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Penn State Health and Camp Hill Fire Company announce agreement for Camp Hill Emergency Medical Services to join health system

Penn State Health and Camp Hill Fire Company announced today they have reached an agreement for Camp Hill Emergency Medical Services to join Penn State Health Life Lion LLC.

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Continued response to a pandemic, vaccination rollout and leading-edge clinical innovation shaped the 2020-2021 fiscal year

Berini shares Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s fiscal year highlights during annual public board meeting

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Penn State Health revises visitation guidance to support patient- and family-centered care

The health system is revising its visitation guidelines, effective September 13.

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The GIANT Company helps hundreds of local children travel safely

The GIANT Company is celebrating the first anniversary of its community car seat safety initiative facilitated in partnership with the Children’s Hospital

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Highlighting the adolescent and young adult cancer population

Adolescent and young adult patients are a population of cancer patients that deserves more attention and for who physical activity programs would be very beneficial.

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Latest Research

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Obesity and low muscle mass increases risk of death from major traumas

A College of Medicine study revealed that obese patients may also have low muscle mass or sarcopenia, which can contribute to an increased risk of death from trauma injuries.

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Mental health and economic factors influence patients’ paths to bariatric surgery

A team of researchers from Penn State College of Medicine found that mental health factors, along with social determinants of health — such as race, food security and level of education — play significant roles in whether a patient proceeds with surgical treatment for obesity.

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College of Medicine researchers named finalists in technology commercialization program

Two technologies developed by Penn State College of Medicine researchers have advanced to the final round of a program that seeks to develop life science research and development projects.

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Legislation may help identify breast cancer earlier in certain at-risk women

Laws designed to help women with increased risk for missed breast cancer diagnoses may help catch the disease earlier, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Black patients more likely to have had strokes prior to COVID-19 diagnosis than non-Black patients

Black COVID-19 patients are more likely to have experienced strokes prior to their diagnosis than their non-Black counterparts, according to a study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They said this may be one explanation for why COVID-19 mortality has been high in Black populations.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Maintaining vaginal health as you age

With periods, pregnancies and pap smears in the rearview mirror, menopausal women may stop tending to health below their waist. A Penn State Health urogynecologist offers women advice as they age.

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The Medical Minute: Real-time tumor tracking delivers high cure rates, decreased side effects for cancer patients

Think of it like radio making way for television. Image-guided radiation therapy has evolved to include the ability to track tumors in real time during treatment. It’s improving cure rates and limiting side effects for a growing number of cancer patients.

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The Medical Minute: Reducing stroke risk from AFib without blood thinners

To help prevent a stroke — a common and serious risk associated with AFib — patients are treated with blood thinners. But for some, the medication itself can be risky.

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The Medical Minute: On the watch for pediatric cancers

No parent wants to hear the word “cancer.” Fortunately, few will, but it’s always smart to be attuned to signs that might warrant a further look. Two Penn State Health Children’s Hospital doctors discuss the warning signs.

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The Medical Minute: Vaccination, conversation keys to protecting kids as they return to school

Just as the moves to protect students by keeping them at home required them to weather some detrimental effects, their return this fall carries new risks. Two Penn State Health doctors discuss how you can keep your kids safe this fall.

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Latest Education

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Penn State Health celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Penn State Health is honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans by hosting cultural events during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

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Obstetrics and gynecology resident Brubaker recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Laura Brubaker, an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in September 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Horwitz recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Alexandra Horwitz is featured for September in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Incoming Penn State College of Medicine graduate students take oath, receive white coats

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed 109 new graduate students during ceremonies on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18. The students will study anatomy, biomedical science, biostatistics, clinical research, epidemiology, laboratory animal medicine, neuroscience and public health.

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Internal medicine resident Lai honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Forest Lai, an internal medicine resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in August 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program.

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Latest Patient Care

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Leaving their mark: COVID-19 staff collaborate on glass mosaic

The third floor Acute Care staff at Hershey Medical Center, otherwise known as the COVID unit, came together over the art project much as they came together throughout the pandemic a fingerprint mosaic made from 200 glass tiles.

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Pediatric specialty services relocate to 35 Hope Drive Oct. 4

Four Penn State Health pediatric specialty practices will move to a new location at 35 Hope Drive on Hershey Medical Center’s East Health Campus, effective Monday, Oct. 4.

