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Penn State Health revises visitation and mask guidelines

Penn State Health revises visitation guidelines.

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Penn State Health welcomes first babies of 2022

As we flip our calendars to a new year, here’s a look at the first babies to be born at Hershey Medical Center, Hampden Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center in 2022.

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Penn State Health advises patients not to head to Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing

Penn State Health advises the public that hospital emergency departments should not be used for routine COVID-19 testing.

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Children’s Hospital among organizations benefiting from Heritage Toyota Harrisburg’s ‘Day of Giving’ campaign

Heritage Toyota Harrisburg presented Penn State Health Children’s Hospital with nearly $20,000 as part of the dealership’s “Day of Giving” campaign. The money will benefit Four Diamonds and the hospital’s Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Program.

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Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center earns trauma center reaccreditation

Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center has earned reaccreditation as a Level II Trauma Center, in recognition of its ability to provide around-the-clock complex critical care for patients experiencing life-threatening and disabling injuries.

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Latest Research

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Weight loss before infertility treatment may not increase healthy births for women with obesity

A College of Medicine-led study found that women with obesity and unexplained infertility who lost weight prior to starting infertility treatments did not have a greater chance of having a healthy baby than those who did not lose weight prior to starting therapy.

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COVID-19 case trajectories may be predicted by surveying communities

The public’s willingness to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations correlates with COVID-19 case projections in zip codes where those surveyed about their intended behaviors live, according to a Penn State College of Medicine study.

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College of Medicine team develops nanoscale ‘computer’ that controls function of protein, influences cell behavior

College of Medicine researchers have produced a nanocomputing agent that can control the function of a particular protein that is involved in cell movement and cancer metastasis.

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College of Medicine receives nearly $50 million to advance research

Between July and September 2021, Penn State College of Medicine received 208 grants and contracts totaling $49.9 million for research.

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E-cigs with cigarette-like nicotine delivery may help cigarette smokers quit

Electronic cigarettes with cigarette-like nicotine delivery may help some people stop smoking cigarettes, according to a new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Doing for others lifts your mood—and improves your health

Your community service can make all the difference for the people around you. But what does it do for you? Two Penn State Health providers talk about what volunteer work does for them and how it can help you.

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The Medical Minute: Yes, the hospital needs your blood. And yes, it’s safe to give.

What does a blood shortage mean for patients? How did we get here? And why Type O? A Penn State Health blood bank director weighs in.

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The Medical Minute: Ring in the New Year, rein in your drinking

People in the U.S. had a billion more drinks per month from February 2020 to November 2020. A Penn State Heath addiction expert discusses when it’s time to quit alcohol.

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The Medical Minute: Health tips for a jolly old elf (a holiday survival guide for the rest of us)

It’s his biggest night of the year. But for all the gift giving and fun, stress comes with the package for Santa Claus. Penn State Health experts offer tips to keep Santa healthy this year (and you as well).

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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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Penn State College of Medicine recognizes Swanson for exceptional teaching

Dr. Benjamin Swanson, a psychiatry resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in January 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program.

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De Jesus recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Sol De Jesus, assistant professor and vice chair for quality in the Department of Neurology, Division of Movement Disorders, is featured for January in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Radiology resident Chen recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Jing Chen, a radiology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in December 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Penn State College of Medicine, Dickinson Law host 'Summit on Health Justice'

Members of the Penn State community will join participants from Dickinson Law and the College of Medicine to discuss issues pertaining to inequalities in health and health care, and the related costs.

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Rakszawski recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Kevin Rakszawski is featured for December in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Latest Patient Care

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital has prestigious surgical designation reaffirmed

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital has achieved Level 1 Children’s Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for its ability to provide exceptional surgical care.

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Penn State Health launches new primary care sports medicine specialty in Berks County

Penn State Health St. Joseph’s primary care sports medicine physicians provide personalized care, from routine checkups to help managing chronic conditions to treatment of sports injuries.

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New lab to treat heart rhythm disturbances is next phase in Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center Heart Institute expansion

Patients with cardiac rhythm disturbances, such as atrial fibrillation, Wolff-Parkinson-White and sick sinus syndrome, are now being treated at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in a new electrophysiology laboratory.

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Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center welcomes its first baby

The Women and Babies Center at Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is now open and serving patients on the West Shore.

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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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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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Military/veteran BERGs expanding, open for membership

In 2017, the health system established its first military veteran business and employee resource group (BERG) to help retain veteran employees.

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Penn State Health, Association of Faculty and Friends’ Lion’s Share raise food, funds for families in need

Penn State Health and the Association of Faculty and Friend’s Lion’s Share collected 756 pounds of food for a Harrisburg food pantry and clinic.

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Be an ally: Business, employee resource groups invite employees to help build inclusive workplace

Business and Employee Resource Groups are helping Penn State Health become more diverse and inclusive. They are looking for additional members to join candid discussions on creating a better workplace and patient care environment.

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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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Latest People

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Levine leads Office for Professional Mental Health

Dr. Martha Peaslee Levine has been named director of the Office for Professional Mental Health at Penn State College of Medicine, effective Jan. 1.

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Dalton named regional medical director at Penn State Health Medical Group, Metro Harrisburg Region

Dr. Tatiana Dalton has been named regional medical director at Penn State Health Medical Group, where she will provide clinical and administrative leadership for the Medical Group’s practices in the Metro Harrisburg region.

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Penn State Health appoints Leaming as Hampden Medical Center’s vice president for medical affairs

Dr. James Leaming transitioned from interim vice president for medical affairs, a role he has held since May 2021.

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Penn State Health names chief nursing officer for Lancaster Medical Center

Penn State Health has named Barbara Zuppa as its chief nursing officer for Lancaster Medical Center effective Monday, Jan. 17.

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Anybody need a little holiday cheer?

Here are just a few other ways Penn State Health and College of Medicine employees have helped conjure up visions of sugar plums in their workplaces and communities this year.

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