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Mimi Beck, who is a registered nurse in the Critical Care Unit at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, appears on a computer monitor standing next to a patient who is lying in a hospital bed. A family member sits next to the patient. Susan Richwine, a registered nurse care manager for virtual Intensive Care services at Penn State Health, sits behind the computer monitor, her back to us and her hand on a computer mouse, and speaks with Beck via video conferencing equipment.

Penn State Health Virtual ICU service celebrates one-year anniversary with lifesaving success stories and future innovations

Penn State Health’s virtual intensive care services marked its one-year anniversary by expanding from critical care to respiratory therapy and emergency room care, with plans to add two more hospitals.

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Hemophilia Treatment Center of Central Pennsylvania celebrates 50th anniversary

Hershey Medical Center established the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Central PA in March 1973 under the leadership of Dr. M. Elaine Eyster.

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Cancer Institute researcher receives grant award to increase diversity in clinical trials

Penn State Cancer Institute researcher Stuthi Perimbeti, MD, has received the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Award.

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Penn State Health reports revenue growth for FY 2023 and Q1 2024 and improved operating income in the first quarter

Penn State Health reported its financial results for fiscal year 2023 and the first quarter of 2024 and delivered improved revenue for both periods.

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Religious diversity supports more inclusive environment for employees and patients

Penn State Health’s commitment to diversity extends beyond race, ethnicity and gender and includes religious diversity, or a wide range of belief systems and faiths within a community.

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Latest Research

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Donors continue son’s legacy with estate gift to personalized medicine

A recent estate gift from Dr. and Mrs. Vali and Pari Kermani will expand the Kia Kermani Foundation Research Fund for Personalized Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Rh sensitization treatment may be unnecessary in first trimester pregnancies

An immune treatment may not be necessary until after the first trimester of pregnancy, according to Penn State research. The results could change pregnancy care guidelines and close health equity gaps.

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Black bisexual women in rural areas are at highest risk for suicidal behaviors

Penn State College of Medicine researchers said they conducted a “first-of-its-kind study,” revealing how various demographic factors intersect to affect a person’s risk of having suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

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College of Medicine receives record-breaking $160M in annual research funding

Between April and June 2023, College of Medicine researchers received 195 grants and contracts totaling $57.04 million for research.

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College of Medicine researchers develop app to encourage long term physical activity, reduce Alzheimer’s risk

College of Medicine researchers are studying whether training people to set and monitor their progress toward short-term, everyday physical activity goals encourages them to stay physically active long term.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Alzheimer’s disease basics, what you can do to prevent it

Alzheimer’s disease slowly erases memories and cognitive abilities, upending families ― and it’s incurable. But there are steps you can take to slow and prevent it, says a Penn State Health expert.

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The Medical Minute: Getting help with mental health – a beginner’s guide

You want to talk with someone about some nagging thoughts or worrisome behaviors. But who? And how do you find them? A Penn State Health mental health expert provides a guide for counseling newbies.

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The Medical Minute: Need health care help and don’t speak the language? You’re covered.

Ayuda. Aide. Ajuda. Herupu. Maddata. Help. No matter how you ask for it, health care professionals want to make sure language doesn’t get in the way. A Penn State Health expert discusses how medical interpreters can help.

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The Medical Minute: Halloween edition ― three healthy tricks, three healthy treats

Looking for tricks and treats this Halloween? A Penn State Health doctor offers three of each that could help lead to good health.

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The Medical Minute: Parents can guard against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Whether it’s nap time or bed time, there’s a safe way to urge your baby to sleep. A Penn State Health expert discusses why it’s so important to take the right steps.

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Latest Education

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Rizk and Hussaini recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Elias Rizk, MD, and fellow Zeba Hussaini, MD, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for the month of November.

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October Exceptional Moments in Teaching announced

Kofi Clarke, MD, and resident Blake Baer, MD, were named Exceptional Moments in Teaching awardees for the month of October.

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A summer of opportunities: Penn State College of Medicine hosts first cohort of clinical research interns

Six Penn State students participated in a clinical research internship at Penn State College of Medicine during summer 2023.

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Fahy recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Aodhnai “Adi” Fahy, MBBCh, PhD, is featured for September in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Borusiewicz recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Mikayla Borusiewicz, MD, a fifth-year Plastic Surgery resident, is featured for August in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Latest Patient Care

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A GPS for your mind: Penn State Health’s Brainlab surgical system helps teen recover from hemorrhage

Brainlab, which couples computer-generated images with actual patient radiograph studies, creates a mixed-reality perspective a neurosurgeon calls “a GPS for your brain.”

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The Joint Commission awards Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification

The Joint Commission has certified Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, signifying a high level of commitment to caring for stroke patients.

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Hershey Medical Center recognized for exceptional patient safety

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania has recognized Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for outstanding performance in patient safety.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center names three DAISY Award winners in July, August

St. Joseph Medical Center presented three DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses in July and August. The winners were Charles Stork, a float pool nurse; Eric Trubilla, a critical care nurse; and Desiree Ebert, a critical care nurse.

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Safety first, growth always: Camp Lionheart gives pediatric heart patients a chance at normalcy

For eight years, Camp Lionheart has taken every precaution to give kids with heart defects and their families a weeklong respite. Safety is a meticulously designed machine that’s so well-oiled you barely know it’s there.

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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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Penn State Health socks out bias on National Coming Out Day

Penn State Health celebrated National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 by encouraging everyone to “sock out” bias and discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) communities.

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Penn State Health patient councils support unique needs and interests of diverse populations

Penn State Health is working to address the unique interests, issues and needs of these patient populations through the work of three diverse patient advisory councils.

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How childhood trauma can affect health for a lifetime

Those who experience four or more adverse experiences during childhood are at significantly higher risk of developing chronic health problems and serious mental illness.

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Dispose of medications safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Oct. 28

Penn State Health will collect unwanted, unneeded or expired medications, needles and syringes for safe disposal on Saturday, Oct. 28, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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Penn State Health teams raise money to save lives at Heart Walks

Nearly 140 walkers on more than a dozen teams represented Penn State Health during American Heart Association Heart Walk events in Harrisburg and Lancaster, raising more than $8,000.

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Latest People

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Penn State Health observes Transgender Day of Remembrance in November

Penn State Health acknowledged Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, a day that honors the memory of lives lost through acts of anti-transgender violence.

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Penn State Health advanced practice providers recognized as inaugural APPs of the Year

Twelve Penn State Health advanced practice providers (APPs) were honored with the first APP of the Year awards on Sept. 27

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Sock Out Bias on National Coming Out Day Oct. 11

Show your support for LGBTQ+ people by wearing rainbow socks on National Coming Out Day Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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Brandyberry receives Lancaster Medical Center’s DAISY Award

Lancaster Medical Center presented its first-ever DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Katie Brandyberry, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department.

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Ostman, Kemmerer recognized as Hampden, Holy Spirit medical centers’ Providers of the Quarter

The Hampden and Holy Spirit medical center Medical Executive Committees selected Dr. Henry Ostman and Jacob Kemmerer as Providers of the Quarter.

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