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38th Children’s Miracle Network Telethon raises $366,819

The 38th annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Telethon raised $366,819 to benefit equipment, programs and research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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St. Joseph Medical Center names Wolf vice president of medical affairs

Dr. Kimberly Wolf has accepted the permanent role of vice president of medical affairs for Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center after serving in the interim role since February.

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Doctor of public health student to intern with federal mental health, substance misuse agency

Liba Blumberger, a Penn State doctor of public health student, has been selected to participate in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s summer internship program.

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38th Children's Miracle Network Telethon to air on WGAL8

The 38th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefitting Penn State Health Children’s Hospital will air Monday, June 6, through Thursday, June 9, on WGAL8.

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Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital receives fundraising awards

Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital received two awards from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nationwide organization of 170 hospitals serving pediatric patients and families, to highlight their 2021 fundraising success.

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Latest Research

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Multiscale imaging confirms protein’s role in neuronal structure and dynamics

College of Medicine researchers found in a new study that a long-observed protein structure called cofilactin was shown to play a major role in neuronal structure and dynamics.

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Vaccines have up to 90% efficacy against severe COVID-19 for up to six months

Protection against symptomatic COVID-19 begins to decrease after one month from initial vaccination, while immunity against severe COVID-19 remains high for about six months, according to a recent study by Penn State College of Medicine scientists.

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Clinical trial leads to FDA approval of two medications for treatment of COVID-19

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center played a role in helping two medications obtain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for treating COVID-19.

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Toxic protein ‘variant’ may be the next target for ALS therapies

Penn State research shows that ‘variant’ complexes of a protein implicated in ALS pathology form in separate pathways, a discovery that may lead to new therapies.

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Cancer, cardiovascular disease and COVID-19: College of Medicine faculty receive research funds

Between January and March 2022, Penn State College of Medicine received 145 grants and contracts totaling $32.8 million for research.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Pro tips for new dads ― and a brush-up for old pros

Dad’s tool kit often has everything you need for fixing a car, sharpening the mower and growing up. A Penn State Health child psychiatrist offers a checklist for new dads and old pros looking to take stock – in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Aortic dissection starts a race against the clock

Aortic dissections are among the most dire repercussions of unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking. But a Penn State Health cardiac surgeon says a new treatment can improve the outlook for some patients.

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The Medical Minute: Talking to your child about school shootings

How do you speak to your child about the unspeakable ― another shooting at a U.S. school? A Penn State Health Children’s Hospital psychiatrist offers six steps in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Tips for safely navigating the baby formula shortage

A nationwide shortage of baby formula has many parents anxious. Pediatricians with Penn State Health Children’s Hospital share the dos and don’ts of navigating the shortage safely.

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The Medical Minute: Carotid stenosis increases stroke risk

You can’t feel carotid stenosis, but the blockage of an artery in your neck can cause a stroke. Remedies include drugs, surgery and a new minimally invasive procedure called TCAR.

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Latest Education

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Pathology resident Bohr recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Tiffany Bohr, a pathology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in June 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of […]

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Penn State College of Medicine readies students to meaningfully contribute to improving patient care

Medical students at Penn State College of Medicine taking health system science courses learn how to build partnerships among clinicians, engineers and operations to improve process flow and remove barriers to patient care.

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Pantanelli recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Seth Pantanelli, a physician in the Department of Ophthalmology, is featured for June in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Orthopedic surgery resident Adeyemo recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Adeshina Adeyemo, an orthopedic surgery resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in May 2022 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 welcomes new physician assistant class at White Coat Ceremony

Twenty-nine new Penn State College of Medicine students took their first step in becoming physician assistants during the Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony on May 17.

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Latest Patient Care

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Penn State Health first in central Pennsylvania to use new technology for earlier lung cancer diagnoses

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is the first hospital in central Pennsylvania to use a new robot-assisted bronchoscopy system that can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages.

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Two Penn State Health hospitals launch partnership to better support sexual assault victims

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center are partnering with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing to enhance support for survivors of sexual assault through secure telehealth technology.

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Bouncing back: Bilateral knee replacement at age 71 helps Mount Joy man continue family tradition

In October 2020, Galen Martin received bilateral knee replacement surgery. Nearly 17 months after his operation, Martin is back to doing all the things he used to do.

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New moms at Hampden Medical Center can keep eyes on newborns thanks to AngelEye

On March 29, Hampden Medical Center equipped the Neonatal Special Care Nursery beds with AngelEye cameras.

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Hershey Medical Center earns top recognition for LGBTQ+ inclusion and affirmation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been recognized as an Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for its commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inclusion for patients and employees.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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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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Ask Us Anything About... Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is relatively common, with some 80,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. Dr. Matthew Kaag, clinical vice chair in the Department of Urology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, provides insights about risk factors, symptoms and treatments and answers viewers questions.

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Ask Us Anything About... Midwifery

A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in midwifery and special certification and advanced training to offer personalized care during pregnancy and childbirth. In this interview, Certified Nurse Midwife Katie Watkins, of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, shares some important  information for expectant mothers.

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Ask Us Anything About... Children’s Outdoor Injuries

It’s spring…and soon summer. And as our kids head outside to ride their bikes, climb trees and hit the playground, some dangers await. In this interview, we’re focused on safety and how to help your children avoid common outdoor injuries.

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Ask Us Anything About... Living Organ Donation

A living donor is an option for patients who otherwise may face a lengthy wait for an organ from a deceased donor. In this interview, Donya McCoy, living organ donor liaison at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, shares some important insights in what both donors and recipients need to know.

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Latest Community

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Penn State PRO Wellness, Cerner Charitable Foundation get kids to “Move it Outside”

Penn State PRO Wellness helped children at a Montgomery County school get active during their Move It Outside event on May 5.

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Cancer Institute hosts high school students for cancer research, oncology career event

Penn State Cancer Institute teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to introduce students from Lebanon High School to cancer research and discuss careers in science and health care.

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Penn State Health collects hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

Penn State Health collected 593 pounds of unneeded or expired medication on Saturday, April 30, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event also filled 27 sharps containers with used needles and syringes.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center wins grant to train community health workers

The High Foundation of Lancaster has presented Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center with a $105,000 grant to fund training for 100 participants who enroll in its Community Health Worker training program.

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$20,000 gift helps Penn State Health establish community fridge program

Walmart has awarded a $20,000 grant to Penn State Health to combat food insecurity among people in downtown Harrisburg.

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Latest People

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Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute announces new administrative director

Erica Francis joined Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute as the new administrative director on June 23. She will lead operations and staff, implementing the institute’s strategic plans.

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Penn State Health appoints new regional chief nursing officer for West Shore hospitals

Leslyn Williamson has joined Penn State Health as the regional chief nursing officer for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Penn State Health appoints Kyle Snyder regional chief operating officer for West Shore

Kyle Snyder has been named the regional chief operating officer for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center appoints new chief nursing officer

Wendy Clayton will join Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center as its new chief nursing officer on Monday, June 27.

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Billingsley retires, honored with professor emeritus rank

Mel Billingsley, professor of pharmacology, retired on April 30. He was granted the rank of professor emeritus in recognition of his 38 years of service.

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