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For extraordinary care in an extraordinary year, thank you, nurses

After an extraordinary – and often exhausting – year of caring for patients amid the challenging conditions posed by COVID-19, nurses need a little TCL. Penn State Health’s celebration of Nurses Week, Thursday, May 6, through Wednesday, May 12, features activities to promote healing and spread cheer.

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Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, nurses reach new union contract that further invests in nursing quality and positions organization for future

More than 2,200 registered nurses have ratified a new, three-year union contract with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Gov. Wolf visits Penn State Health dedicated vaccination site

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam toured Penn State Health’s dedicated vaccination site in Hershey

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Preview event offers first glimpse at future Penn State Health Lancaster Pediatric Center

Community leaders in Lancaster County got a preview today of Penn State Health Lancaster Pediatric Center. The facility will provide high-level pediatric specialty care in an environment completely designed for and dedicated to children, teens and their families.

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Penn State Health and Susquehanna Valley Emergency Medical Services sign letter of intent for company to join health system

Penn State Health and Susquehanna Valley Emergency Medical Services (SVEMS) announced today they have signed a letter of intent for the company to join Penn State Health.

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Latest Research

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Amazon Alexa skill offers supportive care to breast cancer patients

Individuals with metastatic breast cancer could soon have access to personalized, supplemental supportive care through their smart speaker, thanks to new research at Penn State.

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Researchers awarded funds to continue developing easily applied treatment for diabetic foot ulcers

A research team from Penn State College of Medicine will use $200,000 to further develop a topically applied therapy for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.

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Higher mushroom consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer

Higher mushroom consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer, according to a new Penn State study,

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College of Medicine biobank accredited by College of American Pathologists

Patients at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who provide blood, saliva or other tissue specimens for research at Penn State College of Medicine can rest assured that their donations are in good hands

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E-cigarettes with cigarette-like nicotine delivery reduce exposure to lung carcinogen

E-cigarettes that deliver a cigarette-like amount of nicotine are associated with reduced smoking and reduced exposure to a major cancer-causing chemical, or carcinogen, in tobacco even with concurrent smoking

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: When is a visit to a pediatric cardiologist in order?

Parents shouldn’t ignore sometimes subtle warning signs of a structural heart defect or heart condition. Dr. Stephen Cyran, pediatric cardiologist with Penn State Health Children’s Heart Group, explains in this Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: When to head for urgent care instead of the hospital emergency room

Urgent care or emergency room? A certified nurse practitioner discusses how to choose what’s right for your crisis in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: How sleep affects your overall health

Most people know a good night’s sleep helps them feel refreshed and invigorated. But fewer realize how vital sleep is to their overall health and well-being.

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The Medical Minute: When you’re in it for the long haul with COVID-19

For a small group of COVID-19 survivors, often referred to as “long haulers,” fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety and depression can persist for months and can range from mild to incapacitating.

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The Medical Minute: Proceed with caution even after vaccination

More and more Americans are becoming vaccinated against COVID-19, but headlines warn that the number of cases is rising. What’s up with that?

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Latest Education

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Grana recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Jennifer Grana is featured for May in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Two Penn State College of Medicine graduates honored with Alumni Achievement Awards

Two recent Penn State College of Medicine graduates are among the honorees of the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Awards, which were celebrated on April 13.

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Woodward Center presents awards at 2021 EdVenture event

Penn State College of Medicine's Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education presented several awards as part of its annual EdVenture celebration.

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Penn State students' COVID-19 vaccination plan earns fourth place in global health competition

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State students placed fourth in the 2021 Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition on March 20.

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Anesthesiology resident Bashall honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Nicole Bashall, an anesthesiology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in April 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Latest Patient Care

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Something joyful. Ryan’s story.

Being pregnant throughout the pandemic has been a blessing to Ryan Warner. It’s given her something joyful to take her mind off “other strange, unknown things.”

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“We’ve got this.” Miranda’s story

The pandemic made Miranda Shoemaker anxious. She didn’t dine out and kept grocery trips to a minimum. One place she visited often, without fear? Her obstetrician’s office.

