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McClure Company gift supports Penn State Health’s two newest community hospitals

McClure Company has committed $300,000 to support Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center.

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Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center receives national accreditation for its Comprehensive Weight Management program

Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center has earned Comprehensive Center accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

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Penn State Health begins construction on comprehensive cancer center at Hampden Medical Center

Penn State Health today celebrated the expansion of its integrated network of comprehensive cancer services with a groundbreaking ceremony for Penn State Health Cancer Center at Hampden Medical Center.

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Three Penn State Health hospitals introduce new technology for treatment of atrial fibrillation

Three Penn State Health hospitals are among the first in Pennsylvania to offer patients pulsed field ablation – a new treatment for atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia.

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Penn State Health hospitals earn milestone recognition from vascular testing accrediting agency

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has recognized Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey and St. Joseph medical centers for their long-term commitments to improving patient outcomes and safety.

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Latest Research

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College of Medicine leads NIH grant investigating the use of artificial intelligence to improve outcomes for stroke patients

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine were awarded more than $2 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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Graduate student awarded prestigious fellowship from National Science Foundation

Paige (Elizabeth) Bond, a doctoral student at the College of Medicine, has been selected as a fellow for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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Diversity in clinical trials helps advance new medications, therapies

Clinical trials of new medical procedures and treatments are critical to advancements in patient care. Those trials can save lives. But diverse populations are often underrepresented in clinical trials.

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Center for the Protection of Children has launched free, updated child abuse training

Penn State College of Medicine’s Center for the Protection of Children has launched a new version of its free, interactive learning program iLookOut for Child Abuse (iLookOut).

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Q&A: Can weight loss drugs help in addiction treatment?

A new class of drugs, called GLP-1 receptor agonist drugs, are approved for use in diabetes and for weight loss. Researchers have found that they might help with other conditions too, like cardiovascular disease and addiction.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Relax and let the experts handle your Independence Day fireworks

Want to enjoy Independence Day fireworks responsibly? A Penn State Health physician offers tips to help you celebrate with a bang – safely.

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The Medical Minute: Open water safety 101

At the beach or on a boat, there are extra safety considerations to keep in mind when it comes to open, natural bodies of water — like oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds. Two Penn State Health experts offer advice in this Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: What to know about skin cancer

Skin cancer is common, but the good news is – it’s preventable, treatable and in many cases, curable. A Penn State Health expert discusses how to protect yourself and when you should see a doctor.

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The Medical Minute: Why does my head hurt? What can I do about it?

Everybody has them. A Penn State Health expert with nearly 50 years of experience talks about the best way to treat headaches.

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The Medical Minute: The dangers of cerebral aneurysms

You might never know they’re there. But brain aneurysms can turn into ticking time bombs medical science is still attempting to understand. A Penn State Health expert discusses the unsure world of cerebral aneurysms.

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Latest Education

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College of Medicine’s PA class of 2024 achieves perfect PANCE pass rate

The Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine is celebrating the class of 2024 for an impressive accomplishment.

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Slinkard and Timbrook recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Kristen Slinkard, MD, faculty member, and Fredrick Timbrook, MD, resident, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for the month of June.

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New learners join Penn State College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine welcomed 30 new students

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Penn State College of Medicine presents Commencement 2024 Awards

As part of its Commencement 2024 celebration, Penn State College of Medicine recognizes several graduates from the medical student, physician assistant, MD/PhD and graduate programs who did outstanding work in their academic and clinical careers.

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Pantanelli and Song recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Seth Pantanelli, MD, MS, faculty member, and Chen Song, MD, fellow, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for the month of May.

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Latest Patient Care

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Dream delivery: Lancaster mom welcomes baby with first water birth at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center

Darian Burger is the first patient to use a birthing tub at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center’s Family Birth Suite. Now, the Lancaster County mom discusses her experience.

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Penn State Health adds new, specially equipped pediatric ambulance to its fleet

A new pediatric ambulance featuring several pieces of specialty equipment has joined the Penn State Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport fleet.

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Vascular surgery consultations offered at Exeter Outpatient Center beginning May 15

Penn State Health Exeter Outpatient Center in Exeter Township will expand its specialty services to include vascular surgery consultations.

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Behind Every ER Visit: The Essential Role of Patient Registration Associates at Penn State Health

A trip to the emergency room is something no one wants to experience. People arrive by ambulance and by car, hurting and scared. Fast, quality care is essential—but so is […]

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Diabetes disparities: Penn State Health diabetes specialist works to improve health equity

No one wants to hear the “Big D” diagnosis—diabetes. If you’re a person of color, diabetes management may be affected by limited access to technology, increasing risk of complications.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Enlarged Prostates

There are more treatment options than ever for enlarged prostate, according to Dr. Jaime Herrera Caceres, a urologist at Penn State Health's Hampden Medical Center and Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About… Stomach Pain

We all have stomach pains from time to time. But how can we pinpoint the cause and determine when it may be serious and warrant medical attention?

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Ask Us Anything About… Cholesterol Screening

Dr. Patrick Fitzsimmons, an interventional cardiologist at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, covers what you need to know about cholesterol and the importance of knowing your numbers.

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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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Latest Community

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Diversity Grand Rounds explore addictions, disabilities, vulnerable populations

Penn State Health Diversity Council representatives explored such topics as addiction, disabilities, cultural differences, vulnerable populations and health equity during Diversity Grand Rounds the first half of 2024.

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‘Health To Go’ interactive vending machine launches

Penn State College of Medicine has partnered with the SOS Berks Opioid Coalition to launch a new smart ‘Health To Go’ vending machine that can provide free health, wellness and personal care items and connect users to community services.

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Penn State Health celebrates Juneteenth with presentations and family event

Penn State Health recognized Juneteenth with two events for all health system and Penn State College of Medicine employees, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

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Pride Month at Penn State Health means inclusive care all year round

Providing inclusive, equitable access to health care to members of the LGBTQ+ community is a consistent commitment at Penn State Health, not just during Pride Month but every day.

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Community Health Improvement Week highlights outreach efforts

Penn State Health and College of Medicine employees contributed approximately 126,000 community benefit hours in fiscal year 2023.

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Latest People

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Lancaster Medical Center presents Shinsky with Mountain Laurel Award

Lancaster Medical Center has named Amanda Shinsky, chief technologist in Radiology, as its Mountain Laurel Award recipient for the first quarter of 2024.

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St. Joseph Medical Center names three DAISY Award recipients

St. Joseph Medical Center presented three DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses from late December 2023 through April.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center nurses reflect on their ‘noble profession’

Three St. Joseph Medical Center nurses share relate why they entered the profession and how the medical center supports nursing.

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Rizk named Hershey Medical Center 2024 Physician of the Year

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center leaders and employees named pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Elias Rizk the 2024 Physician of the Year.

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Harter wins Hampden Medical Center BEE Award

Joshua Harter, patient care associate, Med/Surge, is the recipient of Hampden Medical Center’s BEE (Be Extraordinary Every Day) Award.

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