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Pocono Mountain Fire Chief Among Initial First Responders in Monroe County Vaccinated

Pocono Mountain Fire Chief Among Initial First Responders in Monroe County Vaccinated
Cites recent COVID death of a Scranton firefighter among the reasons he didn’t hesitate

 
Lehigh Valley, Pa. (Jan. 12, 2021) – Chief Logan Evans of the Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company has many solid reasons for being among the first emergency responders in Monroe County to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono.
“I’m looking to protect myself, my family, co-workers and fellow first responders,” Evans says. “Also, my brother and sister-in-law both work in health care so I had no hesitation in getting the vaccine. This is my part to return to some form of normalcy.”
Evans has other reasons, too. One that sticks in his mind was the recent death of a City of Scranton firefighter after contracting the coronavirus while on the job. Evans, 33, says the Scranton fireman was just 28 years old.
“You see that and it makes you think,” he says. “I’m not stuck on this only affecting older people because that’s not the case.”
Evans, who also serves as Chairman and President of Pocono Mountain Regional EMS,  says he and his ambulance colleagues have responded to more unnecessary deaths than normal because people put health care on hold for fear of getting the coronavirus. “That has opened my eyes.” 
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is now vaccinating firefighters, police officers, National Guard members and Protective Services Personnel as part of the State of Pennsylvania’s Phase 1B vaccination protocol. First responders can learn more about scheduling their COVID-19 vaccination appointment at LVHN.org/MyLVHN.
Cpl. Kevin Kress of the Salisbury Township Police Department received his first dose on January 11 at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. “I didn’t think twice,” Kress
says. “We interact with people all the time and you don’t know when you might come into contact with someone who could spread the virus, so I did it to stay safe for myself, my fellow officers and the community.”
            Evans says he’s grateful to LVHN for providing the vaccinations and urges everyone to get it as soon as it’s offered to them, including his colleagues at the fire company and ambulance services. “We strongly encourage our team members to take advantage of this opportunity.”
            Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s #1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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Attached photo – Logan Evans (left), Chief, Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company, joins Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono Physician Assistant Kerri Ann Portanova in giving the thumbs up after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on January 9.

 

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