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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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Holy Spirit Medical Center main entrance renamed to honor Harrisburg couple

Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center’s main entrance now bears the names of two longtime Harrisburg leaders and Penn State donors, in recognition of their extraordinary gift to the hospital earlier this year.

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St. Joseph Medical Center unveils new automated lab system, significantly increasing capacity

A brand new, $1.5 million upgrade — fully funded through philanthropic dollars — will increase fivefold the capacity of the powerhouse clinical testing lab at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center.

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital opens expansion of Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital is increasing its capacity to provide the highest-level of care to critically ill and injured children with the expansion of one of its most specialized units, the Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit.

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Penn State Health explores future site options for Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

As part of its steadfast commitment to delivering behavioral health services that are greatly needed in central Pennsylvania, Penn State Health is exploring the possibility of new locations for Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute’s inpatient and outpatient services.

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Latest Research

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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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College of Medicine receives $20M grant to research alternative tobacco products

Penn State College of Medicine received a five-year, $20 million federal grant to investigate the harmful effects of alternative tobacco products.

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Penn State's Project ECHO team attends MetaECHO global conference

In 2023 Project ECHO celebrated its 20th anniversary along with the return of its annual conference, MetaECHO. The institute’s first gathering since 2019, MetaECHO 2023 was held in Albuquerque, New […]

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Latest Medical Minutes

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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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The Medical Minute: Trauma-informed care delves into root causes of health conditions

A person’s experiences with trauma can have serious effects on their health later in life. A Penn State Health expert discusses how health care is paying more attention and how you can help.

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The Medical Minute: When it comes to a stroke, time is brain

Learning a simple acronym could help you save a life. A Penn State Health expert explains why Time is Brain.

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The Medical Minute: Do you know your risks for breast cancer?

A woman of average risk should get her first mammogram at age 40. But how do you know your risk? A Penn State Health expert talks about what younger women can do.

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Latest Education

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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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Penn State places fourth out of 31 teams in global health competition

Penn State places fourth out of 31 teams in global health competition; Competition offers students chance to use classroom knowledge to solve complex hypothetical public health crisis

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Latest Patient Care

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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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Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s heart transplant survival rate highest in the state

More than 94 percent of all patients who receive a heart transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center survive for at least three years after their surgery.

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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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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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Every Scrub Cap Tells a Story at Penn State Health – Join Us!

Discover how Penn State Health embraces personal expression through vibrant scrub caps. Meet our team and see how you can make a difference.

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Penn State Health pays tribute to veterans, active duty military for Memorial Day

Penn State Health held a Memorial Day observance on May 23 to honor those who lost their lives during their service in the U.S. armed forces.

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Spring Drug Take-Back Day collects nearly 700 pounds of medications

Penn State Health collected nearly 700 pounds of unneeded or expired medications, needles and syringes for safe disposal during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27.

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Lessons for the mind: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center stroke team outreach focuses on stopping strokes

Members of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Stroke Program visit places like Paxtonia Elementary School in Harrisburg to spread the world -- when it comes to strokes, seconds count.

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Latest People

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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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Black Maternal Health events put focus on health care disparities

Black Maternal Health Week events increased awareness of the critical issue of maternal mortality.

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