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Penn State Health experts share insights on how to manage mental health during COVID-19

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but the spotlight turned to mental health much earlier this spring as experts from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State College of Medicine offered many resources to employees suddenly thrust into the middle of a global pandemic.

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From new life to restored health, hospitals serve as community centerpiece

During National Hospital Week May 10 to 16, Penn State Health recognizes the extraordinary commitment of all its employees, not only now but all year long.

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Penn State Health emphasizes safety and prevention as medical and surgical operations resume

Penn State Health today announced it will begin to gradually and systematically resume standard patient appointments, non-emergent surgical procedures and other clinical activities after nearly two months of restrictions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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New Penn State Health OnDemand technical support number launches Monday

To provide enhanced customer service, Penn State Health is starting a new support phone number for patients using its telehealth service, Penn State Health OnDemand.

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Massini, Black: ‘Responsible stewards of the environment’

Dr. Kevin Black, interim dean of Penn State College of Medicine, and Steve Massini, CEO of Penn State Health, issued a message about Earth Day.

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Latest Research

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Penn State College of Medicine joins global research efforts against COVID-19

Faculty and staff at Penn State College of Medicine are leading or represented on more than one-third of COVID-19 research proposals awarded funding by Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

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Health care workers can join new research community

The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry is inviting U.S. health care workers to share their clinical and life experiences in order to understand the perspectives and problems faced by workers on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines.

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Penn State researchers collaborate to distribute COVID-19 survey globally

To assess public perceptions about COVID-19 and identify populations whose behaviors put them at risk of infection, researchers at Penn State released an online survey for the general public.

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Hershey Medical Center joins global clinical trial evaluating antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has begun enrolling participants in an international clinical trial evaluating an investigational antiviral drug, remdesivir, for treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Penn State, College of Medicine reducing on-campus research activities in labs

Penn State has announced steps to reduce research activity in laboratories across all Penn State campuses.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Prevent a stroke by knowing your risks

Strokes are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability among survivors. Fortunately, most strokes — more than 80% — are preventable by managing risk factors.

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The Medical Minute: Solving ‘tantrum trouble’ for children, teens during COVID-19 quarantine

The pouting, the screaming, the crying – they’re all signs of a classic temper tantrum. Many parents currently at home with their children or teenagers 24/7 due to COVID-19-related stay-at-home guidelines know these behaviors all too well. Here are some strategies to help curb negative behavior.

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The Medical Minute: The heightened risk of child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

Reports of suspected child abuse have declined in Pennsylvania since the onset of social distancing guidelines. But experts in the Penn State Center for the Protection of Children say this does not correlate with an actual decline in abuse cases.

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The Medical Minute: Tips, resources for talking with children about COVID-19

There are many ways to help ease children’s anxieties and educate them about coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The Medical Minute: Seven surprising facts about osteoarthritis

No cure for osteoarthritis exists, but many treatments can help people manage the pain and stiffness that often occur.

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Latest Education

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Hershey Medical Center emergency medicine physicians earn national awards

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) honored two Hershey Medical Center doctors for excellence and their contributions in advancing knowledge and patient care.

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Virtually victorious: Penn State College of Medicine graduates celebrate-in-place

Celebrating success looked different this year for the 2020 Class of Penn State College of Medicine, who watched a virtual celebration on May 17 made necessary due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite some disappointment, students still made the day special.

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Medical students support community, health system amid pandemic

Thanks to the efforts of both faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine, learning has continued and even expanded – in several ways – during the pandemic.

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Contact Tracing Task Force works to limit the spread of COVID-19

Faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State College of Nursing have launched a Contact Tracing Task Force in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Marking milestones in the midst of a pandemic: College of Medicine celebrates student achievements virtually

The spring season at Penn State College of Medicine is packed full of research presentations, awards and ceremonies. Since experts cannot predict when social distancing guidelines will be relaxed, College of Medicine leaders plan on celebrating many of these springtime celebrations virtually – including Commencement.

