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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital opens expansion of Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital is increasing its capacity to provide the highest-level of care to critically ill and injured children with the expansion of one of its most specialized units, the Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit.

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Penn State Health explores future site options for Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

As part of its steadfast commitment to delivering behavioral health services that are greatly needed in central Pennsylvania, Penn State Health is exploring the possibility of new locations for Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute’s inpatient and outpatient services.

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Center for the Protection of Children has launched free, updated child abuse training

Penn State College of Medicine’s Center for the Protection of Children has launched a new version of its free, interactive learning program iLookOut for Child Abuse (iLookOut).

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Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center earns accreditation from American College of Radiology in four imaging specialties

The American College of Radiology has accredited Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center in four imaging modalities: nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and ultrasound.

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, nurses reach new contract that retains hospital’s status as an employer of choice

More than 2,000 registered nurses represented by SEIU have ratified a new contract with Milton S. Hershey Medical Center that reaffirms the hospital’s reputation as an employer of choice for nurses in the region.

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Latest Research

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Diversity in clinical trials helps advance new medications, therapies

Clinical trials of new medical procedures and treatments are critical to advancements in patient care. Those trials can save lives. But diverse populations are often underrepresented in clinical trials.

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Q&A: Can weight loss drugs help in addiction treatment?

A new class of drugs, called GLP-1 receptor agonist drugs, are approved for use in diabetes and for weight loss. Researchers have found that they might help with other conditions too, like cardiovascular disease and addiction.

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College of Medicine receives $20M grant to research alternative tobacco products

Penn State College of Medicine received a five-year, $20 million federal grant to investigate the harmful effects of alternative tobacco products.

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Penn State's Project ECHO team attends MetaECHO global conference

In 2023 Project ECHO celebrated its 20th anniversary along with the return of its annual conference, MetaECHO. The institute’s first gathering since 2019, MetaECHO 2023 was held in Albuquerque, New […]

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Donors continue son’s legacy with estate gift to personalized medicine

A recent estate gift from Dr. and Mrs. Vali and Pari Kermani will expand the Kia Kermani Foundation Research Fund for Personalized Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: When it comes to a stroke, time is brain

Learning a simple acronym could help you save a life. A Penn State Health expert explains why Time is Brain.

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The Medical Minute: Do you know your risks for breast cancer?

A woman of average risk should get her first mammogram at age 40. But how do you know your risk? A Penn State Health expert talks about what younger women can do.

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The Medical Minute: How to get started with physical fitness

Looking to get started down the road to physical fitness but don’t know the best route? A Penn State Health expert offers a GPS for everything you’ll need.

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The Medical Minute: Supervised exercise therapy eases symptoms of peripheral artery disease

Supervised exercise therapy allows a Wyomissing woman with peripheral artery disease to dance again. She and a Penn State Health expert talk about why exercise is a game changer.

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The Medical Minute: Six organ donation facts knock down six myths

More than 103,000 people in the U.S. are awaiting new organs. Many won’t live long enough to get them. The new chief of transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center debunks the myths that get between donors and recipients.

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Latest Education

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Penn State College of Medicine presents Commencement 2024 Awards

As part of its Commencement 2024 celebration, Penn State College of Medicine recognizes several graduates from the medical student, physician assistant, MD/PhD and graduate programs who did outstanding work in their academic and clinical careers.

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Pantanelli and Song recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Seth Pantanelli, MD, MS, faculty member, and Chen Song, MD, fellow, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for the month of May.

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Penn State places fourth out of 31 teams in global health competition

Penn State places fourth out of 31 teams in global health competition; Competition offers students chance to use classroom knowledge to solve complex hypothetical public health crisis

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Hackman and Bonaddio recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Nicole Hackman, MD, faculty member, and Vincenzo Bonaddio, MD, resident, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for April.

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Thompson and Sallam recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Andrew Thompson, MD, and Eman Sallam, MD, were recognized through the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program for March.

