life

“When facing my own mortality, I felt empowered to make the most of every moment of my life.”

Welcome to the online winter edition of PA Health magazine.

You’ll find all the great content from our print edition. Like remarkable stories about our neighbors’ triumphs over health challenges. And ways to make the most of our region’s natural areas and recreation spots. Plus, delicious, healthy recipes.

You’ll also find bonus content, like more tasty treats to make, inspiring videos about local people who are thriving after facing health issues — and quick links to in-depth information about the conditions they’ve overcome. Because when we share resources, we make good health more accessible for everyone.

Can a bed save a life?

Yes — if it’s the right bed, in the right place, surrounded by the right team of skilled caregivers.

One such special bed was recently installed in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s Tambur Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

It looks like a typical NICU bed, but it’s a genius multitasker. Called the Giraffe™ Carestation, this self-contained environment maintains the perfect temperature and light, touch and sound exposure for fragile young patients.

The bed is meeting a tremendous need, says Geisinger neonatologist and medical director of the Tambur NICU Patricia Spitale, MD.

In 2022, the Level III NICU admitted 305 babies who required a total of more than 700 days on ventilators. That’s nearly double the number of days from 2021.

Purchase of the special bed was made possible through a $40,000 donation by the Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation in Wilkes-Barre.

Dr. Spitale is grateful to the Colleen Shea foundation, which funds charities that promote children’s health and welfare — and to everyone who makes any donation, large or small, to the Geisinger Health Foundation in support of the Tambur NICU.

You can donate to help newborns (and other patients), too.

Make a donation today

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