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A dozen members of the Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, wearing masks and scrubs, stand together in a hospital corridor while displaying an award certificate.

Winning gold: Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit earns national honor

The Children’s Hospital earned a prestigious gold-level Beacon Award in recognition of best practices, such as nurse-doctor forums for communication and job shadowing opportunities, that improve patient outcomes.

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Woodstream gifts $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Woodstream Corporation announced a $100,000 gift to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital to fund life-saving equipment, family-centered programs and transformative research.

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Penn State Health to again take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Penn State Health will provide an opportunity to drop off unwanted, unneeded or expired medication for safe disposal on Saturday, Oct. 23, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative.

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A niche audience: Older adult patients benefit from award-winning mobility initiative

The 6th Floor Acute Care Unit earned a coveted NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) award for a program that encourages mobility among older patients.

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Penn State Health offers booster shots and third doses for eligible patients

Penn State Health is now offering booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to fully vaccinated individuals who meet eligibility requirements.

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Latest Research

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Social support systems key in treating tuberculosis in India

A team of researchers found that Tuberculosis patients in India, who had a network of support, adhered to their medication better than those who felt isolated or rejected.

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Orthopaedics and rehabilitation faculty to lay groundwork for synthetic tendon and ligament implant development

Researchers from the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation are part of a project that will lay the groundwork for synthetic tendon and ligament implant development.

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Connor, engineering colleague to develop tumor-mimicking biomaterial

A College of Medicine researcher has joined a project aiming to develop a biomaterial that can be used to simulate the response of pediatric brain cancers to different treatment approaches.

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Penn State receives $25 million to enhance medical research, human health

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has awarded Penn State more than $25 million to provide critical clinical and translational research infrastructure and continue building collaborative partnerships.

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Proof in the produce: voucher program may help diabetes patients manage their health

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine have teamed up with staff from the Veggie Rx program to figure out if the program was improving health outcomes for patients.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: You got your mother’s blue eyes. Will you get her breast cancer, too?

Family traits can be a source of pride – and a source of worry. Fortunately, only 5% to 10% of all cancers can be linked to a genetic mutation passed on from your mom or dad. How can you gauge your genetic risk?

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The Medical Minute: What parents need to know about a rise in RSV

After a year of COVID-19 precautions that saw virtually no cases of this common childhood illness, respiratory syncytial virus – or RSV – is back with a vengeance, and health care professionals are concerned.

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The Medical Minute: Advanced practice providers play essential role in today’s health care environment

“Is anyone here an advanced practice provider?” Their name might not have the same ring to it as their doctor counterparts, but other members of a health care team are playing bigger roles in care. A guide to other people behind the stethoscopes in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Unmasking strategies to help kids navigate mixed views on face coverings

Long a polarizing issue among adults, masks have become a source of contention among children and, unfortunately, a perfect set-up for bullying, with children taking many of their cues from things they hear their parents say at home.

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The Medical Minute: Maintaining vaginal health as you age

With periods, pregnancies and pap smears in the rearview mirror, menopausal women may stop tending to health below their waist. A Penn State Health urogynecologist offers women advice as they age.

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Latest Education

A portrait of Dr. Christina Zoccoli in a lab coat is shown next to the words “Our Students Present Exceptional Moments in Teaching Residents/Fellows.”

Family and community medicine resident Zoccoli recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Christina Zoccoli, a family and community medicine resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in October 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Students on pathway to graduate medical school in three years celebrate at signing ceremony

Students participated in a signing ceremony on Sept. 29 for the Penn State College of Medicine MD Accelerated Pathways program. They will graduate in three instead of four years.

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Bonavia recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Anthony Bonavia is featured for October in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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All 2021 Penn State College of Medicine Physician Assistant graduates pass certifying exam

All 176 graduates of Penn State College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program during the last six years have passed their national certifying exams on their first attempts. 2021’s class was no exception.

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Penn State Health celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Penn State Health is honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans by hosting cultural events during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

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Latest Patient Care

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Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center opens to patients, providing greater access to high quality health care

Starting today, more West Shore residents have easier access to high quality health care, with the opening of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center.

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Husband-and-wife research team bring patient-focused expertise to MR-guided radiotherapy program

Bryan and Melanie Traughber, a husband-and-wife research team, are drawing the attention of the national medical community for their innovative work with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-guided linear accelerator.

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Leaving their mark: COVID-19 staff collaborate on glass mosaic

The third floor Acute Care staff at Hershey Medical Center, otherwise known as the COVID unit, came together over the art project much as they came together throughout the pandemic a fingerprint mosaic made from 200 glass tiles.

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Pediatric specialty services relocate to 35 Hope Drive Oct. 4

Four Penn State Health pediatric specialty practices will move to a new location at 35 Hope Drive on Hershey Medical Center’s East Health Campus, effective Monday, Oct. 4.

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Virtual behavioral health services now available to all through Penn State Health OnDemand app

Community members can now access behavioral health services on their computer, smartphone or tablet using the Penn State Health OnDemand app.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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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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Ask Us Anything About... Dementia

Dementia is a collective term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline, such as forgetfulness. It is a symptom of several underlying diseases and brain disorders. Dementia is not a single disease in itself, but a general term to describe symptoms of impairment in memory, communication and thinking. In this interview, Dr. Chen Zhao, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, answers questions about the causes, risk factors and treatments for dementia.

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Ask Us Anything About… Hemorrhagic Stroke

There are two types of stroke -- ischemic and hemorrhagic -- with hemorrhagic being less common. It happens when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. In this interview, neurologist Dr. David Wilkinson talks about the symptoms, causes and treatment of hemorrhagic stroke -- and why it's critical to seek prompt medical attention when stroke is suspected.

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Latest Community

Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski delivers a speech while standing at a podium at the groundbreaking ceremony for the first home being built as part of the Got Your 6 at Home initiative.

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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Show support of LGBTQ employees and patients on National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11

The Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion encourages employees to show support for sexual and gender minority patients and colleagues by wearing rainbow socks for National Coming Out Day on Monday, Oct. 11.

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center named one of 24 Tree Campus Healthcare facilities nationwide

For the second straight year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Hershey Medical Center as a Tree Campus Healthcare Institution.

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United Way Stuff the Bus campaign yields record results

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine employees stuffed not one, but two buses with school and health supplies, and St. Joseph Medical Center employees stuffed 51 backpacks.

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Latest People

Margarita Biascochea smiles as she sits behind a desk with a computer monitor in front her. She has long hair, glasses and wears a zip-up sweat suit jacket over her shirt.

I am Penn State Health: Margarita Biascochea

Margarita Biascochea, a patient care secretary at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, enjoys using her translation skills to help Hispanic patients feel at home the minute they arrive.

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Vyas named to leadership roles in Department of Pediatrics, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Dr. Yatin Vyas has been selected for key leadership roles in the Department of Pediatrics and Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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I am Penn State Health: Sean Dolphin

“I love dealing with IT issues,” said no one ever – except Sean Dolphin. See how the senior support specialist at Penn State Health helps his colleagues overcome computer glitches.

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Saunders selected for AAMC dean fellowship program

Dr. Erika Saunders will participate in the Association of American Medical Colleges 2021-2022 Council of Deans Fellowship Program, which is intended to develop future leaders in academic medicine.

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Penn State Health names Ettinger vice president, physician leader, of Heart and Vascular Services

Penn State Health has appointed Dr. Steven M. Ettinger to the newly created position of vice president and physician leader of Cardiovascular Services.

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