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‘Jacintha’s wall’ pops up overnight to everyone’s delight

During the past year, artwork at Penn State Health Pediatric Specialties in the University Physician Center looks as though it sprang from the pages of E.B. White’s literary classic, “Charlotte’s Web.”

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Behind the Scenes on the Front Lines: Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists have always been an essential part of the health care team, but especially during the pandemic, they have been invaluable in assisting patients with breathing problems.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph redirects drive-thru COVID-19 testing to new locations

Penn State Health St. Joseph will redirect COVID-19 testing from its drive-thru location in Bern Township, beginning Wednesday, April 21.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About...COVID 19 Variants

For months now, we’ve been hearing about how the COVID-19 vaccines show promise of finally moving past the pandemic. But now comes word that the virus that causes COVID is mutating. In this interview, we learn what this process means for the pandemic that has lasted for over a year now. Are the mutations another roadblock to getting our lives back to normal? We get answers from two Penn State Health experts.

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Ask Us Anything About… Colorectal Cancer

The second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. is often easy to catch early – even before it’s cancer. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We learn more about the risk factors and screening methods involved from Dr. Hadassah Consuegra, colorectal surgeon at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About... Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation and wellness programs can help people recover from cardiovascular disease as well as learn how to eat better, exercise and maintain good health for life. In this interview, Allison Cannon and Parker Dundore, clinical exercise physiologists at Penn State Health St. Joseph, talk about complete rehabilitation care for a full range of cardiovascular conditions.

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Ask Us Anything About… Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it kills roughly the same number of women and men each year.

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Ask Us Anything About...NICU Care

When having a baby, parents don’t like to imagine their child needing to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Jeff Kaiser, chief of neonatal-perinatal medicine at Penn State Health Children's Hospital, helps new parents understand what they need to consider when choosing a hospital and what to expect if your child needs to go to the NICU.

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Latest Community

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Volunteers plant 100 new trees on Hershey campus during Earth Day ceremony

Nine Penn State College of Medicine volunteers celebrated Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 by planting 100 native seedlings on the west side of the Hershey Medical Center campus.

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Feeling relieved: Pop-up vaccination clinics reach underserved populations

Penn State Health is partnering with community organizations and local governments to help Phase 1A-eligible individuals in underserved communities have access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

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‘Go with the flo’: Nurse spearheads project to combat period poverty

Megan Swope, a perianesthesia nurse at Hershey Medical Center, created The Period Project Harrisburg to address the need for hygiene packs for low-income and homeless individuals who menstruate.

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Family who lost mom to COVID-19 donates iPads

Karen Pearson and her brother, Michael Books, are on a mission to raise funds to supply hospitals across the nation with iPads for every COVID-19 patient upon arrival.

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Pawsitivity: College of Medicine student uses 3D printers to create masks for homeless people

A medical student at Penn State College of Medicine teamed up with his brothers to produce 1,000 face masks for homeless people using 3D printers.

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Latest People

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Penn State Health employees, teams nominated as 2021 Health Care Heroes finalists

Thirteen Penn State Health employees and teams are finalists in Central Penn Business Journal’s 2021 Health Care Heroes awards. Donald Hirsch of St. Joseph was nominated by Lehigh Valley Business.

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Soleimani named interim director of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

Dr. Behzad Soleimani has been selected to serve as interim director of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, effective May 1. Soleimani replaces Dr. Lawrence Sinoway, who announced in February that he is stepping down as the institute’s director.

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Out of retirement: Former Penn State Health employees come back to help colleagues set up vaccine sites

Six former Penn State Health managers came out of retirement to help stand up the health system’s first locations for inoculating the surrounding community, a mammoth undertaking involving dozens of their colleagues near and far.

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Dr. Robert Harbaugh earns national lifetime achievement award in neurosurgery

Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Harbaugh, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Hershey Medical Center, will receive the 2021 Harvey Cushing Medal, the highest honor awarded in neurosurgery.

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Holy Spirit names Jho 2021 Physician of the Year

Holy Spirit Medical Center presented Dr. Diana Jho with the 2021 Physician of the Year award during its annual Doctor’s Day Appreciation Breakfast on March 30.

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