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Latest Patient Care

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St. Joseph opens curbside X-ray service to ensure patient safety

Penn State Health St. Joseph opened a curbside chest X-ray service at the medical center’s main entrance at 2500 Bernville Road on May 4. This new service is part of its continued efforts to ensure patient safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

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St. Joseph transfuses increasing number of patients with convalescent plasma therapy

St. Joseph Medical Center has begun using an experimental treatment program called convalescent plasma therapy with a growing number of its COVID-19 positive patients.

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A Message from the Patient Experience Leadership Team

Throughout this week, you’ve read stories of how our employees at Penn State Health are making a difference in our patients’ lives. We conclude the week with a powerful patient experience story from a recovered COVID-19 patient.

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Patient Experience Week: doctors heal in many ways

For Patient Experience Week, Dr. Laura Van Scoy shares a letter from a patient that moved her.

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We are family: COVID-19 brings Hershey Medical Center front-line workers together

Hershey Medical Center has made use of its unique qualifications to manage the crisis: It’s one of several academic hospitals in the country that have received funding for infrastructure and specialized training to offer care during the outbreak of a seriously lethal contagion and help minimize its spread.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... COVID-19

Measures are being enacted across Pennsylvania to curb the community spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Get the latest information about how you can protect yourself and your family.

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Ask Us Anything About... Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is more likely to be cured in its early stages. The trick is catching it early – because once symptoms develop, a cure may no longer be possible. Studies show lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer.

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Ask Us Anything About… Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have chosen this popular facial rejuvenation treatment.

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Ask Us Anything About... Adult Congenital Heart Disease

When we think of congenital heart disease, we may think of someone who’s diagnosed and treated as a child. But sometimes, that heart condition may not be caught until the adult years. And even if it is caught early on, congenital heart disease is, in many ways, a lifelong condition. We learn more from Dr. Anisa Chaudhry, a cardiologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About... Endometriosis

One in ten women suffer from endometriosis, a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called the endometrium) is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. We learn more from Dr. Timothy Deimling.

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Latest Community

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Penn State Health to close donation centers Friday after strong community response

Friday, May 22, will be the last day that Penn State Health will accept drop-off donations of key supplies from the community at large. The health system will close its donation centers in Hershey, Reading, Lancaster and State College.

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Heroes look like this … [insert name here]!

Need a morale boost? Our new Heroes Look Like This homepage is the place to submit shout-outs to your team or any staff member, health care provider or community partner – complete with photos, videos and notes.

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Berini: Thanks for ‘focus on patients and families’

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center President Deborah Berini emailed Medical Center employees on Monday about Patient Experience Week.

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Black: 'We will work through all of this together'

Dr. Kevin Black, interim dean of Penn State College of Medicine, emailed faculty, staff and volunteers on Friday about the mounting financial impact of COVID-19.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph names Frank interim president

Joe Frank, Penn State Health’s senior vice president of community network development, has been named Penn State Health St. Joseph’s interim president following the retirement of John Morahan on Friday, May 1.

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Latest People

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Neighborhood nurses team up to save a life

A frantic phone call to her neighbor triggered a team response that saved Marie Conley’s life when Hershey Medical Center nurse Kaitlin Snook arrived in time to deliver a lifesaving dose of steroids.

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Sew appreciated: St. Joseph volunteer services director says thanks with hand-sewn masks

Barbara Moyer, director of volunteer services at St. Joseph Medical Center, sewed nearly 130 face masks and sent them to volunteers.

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Dr. Donald Martin earns PAMED Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Donald Martin, a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine for 35 years and an anesthesiologist from Lebanon County, was named the 2020 recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) Distinguished Service Award.

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Key players: nurses innovate care, shape policy, impact lives

Nurses act as caregiver, advisor, confidante, educator, advocate – often all at once – and for multiple patients. Nurses also shape policies at the national level as representatives of professional organizations. During National Nurses Week, we’re celebrating the important role nurses play, now and every day of the year.

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Eight Penn State Health doctors named to ‘Top Physicians Under 40’ list

Eight Penn State Health doctors have been named among the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Top Physicians Under 40.

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