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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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Medical Center named among best in ear, nose and throat care by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as one of the best hospitals for 2016-17 in ear, nose and throat care.

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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 celebrated 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

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The Medical Minute: The dangerous allure of performance enhancing drugs

Imagine you dedicate your whole life to becoming the best in your chosen sport. You put in the work, make big sacrifices and finally make the Olympic team. You have a shot at a medal – and all the money, fame and influence that comes with it.

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The Medical Minute: Parental vigilance key to preventing drownings

More children are coming to hospital emergency departments this summer for drownings or near-drownings, including at Penn State Children’s Hospital, where staff members say they have seen more cases recently than they can recall in several years.

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The Medical Minute: When to get a second opinion

Getting a second opinion for a medical condition isn’t quite the same as cheating on your hairstylist. In fact, when it comes to complex or serious, life-threatening conditions, most doctors encourage second opinions.

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The Medical Minute: New therapy often successful at controlling tics

When Dr. Laura Duda goes into an elementary school classroom, she can usually spot one or two children who have a tic – a rapid, involuntary movement or sound such as sniffing, blinking their eyes or scrunching their faces.

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Latest Education stories

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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. The ceremony symbolized the student’s entrance into the medical profession as student physicians. After receiving their coats, they recited an oath of professionalism that they wrote together during the weeks preceding […]

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Penn State MPH program launches International Health Exchange Program

A group of students from Taiwan and the Republic of Georgia is participating in a two-week training program in public health systems on the Penn State College of Medicine campus.

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Preparing medical students for the 'third science'

Penn State College of Medicine faculty are helping shape the “third science” of medical education by defining what health systems science is and how student perception of it should be addressed in designing curriculum.

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PA Program at College of Medicine welcomes new class

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Penn State College of Medicine welcomed its entering class of 2016 during its annual White Coat Ceremony on May 24.

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Latest Patient Care stories

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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Mobile technology promotes empowerment and self-care for heart failure patients

More than 5 million people in the United States have heart failure, a condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump or fill with blood adequately.

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Hospital staff ensure patient can ‘attend’ high school graduation

The weekend before he was set to graduate from Lower Dauphin High School, 18-year-old Ben Hoy was playing a game of tackle football with some friends.

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Latest Research stories

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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. The plan and its results took more than a decade to develop and are based on […]

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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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Diabetes challenges and inspires family members, study finds

Better outcomes may be possible if family members receive support to help their loved ones with diabetes, according to the DAWN2 study, with analysis led by a Penn State College of Medicine researcher.

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Educating parents on healthy infant sleep habits may help prevent obesity

Teaching parents bedtime techniques to encourage healthy sleep habits in their infants may help prevent obesity, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Latest People stories

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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Walker-Harding named chair of pediatrics

Dr. Leslie R. Walker-Harding, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and medical director of Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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