Sunday, April 30, 2017

Take Advantage of The Chamber's Exciting Spring Event Season

Barry Fisher, 69-WFMZ-TV &, Chamber Board of Governors Chair

Welcome to Spring! As I sit here taking in the unseasonably warm temperatures for April, I can’t help but think about the exciting season that lies ahead for us, both as business partners and a community. To take full advantage of your Chamber membership and strengthen your network, get out your calendar and plan to participate in one or more Chamber events this spring! Our programs have never been better.

In May and June, there is a Chamber event that provides access to just about every segment of our Lehigh Valley business community. First, the Hispanic Chamber’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta takes place on Tuesday, May 2, and the end of that week brings the YPC Kentucky Derby Benefit on Saturday, May 6. The following week, on Friday, May 12, the Chamber is hosting a very special networking lunch and live Business Matters taping with six PA Congressmen - what an opportunity to engage in what is impacting the Valley from beyond. In mid-May, enjoy the season of green with the Krajsa Cup & Chamber Board of Governors Golf Classic on Monday, May 22.

Also in May, several area Chambers celebrate the past year with their annual award dinners, including the Bethlehem Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards on Wednesday, May 3 and the Allentown Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards on Wednesday, May 24. The following month, two more annual dinner and awards will be held: the Phillipsburg Area Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards on Tuesday, June 6 and the Easton Area Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards on Thursday, June 15.

To kick-off June, we present the inspiring Iraqi War Veteran Scotty Smiley on Friday June 2. Major Smiley exemplifies the power of teamwork, overcoming obstacles, and finding strength and hope, no matter the circumstances. The following week, the Lehigh Valley Women’s Summit occurs on Wednesday, June 7. This event is an extraordinary opportunity to spend the day with the biggest gathering of the Valley’s most influential women in business, philanthropy, government, education, healthcare and the arts. The next day, the Lehigh Valley Transportation Forum on Tuesday, June 8 will feature Pulitzer Prize winning author, Ed Humes. The rest of June is packed with spectacular community events, like the 10th Annual Blues Brews & Barbecue in Downtown Allentown on Saturday, June 10; Bethlehem Italian Festival on Saturday, June 17; and Phillipsburg’s Ole Towne Festival on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24. Along with community events are some local chamber ceremonies, including SBC’s Excellence in Business Awards on Tuesday, June 13; the Easton Area Chamber Annual Awards Reception on Thursday, June 15; and the LGBT Gala on Friday, June 16.

What opportunities are on our horizon for this Spring season! The Chamber and its affiliates have worked hard to develop an extensive array of events and programs to enhance our community. We welcome you to get involved in these outstanding events.

Check your email, our website, and the pages of your Connections publication regularly for event details and sponsorship opportunities to make the most of your membership.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Chamber Main Street Foundation Grants fund recent beautification projects

Laurie G. Hackett, Air Products, Chamber Foundation Chair

How lucky are we in to live in a community like the Lehigh Valley that is home to so many thriving towns and municipalities? The Chamber Main Street Foundation plays an important role in those unique communities by providing grants to help beautify areas to promote business and growth.

Projects that were recently completed because of our Grants program include Hamilton District green space beautification, Lehighton self-watering flower planters, Bangor benches, planters and new bike racks. In Alburtis there is new signage, West Easton received benches and bike racks, and the landscaping was completed in Bath’s Monocacy Creek Park. These are just a few of the projects that happen because of the support to the Chamber Main Street Foundation.

As we celebrate our 10th year, we hope your community will apply for a grant! Details are available by contacting Lorie Reinert at

Monday, April 24, 2017

Health Network Laboratories Now Open in Your Neighborhood Pharmacies

Allentown, PA (April 20, 2017) - Health Network Laboratories (HNL) is pleased to announce the opening of two in-pharmacy patient service centers (PSCs). These are located inside Hartzell’s Pharmacy, at 300 American St. in Catasauqua, and inside South Mountain Pharmacy, at 2441 W. Emaus Ave. in Allentown.

“Working with neighborhood pharmacies allowsS HNL to partner with local businesses that share a passion for serving the healthcare needs of their patients,” said Dr. Peter Fisher, HNL’s CEO. “Patients are naturally concerned for their own health, and we strive to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get all their necessary lab testing services in the most convenient and accessible locations. We know how busy people’s schedules are, so we are working in concert with neighborhood pharmacies to make it easier for patients to complete their lab testing, as well as pick-up their meds and related necessities at one convenient time.”

When people leave their physician’s office, they often have a lengthy to-do list. Filling a prescription is usually high on the list, but time constraints can put off lab work until later. With PSCs located inside neighborhood pharmacies, patients can complete their lab work and pick up a prescription in one stop.

HNL’s priority is to provide fast, accurate lab results that ensure patients get the care they need promptly. More than 70 percent of all medical decisions are based on results from lab tests and HNL is mindful that access to up-to-date lab results is necessary for effective treatment plans.  More than 98 percent of all HNL test results are available within 24 hours or less, and individuals can easily access their own results on a secure website.

PSCs located inside independently owned pharmacies afford HNL the opportunity to work alongside community businesses who embrace the same “patient-first” philosophy. These PSCs also increase the convenience of access to HNL’s services in all of our markets, with more than 50 PSCs located in the Lehigh Valley and throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

This new model resonates with our pharmacy partners.

Hartzell's Pharmacy has always placed an emphasis on implementing leading-edge services that help patients achieve positive health outcomes and increase convenience,” said Vince Hartzell, owner of Hartzell’s Pharmacy. “We are pleased to welcome HNL and look forward to them adding another service for our customers and the surrounding community."

“High quality service that is personalized and convenient is important to us and our customers,” said Lane Freeman, owner of South Mountain Pharmacy. “Adding an HNL PSC to our pharmacy gives our customers better access to a valuable service from a respected laboratory.”

Contact Information and Hours of Operation:

South Mountain Pharmacy
Phone: 484-425-8801
Fax: 484-268-5300
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon
Sunday: closed
Hartzell’s Pharmacy
Phone: 484-425-8802
Fax Number: 484-268-5301
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon
Sunday: closed

About Health Network Laboratories
Health Network Laboratories (HNL), headquartered in Allentown, Pa., has more than 50 Patient Service Centers conveniently located throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With a staff of 25 scientific directors and board-certified pathologists, and more than 400 certified lab scientists and phlebotomists, HNL has provided high quality, advanced laboratory diagnostic testing to its regional communities for more than 15 years. Learn more at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and LinkedIn.

About South Mountain Pharmacy
South Mountain Pharmacy, an independently owned and operated pharmacy, has served generations of families for the past 34 years. Staffed by registered pharmacists, it is a full-service pharmacy specializing in home healthcare equipment, consultations, over the counter medications, sundries and personalized service. Learn more at

About Hartzell’s Pharmacy
Hartzell’s Pharmacy, family-owned and operated for 48 years, is staffed by clinical pharmacists and provides a wide range of pharmacy, home medical equipment and wellness services.  Specialized services and staff include compounding and long-term care pharmacies as well as a respiratory therapist and certified mastectomy and diabetic shoe fitters. Learn more at

Media Contact: Jennifer Rodgers