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Hershey Medical Center cardiac rehab program wins reaccreditation

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation recertifies Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

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Joint Commission surveys lead to positive results for St. Joseph

St. Joseph Medical Center earned recertification as a Primary Stroke Center and renewal of its Disease Specific Care Certification for Advanced Heart Failure.

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Trustees approve plans for two Milton S. Hershey Medical Center renovations

Two Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center projects that will improve access to and help meet demand for specialized health care services on the Hershey campus have earned University trustee approval.

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LaCoe appointed vice president of virtual care for Penn State Health

Chris LaCoe, who led the growth and development of telehealth at Hershey Medical Center in recent years, has taken on a broader, more focused role overseeing virtual care across the system.

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Penn State Health, Highmark to open Cumberland County site

Highmark and Penn State Health have announced plans to build a new health practice located on the Highmark corporate campus on Center Street in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County.

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Latest Research

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Caught in the act – microscopy reveals key detail in retrovirus replication

A protein that is critical for retrovirus replication may select viral genetic material for packaging within the nuclei of host cells, rather than in the cytoplasm, as was previously believed.

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Gowda receives cancer research grant from St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Are two drugs better than one when it comes to treating B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia? Funding from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will help a Penn State College of Medicine investigator answer that question.

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A conversation game may reduce disparity in end-of-life care for African Americans

A Penn State College of Medicine research team found that playing a simple conversation game may encourage African Americans to make plans for their end-of-life care.

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Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice

Penn State researchers have developed a new method for studying key moments in brain development.

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Penn State Health, College of Medicine collaborate with College of Engineering on disposable stethoscopes

A collaboration between Penn State College of Engineering and the Center for Medical Innovation at Penn State College of Medicine may lead to a useful tool for physicians at Penn State Health during the COVID-19 pandemic – disposable stethoscopes.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease

Summer means ample healthy outdoor activities, but the tiny deer tick may have other plans for us. As Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease infections, it’s critical to know how to minimize the risk of contracting the disease and recognize the symptoms of an infection.

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The Medical Minute: Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical medical care

When seeking critical medical care, minutes count — especially when dealing with cases of suspected heart attack or stroke. Yet many patients in need of emergency care have delayed or avoided a trip to the hospital fearing possible infection with COVID-19.

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The Medical Minute: Separating mask myths from facts

We see and hear new COVID-19 news almost every minute of the day. But separating facts from fiction can get challenging, especially when it comes to masks. We bust some common mask myths with two Penn State Health experts.

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The Medical Minute: How to help teen drivers stay safe

A driver’s license presents exciting new freedoms for teenagers and a whole new level of worry for their parents. Fortunately, there are steps that adults can take to keep their teen drivers as safe as possible.

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The Medical Minute: Don’t get lax with the mask

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we learn, work and socialize. Now, as nearly all of Pennsylvania is in the green phase of reopening, it is essential for people to remain vigilant by wearing face masks when unable to maintain proper social distancing.

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Latest Education

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College of Medicine welcomes incoming medical students

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed its incoming class of medical students during a virtual orientation July 15 to 17. The Office of Student Affairs presented the orientation online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Penn State College of Medicine physician assistant program creates partnership with Lincoln and Hampton universities

Penn State College of Medicine is creating a new partnership with Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Hampton University in Virginia that provides their undergraduate students early acceptance into its physician assistant program.

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Project ECHO unites providers to serve vulnerable communities amid pandemic

As of mid-April, more than 700 participants from 31 states and six countries had registered for Project ECHO’s COVID-19 series.

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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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Latest Patient Care

Dr. Larry Trubilla, wearing a lab coat and glasses hanging from his neck, points at the illuminated X-Ray image of a set of teeth. Dental resident Jowhar Brown, wearing glasses and a surgical mask, looks on.

St. Joseph dental clinic transitions to electronic medical records

A new electronic medical record system has streamlined patient processes at the dental clinic on St. Joseph’s Downtown Campus.

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Penn State Health, College of Medicine team develops protocols for managing newborns exposed to mothers with COVID-19

A team at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine developed guidelines for managing newborns exposed to mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

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Out of the dog house: Facility dogs return to work

As Penn State Health works to emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, its four-legged therapists are gently nosing their way back through the doors as well. Facility dogs Becky and Kaia arrived at work for the first time on June 16.

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Cerner PowerChart Maternity and FetaLink launch July 26

Penn State Health will implement a new, integrated system to care for its pregnant patients and their newborns on Sunday, July 26.

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Innovation changes the way team rolls

A new motorized cart makes transporting heavy ultrasound equipment easier at Hershey Medical Center.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Wearing a Mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Wearing a face mask is a simple way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but there is a lot of misinformation about wearing a mask. Learn more from Dr. Jessica Ericson, pediatric infectious disease physician at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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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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Latest Community

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Separado pero unido: REACH program helps Hispanics, Latinos at local level

In the war against COVID-19 Penn State REACH is working around the clock in Lebanon and Berks counties to get information – in Spanish ― out to the people who need it.

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Giving effort to help families at risk for food insecurity reaches nearly $50,000

Launched two months ago, the Families in Need COVID Relief community giving effort has raised nearly $50,000 in support of food insecurity relief efforts.

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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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Latest People

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Dossett, Department of Pediatrics trailblazer, passes away at 82

Dr. John Dossett, a founding faculty member within Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and chief emeritus of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, passed away Wednesday at his home at the age of 82.

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Stepping away with “many, many thanks,” Brechbill retires

After 14 years in leadership, Alan Brechbill retires from Penn State Health this week and looks back on years of growth and gratitude.

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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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The arts take center stage to relieve stress, support patients and staff

Center Stage Arts in Health provides a cache of creative support to help Penn State Health and College of Medicine staff cope with the COVID-19 upheaval ― from musical greetings to inspirational driveway art signs, art kits and more.

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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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