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Virtual behavioral health services now available to all through Penn State Health OnDemand app

Community members can now access behavioral health services on their computer, smartphone or tablet using the Penn State Health OnDemand app.

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St. Joseph Medical Center implements new seizure care technology

Chrissy Kushlick, a St. Joseph Medical Center critical care nurse, demonstrates how the Ceribell Rapid Response Electroencephalogram (EEG) system is worn.

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Expansion of services gives Holy Spirit Medical Center patients greater access to Hershey Medical Center surgeons

Penn State Health is further expanding the surgical capabilities of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to Holy Spirit Medical Center. The move will provide more residents of the West Shore with access to advanced surgical care closer to home.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Rising COVID-19 Cases

Penn State Health experts Dr. Catharine Paules and Dr. Patrick Gavigan answer viewer questions on COVID-19 during a discussion that includes information on the Delta variant, back to school safety and vaccination.

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Ask Us Anything About… Bone and Joint Injuries in Children

Whether it’s playing around the neighborhood or playing their favorite sport, there are plenty of opportunities for kids to get injured – just by being kids. In this interview, we get your questions answered about bone and joint injuries in children by Dr. Joseph Petfield, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Ask Us Anything About... Addiction

Substance use disorder (SUD) is uncontrolled use of a substance despite harmful consequence. Many people with an SUD have an extreme focus on using certain substances, to the level where the person’s ability to function in daily life, jobs or family settings becomes impaired. In this interview, addiction medicine specialist Dr. Sarah Kawasaki provides some valuable insights.

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Ask Us Anything About... Dementia

Dementia is a collective term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline, such as forgetfulness. It is a symptom of several underlying diseases and brain disorders. Dementia is not a single disease in itself, but a general term to describe symptoms of impairment in memory, communication and thinking. In this interview, Dr. Chen Zhao, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, answers questions about the causes, risk factors and treatments for dementia.

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Ask Us Anything About… Hemorrhagic Stroke

There are two types of stroke -- ischemic and hemorrhagic -- with hemorrhagic being less common. It happens when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. In this interview, neurologist Dr. David Wilkinson talks about the symptoms, causes and treatment of hemorrhagic stroke -- and why it's critical to seek prompt medical attention when stroke is suspected.

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Latest Community

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United Way Stuff the Bus campaign yields record results

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine employees stuffed not one, but two buses with school and health supplies, and St. Joseph Medical Center employees stuffed 51 backpacks.

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United Way of Capital Region honors Penn State Health, College of Medicine with Outstanding Campaign Team Award

United Way of the Capital Region presented Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine with the Outstanding Campaign Team Award in the large company category.

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Volunteers plant 100 new trees on Hershey campus during Earth Day ceremony

Nine Penn State College of Medicine volunteers celebrated Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 by planting 100 native seedlings on the west side of the Hershey Medical Center campus.

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Feeling relieved: Pop-up vaccination clinics reach underserved populations

Penn State Health is partnering with community organizations and local governments to help Phase 1A-eligible individuals in underserved communities have access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

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‘Go with the flo’: Nurse spearheads project to combat period poverty

Megan Swope, a perianesthesia nurse at Hershey Medical Center, created The Period Project Harrisburg to address the need for hygiene packs for low-income and homeless individuals who menstruate.

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Latest People

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Vyas named to leadership roles in Department of Pediatrics, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Dr. Yatin Vyas has been selected for key leadership roles in the Department of Pediatrics and Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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I am Penn State Health: Sean Dolphin

“I love dealing with IT issues,” said no one ever – except Sean Dolphin. See how the senior support specialist at Penn State Health helps his colleagues overcome computer glitches.

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Saunders selected for AAMC dean fellowship program

Dr. Erika Saunders will participate in the Association of American Medical Colleges 2021-2022 Council of Deans Fellowship Program, which is intended to develop future leaders in academic medicine.

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Penn State Health names Ettinger vice president, physician leader, of Heart and Vascular Services

Penn State Health has appointed Dr. Steven M. Ettinger to the newly created position of vice president and physician leader of Cardiovascular Services.

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I am Penn State Health: Lea Eller

Lea Eller helps provide a first line of defense against cyberattacks in her role as a cyber defense infrastructure engineer in Penn State Health’s Office of Cybersecurity and Privacy.

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