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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center earns PEER certification

The culmination of more than a decade of policy changes and improvements, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has earned the highest-level certification for the resiliency, reliability and sustainability of its power systems.

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Military Times names Penn State Health to its 2021 Best for Vets: Employers list

Penn State Health has earned national recognition for supporting veterans and their families through its hiring and employment practices.

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Deadline for donations of used aluminum crutches, walkers, canes extended to Dec. 3

Penn State Health is accepting donations of gently used aluminum crutches, canes and walkers for its hospitals and outpatient locations now through Nov. 12.

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'Pay 4 Play' on WQXA 105.7 The X raises $310,095 for Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

The 15th annual People’s Pay 4 Play on 105.7 the X on Nov. 4 and 5 raised $310,095 for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. That brings the event’s 15-year fundraising tally to more than $2.5 million.

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Children’s Hospital expansion puts families first

Twelve months after Penn State Health Children’s Hospital completed a three-floor vertical expansion, it is clear that detailed preplanning was key to meeting the needs of patients, parents and staff.

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Latest Research

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Clinical trial to study if mindfulness helps with diabetes-related stress, health

Penn State College of Medicine researchers are studying whether online mindfulness-based stress reduction can reduce stress and average blood sugar levels in patients living with diabetes.

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Fit for a polyamine: microscopy opens doors for studying neurodegenerative disease

College of Medicine researcher Kenneth Lee is using cryogenic electron microscopy to study the structure of a particular protein with the hopes of developing new therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Researchers collaborate to develop smart skin grafts

Penn State researchers are teaming up to create smart skin grafts that can both improve the wound monitoring process and expedite healing in chronic wounds.

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Inspiring the next generation of cancer researchers: 2021 Penn State Cancer Research Day

Penn State Cancer Research Day aimed to highlight the research of Cancer Institute trainees from all disciplines, provide information about careers in cancer research and build a PSCI trainee community across Penn State.

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Zgierska to study factors promoting early childhood development

Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska and Penn State colleagues are part of a five-year, $5.8 million grant-funded study investigating factors promoting early childhood development.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: What you need to know about epilepsy

Epilepsy, affecting some 3.5 million children and adults in the U.S., is a brain disorder characterized by recurring seizures. With a combination of the right medical care and a healthy lifestyle, most patients can effectively manage their epilepsy and enjoy a high quality of life.

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The Medical Minute: Quitting smoking sooner could save your life

It’s well known that smoking causes lung cancer. But a new study suggests you can lower―or even erase―the risk of dying from lung cancer associated with continuous smoking if you quit when you’re young.

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The Medical Minute: Aerobic exercise speeds recovery for adolescents with sports-related concussions

Concussion patients are getting out of bed, coming back into the daylight and engaging in protected exercise earlier to stave off the effects of a concussion.

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The Medical Minute: Five questions answered on children and the COVID vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 2 gave emergency authorization for use of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for children as young as 5 years old. A pediatrician answers questions.

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The Medical Minute: Prostate cancer risks in African American men

African American men are at the highest risk for both developing and dying from prostate cancer. It is essential that this population take preventative measures and seek appropriate treatment if diagnosed.

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Latest Education

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Penn State team wins Big 10 Augmented Intelligence Bowl

Penn State team wins first place in Big 10 Augmented Intelligence Bowl by proposing software to simplify discharge instructions

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General surgery resident Patel recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Jay Patel, a general surgery resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in November 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Laufenberg recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Lacee Laufenberg is featured for November in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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From suturing to practicing robotic skill, high schoolers learn about surgical careers at Penn State College of Medicine camp

High schoolers learned suturing, robotic surgery and inserting tracheostomies during a first-ever surgical camp created by Penn State College of Medicine and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

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Family and community medicine resident Zoccoli recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Christina Zoccoli, a family and community medicine resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in October 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Latest Patient Care

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Orthopaedic Acute Injury Clinic’s same-day service kicks teen’s soccer season into gear

Injury threatened high school junior Brayden Sunho’s fall soccer plans until an unexpected assist from Penn State Bone and Joint Institute’s Orthopaedic Acute Injury Clinic saved the season.

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Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center recognized for excellence in patient safety

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania has recognized Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center for stellar performance ensuring patient safety.

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Penn State Health now scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 and up at dedicated vaccination sites

Penn State Health is now administering doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 17 years old at its dedicated vaccination sites in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lancaster counties.

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Being there: 24 hours with Pastoral Services

This two-part story covers a typical 24-hour span for chaplains before COVID-19 turned their world upside down.

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Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center opens to patients, providing greater access to high quality health care

Starting today, more West Shore residents have easier access to high quality health care, with the opening of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About...Healthy Holiday Celebrations

With talk of a potential winter surge, we check in with two physicians who specialize in infectious diseases for their advice on how to keep holiday celebrations safe and healthy this year.

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Ask Us Anything About... Chest Pain

Chest pain is not something to ignore. It has many possible causes and, in many cases, is related to the heart. But chest pain can also be caused by other problems. Some of these conditions are serious while others are not.

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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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Latest Community

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College of Medicine partners with Charter Homes and Neighborhoods to support veterans’ mental health

Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health and Charter Homes and Neighborhoods have launched an initiative to better support veterans’ mental health and employment challenges in central Pennsylvania.

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Honey, sweet honey: Penn State Health beekeepers’ annual harvest is in full swing

It’s a sweet time of year for Dr. Andrew Freiberg and Scott Stanley as they extract honey from Penn State Health hives and donate proceeds from honey sales to the Hershey Community Garden at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Show support of LGBTQ employees and patients on National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11

The Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion encourages employees to show support for sexual and gender minority patients and colleagues by wearing rainbow socks for National Coming Out Day on Monday, Oct. 11.

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center named one of 24 Tree Campus Healthcare facilities nationwide

For the second straight year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Hershey Medical Center as a Tree Campus Healthcare Institution.

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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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Latest People

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Hershey Medical Center selects senior vice president and chief operating officer

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has appointed Jody Reyes as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

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Honoring those who served: Penn State Health, College of Medicine salute veterans

Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine value the contributions of all military and veteran employees, learners and patients.

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Tan celebrates 50 years at Penn State College of Medicine, teaching, mentoring, caring for patients

Dr. Tjiauw-Ling Tan is celebrating 50 years as a psychiatrist with the College of Medicine, and at 86, he has no plans to retire anytime soon.

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I am Penn State Health: Margarita Biascochea

Margarita Biascochea, a patient care secretary at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, enjoys using her translation skills to help Hispanic patients feel at home the minute they arrive.

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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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