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An aerial view of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine campus, with the Children's Hospital, Main Entrance and Cancer Institute in the foreground.

Research funding and enhanced safety and quality efforts headline annual board presentation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center once again demonstrated strong financial performance in a fiscal year punctuated by record external research funding and strong gains in patient safety, satisfaction and quality care outcomes.

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Children’s Hospital awarded three-star rating for congenital heart surgery

Penn State Children’s Hospital is one of eight hospitals in the nation to receive a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery – the highest available – from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

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Swift to serve as chief human resources officer

David Swift, a central Pennsylvania native with broad experience in human resources, has been appointed chief human resources officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and associate vice president for human resources for health affairs at Penn State.

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Hershey Medical Center joins National Network of Depression Centers

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been named an associate member of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC), a consortium of leading academic medical centers working to accelerate research, education and improved treatment options for people with depressive and bipolar illnesses.

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Latest Community stories

Students stand on stage holding up placards spelling out $5,526,281.63, indicating the amount of money raised through the Four Diamonds Mini-THON in 2016.

Four Diamonds Mini-THON raises $5.5 million to fight childhood cancer

Tens of thousands of children across Pennsylvania are leading multi-million-dollar fundraising efforts to support pediatric cancer research.

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Lady Lions visit Children's Hospital

Some members of the Penn State Lady Lions basketball team paid a special visit to Penn State Children’s Hospital recently.

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Miracle Treat Day benefits Penn State Children’s Hospital

Local Dairy Queen® restaurants will celebrate the 11th annual Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 28 to benefit Penn State Children’s Hospital, one of 170 hospitals supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.

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Cancer Institute event honors survivors

“Whatever you believe, believe in yourself. Be positive and enjoy your life.”

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Latest Medical Minutes

Father talks with daughter, who sits on a bed with her head in her hands.

The Medical Minute: Stepping up efforts to home in on teen depression

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics are designed to help pediatricians identify more serious depression and suicidal tendencies so teens get the help they need to climb out of any dark holes before they get stuck.

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The Medical Minute: Keeping medical imaging safe for children

What’s the difference between an MRI and a CT scan? An X-ray and an ultrasound? Will it involve radiation that could harm the child in the long term? Penn State Health follows the principles set forth by the Image Gently Alliance, which works to improve safe and effective imaging of children worldwide.

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The Medical Minute: Why wellness visits are important

The annual check-up of the past is undergoing a total transformation, so if you haven’t had a wellness visit in a while, it might be time to check it out.

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The Medical Minute: The importance of catching and treating sepsis early

Every minute, someone comes into a hospital emergency department in the United States with sepsis, a life-threatening over-response to infection that damages tissues and organs.

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Latest Education stories

The Physician Assistant Class of 2017 poses with a check respresenting their donation to Stop Hunger Now.

Physician Assistant students pack 18,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now

Nearly 100 volunteers, led by students from the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Penn State College of Medicine and other members of the campus community, recently packaged more than 18,000 meals to be distributed to people in need throughout the world. Through donations, bake sales and various other fundraisers, the PA students raised $5,261 that […]

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College of Medicine launches new website

A new website for Penn State College of Medicine is now live. It is targeted at potential students and investigators and was organized and designed based upon months of research and feedback from those groups.

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Student design partners at College of Medicine begin work on new curriculum

Five students at Penn State College of Medicine have deferred the start of medical school for a year to serve as student design partners who are helping to shape the curriculum that will guide their medical education.

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Incoming medical student class receives white coats

Members of the medical student class of 2020 were presented and "cloaked" with their official white coat on July 29 at the Hershey Lodge.

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Latest Patient Care stories

Penn State Cancer Institute recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

Penn State Cancer Institute has been named among the “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders.

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Superheroes return to brighten spirits - and windows - at Penn State Children's Hospital

Some visitors to Penn State Children’s Hospital are the hot topic of conversation among patients and their families for a day, maybe two. But when superheroes visit, it’s a much different story.

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Make-A-Wish party at Children’s Hospital features crafts and treats

Make-A-Wish hosted a party for patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital this week. Children had an opportunity to decorate t-shirts and enjoy pizza and ice cream.

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Children’s Hospital partners in statewide psychiatry consultation program

Penn State Children’s Hospital was recently selected to serve central and northeast Pennsylvania as a partner in a new PA HealthChoices program, called the Telephonic Psychiatric Services Program, or TiPS.

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Latest Research stories

A child's hand gives a sign language motion.

Sign language may be helpful for children with rare speech disorder

Using sign language with intensive speech therapy may be an effective treatment for children with a rare speech disorder called apraxia of speech, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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How parents cope with stress of the NICU affects family dynamics

Understanding how parents cope while their child is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) could lead to better support for the family and a more successful transition to home when their baby is healthy, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Harrisburg researchers.

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New care plan improves Crohn’s disease complication outcomes

The first published medical and surgical approach care plan for managing septic perianal Crohn’s disease, a serious complication that occurs in around 40 percent of Crohn’s disease patients, has been developed by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Frozen embryos more effective than fresh in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who receive frozen embryos during in vitro fertilization have safer and more successful pregnancies than those who get fresh embryos, according to the results of a recent collaboration between Penn State College of Medicine and Chinese researchers.

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Latest People stories

A teenage girl extends her fingers to see if an orange butterfly will alight upon them as a group of other teens stands around her, outdoors, all wearing blue Camp Lionheart T-shirts.

Camp Lionheart: A place for young heart warriors

Some young campers celebrated the fifth birthday of a little girl they never knew on Aug. 2, although they had a lot in common.

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Nittany Lions spread smiles around Penn State Children’s Hospital

The Penn State Nittany Lion football team and Coach James Franklin visited with patients and families at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Ruffin named family and community medicine chair

Dr. Mack Ruffin IV will serve as the next chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He will join the faculty on September 1.

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Tracy named CMO at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has named Dr. Thomas Tracy, Jr. to serve as chief medical officer (CMO). Tracy comes to Hershey by way of Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School and Lifespan health system.

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