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Penn State Health surgeons discuss hernias at educational event

Penn State Health surgeons hosted free hernia education presentations and screenings on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Penn State Health Specialty Services.

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Penn State Health and College of Medicine recognize achievements of faculty, staff and students

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine have compiled the following list of appointments and awards to showcase accolades for faculty, staff and students.

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Penn State Health welcomes first babies of 2023

As we flip our calendars to a new year, here’s a look at the first babies to be born across Penn State Health in 2023.

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Ollie’s donates $25,000 to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet managed to turn a range of sports memorabilia into a $25,000 donation for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Mid Penn Bank, Department of Urology shatter No-Shave November fundraising record

Mid Penn Bank and the Department of Urology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center raised $241,000 for men’s health and cancer research.

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Latest Research

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Machine learning identifies drugs that could potentially help smokers quit

Medications like dextromethorphan, used to treat coughs caused by cold and flu, could potentially be repurposed to help people quit smoking, according to a Penn State College of Medicine study.

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Penn State CTSI: Building the Foundation for Rural Health Equity

As a Clinical and Translational Science Award program with a rural focus, Penn State CTSI fosters collaborative research and provides resources to help discoveries reach people needing them most.

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Rural hospital closures affect operations of surrounding hospitals

A study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that nearby hospitals see increased emergency department visits and admissions as a result of rural hospital closures.

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Many genes linked to alcohol and tobacco use are shared among diverse ancestries

Penn State researchers co-led a study that identified more than 2,300 genes predicting alcohol and tobacco use. They found many of these genes were similar among people with diverse ancestries.

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Cancer Institute researcher awarded grant to increase diversity in clinical trials

Penn State Cancer Institute researcher Dr. Monali Vasekar has received the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Award from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Could that breast pain be cancer? When to get a mammogram

Pain in your breast means you better get a mammogram, right? Not always, says a Penn State Health radiologist, who sounds off on when it’s best to get your screening in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Hernia – the common, treatable condition no one is talking about

‘Tis the season for heart attacks shoveling snow – but don’t forget about hernias. A Penn State Health doctor discusses the ailment and when you should seek help.

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The Medical Minute: Hamlin's cardiac arrest highlights need for equipment, training

The medical emergency suffered by Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills underscores the importance of speed when responding to cardiac arrest. Two Penn State Health physicians offer guidance.

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The Medical Minute: Making a holiday present of being present

Last minute gift idea: Take a deep breath. Let it go. Repeat. A Penn State Health psychiatrist offers a remedy for holiday stress.

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The Medical Minute: A healthy holiday includes giving gifts – and a good attitude

Giving and receiving aren’t just holiday traditions. They’re good for your brain, too. A Penn State Health counselor shares his perspective.

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Latest Education

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Anesthesiology resident Vargo recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Trevor Vargo, an anesthesiology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in January as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Gilbert recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Bernadatte Gilbert, a physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, is featured for January in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Orthopaedic surgery resident Thomas recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Rachel Thomas, an orthopaedic surgery resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in December 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program […]

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Kulaylat recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Afif Kulaylat, a physician in the Department of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, is featured for December in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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3D-printing student interest group inspires next generation of STEM professionals

A Penn State College of Medicine medical student 3D-printing interest group is helping inspire the next generation of scientists and clinicians. They demonstrate what medicine means.

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Latest Patient Care

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Morrell named December DAISY Award recipient by Holy Spirit Medical Center

Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center presented the December 2022 DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to Jessica Morrell, a registered nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

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The first cry: Lancaster Medical Center staff almost as thrilled as parents at first new baby

They'd waited so long for the big day. And when Townsley Stetzler arrived as their first baby, the staff at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center was almost as thrilled as his parents.

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Miller, Smeltz recognized by Hampden Medical Center in touching DAISY Award ceremony

Hampden Medical Center presented the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to two Women and Babies nurses who provided special care to a mother who lost her baby. Christy Miller and Kelly Smeltz, both registered nurses on the Women’s Health unit, provided care to the patient through a traumatic time and helped her begin a journey to healing.

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Jim’s phantoms: Wounded veteran finds freedom from pain 56 years later thanks to Hershey Medical Center procedure

Veteran Jim Morton has been tortured by excruciating pain in limbs he lost during the Vietnam War half a century ago. Now, thanks to a procedure at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Morton is moving on.

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Heart patient goes extra mile, literally, while awaiting transplant

A former Marine is taking nearly 7-mile-long walks at Hershey Medical Center each day while he awaits a heart transplant.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… RSV in Children

We’ve been hearing a lot about RSV -- or respiratory syncytial virus -- lately. While cases are reported every year, an early influx of cases -- and of hospitalizations, including among children -- is adding to concern this year. We find out what parents need to know from Dr. Jessica Ericson, a pediatric infectious diseases physician, and Dr. Duane Williams, a pediatric critical care physician -- both of Penn State Health Children's Hospital.

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Ask Us Anything About... Knee Problems

Approximately a quarter of all adults suffer from knee pain. We learn more about the causes of and treatments for a range of knee ailments from two Penn State Health orthopedic surgeons: Dr. Charles Davis and Dr. Aman Dhawan.

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Ask Us Anything About... Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is relatively common, with some 80,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. Dr. Matthew Kaag, clinical vice chair in the Department of Urology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, provides insights about risk factors, symptoms and treatments and answers viewers questions.

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Ask Us Anything About... Midwifery

A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in midwifery and special certification and advanced training to offer personalized care during pregnancy and childbirth. In this interview, Certified Nurse Midwife Katie Watkins, of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, shares some important  information for expectant mothers.

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Ask Us Anything About... Children’s Outdoor Injuries

It’s spring…and soon summer. And as our kids head outside to ride their bikes, climb trees and hit the playground, some dangers await. In this interview, we’re focused on safety and how to help your children avoid common outdoor injuries.

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Latest Community

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Penn State Health Inclusion Week events bring participants together

Penn State Health’s 2023 Inclusion Week began on Jan. 16 with events recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The health system provided numerous opportunities to honor the work of Dr. King through collaborations with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey, Hampden, Holy Spirit and St. Joseph medical centers.

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Drug Take-Back Day collects more than 415 pounds of medications

Penn State Health received 415.8 pounds of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications and more than 20 sharps containers for safe disposal during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29.

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Project ECHO at Penn State awarded “Superhub” status

As a Superhub, Penn State is authorized to train new ECHO partners (called “hubs”) within the U.S. and across the globe – providing technical assistance and support to other ECHO partners as they grow their programs.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center partners with Highmark to support community health

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center and Highmark jointly sponsor an Oct. 16 family health fair at The Giorgi Companies’ office in Blandon, Pa.

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College of Medicine, Nursing collaborate on community education series to help dementia caregivers

Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing have launched a new community education series for dementia caregivers.

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Latest People

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Penn State Health names Armstrong vice president and physician leader for orthopedic services

Penn State Health has named Dr. April Armstrong to the position of vice president for orthopedic services for Penn State Health Medical Group.

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Penn State Health names Peter Ostasewski medical group CFO

Peter Ostasewski has been named vice president and chief financial officer for Penn State Health Medical Group, effective Dec. 19.

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Rader recognized with DAISY Award by St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center presented the November DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to Angela Rader, a registered nurse on 2 North.

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Cirko joins Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center Nov. 21 as vice president of mission and ministry

Alexandria Cirko will join Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center on Monday, Nov. 21 as vice president of mission and ministry.

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Catching up with Dr. Inginia Genao

Dr. Inginia Genao shares insights into the rebuilding process within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Belonging at Penn State College of Medicine.

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