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Dr. Kevin A. Vrablik Continues Long Legacy of Service and Quality at HealthWorks, LVHN’s Occupational Medicine Division

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Kevin A. Vrablik, MD, MPH, FACOEM, has assumed the role of Executive Director at HealthWorks. Dr. Vrablik is also Chief, Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Medical Director of Employee Health Services at LVHN.

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Joseph Patruno, MD, invited to join national Collaborative for Health and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM)

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By championing wellness programs within our own institutions and collaborating with others across the country to identify and spread best practices, we hope to make effective wellness initiatives more widely available.

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Rory Marraccini, MD named Co-Director of Physicians-for-Physicians Mentor-Based Well-Being Program

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This program is a peer-support program that assists clinicians who are experiencing stresses. It is believed that colleagues who have “been there” can best relate to situations and concerns encountered in the workplace by their peers.

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Dr. Nina Taggart Elected to Board of Directors of NAACOS

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Nina Taggart, MA, MD, MBA, FAAO, Sr Medical Director of Accountable Care at Valley Preferred, has been elected to the National Association of ACOs 2021 Board of Directors. Dr. Taggart’s has in depth experience with the ACO at LVHN, which promotes value-based reimbursement.

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Valley Preferred Adds Two Members to its Board of Trustees

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Valley Preferred has added two members to its Board of Trustees. They include Robert Kruklitis, MD, PhD, MBA, FCCP, and Terry Purcell, President of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s newest facility now under construction in Mahoning Township.

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Highmark Launches New High Performing Networks in northeastern Pennsylvania

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Highmark has launched two new high-performing networks in Pennsylvania that will help employers in the Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania offer workers access to the best local doctors and hospitals at the lowest cost.

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Be a Smart Shopper for ACA Health Insurance

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The annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace has arrived. November 1 to January 15, 2021, individuals and families can choose from a range of high-quality, affordable health insurance plans tailored to their needs.

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Joseph A. Patruno, MD, Joins Valley Preferred as Chief Wellness Officer

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He will create and lead newly established wellness programming and professional fulfillment initiatives. The organization is prioritizing comprehensive and physician-driven program to mitigate the stressors to mitigate the stressors of medical practice.

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15th Anniversary of Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Virtual Event

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The awards event will be live-streamed on WFMZ.com on Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-7 p.m. Winners will recount the stories that earned them Spirit of Courage awards. Special awards will also recognize those who made exceptional contributions during COVID-19.

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A Conversation with an Independent Provider: William Ofrichter, DPM

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I thought being a member would be helpful to me as an independent physician. It’s easy to feel isolated when you’re in a private practice, without having a connection to what else is going on at the hospital and elsewhere. It is incredibly helpful.

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