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Latest Patient Care

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Vascular surgery consultations offered at Exeter Outpatient Center beginning May 15

Penn State Health Exeter Outpatient Center in Exeter Township will expand its specialty services to include vascular surgery consultations.

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Behind Every ER Visit: The Essential Role of Patient Registration Associates at Penn State Health

A trip to the emergency room is something no one wants to experience. People arrive by ambulance and by car, hurting and scared. Fast, quality care is essential—but so is […]

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Diabetes disparities: Penn State Health diabetes specialist works to improve health equity

No one wants to hear the “Big D” diagnosis—diabetes. If you’re a person of color, diabetes management may be affected by limited access to technology, increasing risk of complications.

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Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s heart transplant survival rate highest in the state

More than 94 percent of all patients who receive a heart transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center survive for at least three years after their surgery.

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Breakthrough stroke treatment at Penn State Health offers patients new hope

The Vivistim Paired VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) System pairs a surgically implanted device with physical or occupational therapy for people who have moderate to severe upper arm impairment following a stoke.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Enlarged Prostates

There are more treatment options than ever for enlarged prostate, according to Dr. Jaime Herrera Caceres, a urologist at Penn State Health's Hampden Medical Center and Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About… Stomach Pain

We all have stomach pains from time to time. But how can we pinpoint the cause and determine when it may be serious and warrant medical attention?

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Ask Us Anything About… Cholesterol Screening

Dr. Patrick Fitzsimmons, an interventional cardiologist at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, covers what you need to know about cholesterol and the importance of knowing your numbers.

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Ask Us Anything About… RSV in Children

We’ve been hearing a lot about RSV -- or respiratory syncytial virus -- lately. While cases are reported every year, an early influx of cases -- and of hospitalizations, including among children -- is adding to concern this year. We find out what parents need to know from Dr. Jessica Ericson, a pediatric infectious diseases physician, and Dr. Duane Williams, a pediatric critical care physician -- both of Penn State Health Children's Hospital.

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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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Latest Community

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Penn State Health Flags of Honor program pays tribute to veterans, active military

Pay tribute to your friends, family members and colleagues who have served or are currently serving in the military through the Penn State Health Flags of Honor program.

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Protect your skin

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, reminding us of the dangers of skin cancer and the critical importance of prevention, early detection and treatment.

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April 27 | Dispose of medications safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Penn State Health will collect unwanted, unneeded or expired medication for safe disposal on Saturday, April 27, as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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Get charged up: Three Penn State Health hospitals offer electric vehicle charging stations

Penn State Health provides electric vehicle charging stations at three of our hospitals to support patients, visitors, employees and students who drive electric vehicles.

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Penn State Health diabetes specialist: Make ‘personal choice’ to address health equity

Deciding to take the journey is as important as the journey. That’s how a Penn State Health diabetes educator characterizes efforts to learn how technology access affects outcomes for minorities.

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Latest People

Jane Pizarro, a licensed practical nurse at Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Campus listens to patient Kelvin Bernard Tyler Jr. She is wearing scrubs, a long-sleeved shirt, lanyard and name badge and has glasses on her head. He is wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt and is gesturing toward his neck. He has a blood pressure cuff on his arm and a pulse monitor on his finger.

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center nurses reflect on their ‘noble profession’

Three St. Joseph Medical Center nurses share relate why they entered the profession and how the medical center supports nursing.

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Harter wins Hampden Medical Center BEE Award

Joshua Harter, patient care associate, Med/Surge, is the recipient of Hampden Medical Center’s BEE (Be Extraordinary Every Day) Award.

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Black Maternal Health events put focus on health care disparities

Black Maternal Health Week events increased awareness of the critical issue of maternal mortality.

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Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight: Neonatal clinical nurse specialist explores how diversity and language services improve patient care

Neonatal clinical nurse specialist Heather Stephens highlights the critical need for more diversity among advanced practice providers to serve the increasingly diverse patient population.

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Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight: Nurse midwife shares insights on caring for diverse patients

After receiving care from midwives during the birth of her son, Jennifer Pagani-Smith said she felt “called” to become a certified nurse midwife and help empower other women.

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