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From bats to TMI, veteran nurse educator has seen it all

From bats in waiting rooms to working during the Three Mile Island accident, nurse educator Janice Mills has seen it all in her 46 years at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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State health leader joins Penn State Health in urging flu vaccinations

Penn State Health and state health leaders stress the critical importance of getting a flu vaccination.

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Bringing help into focus: Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion benefits students at Penn State College of Medicine

Thanks to the support of the College of Medicine’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kyle Sundberg has tools to assist him in pursuing his passion – science.

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Hershey Medical Center: Celebrating 50 years of people helping people

Building on the legacy of Milton S. Hershey to alleviate human suffering, Hershey Medical Center celebrates 50 years of research, education and innovation all for one goal – outstanding patient care.

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Estate of professor emeritus establishes $1 million endowed scholarship

The estate of Dr. Alphonse E. Leure-duPree, former associate dean for academic achievement and professor emeritus of neural and behavioral sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, is donating $1 million to establish an endowed scholarship for diverse students.

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Latest Research

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Researcher leads $3.8 million project to map developing mice brains

A grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow a Penn State College of Medicine researcher to lead a three-year, multi-institution project to create an atlas of developing mice brains.

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Certain pre-existing conditions can double, triple mortality risk for COVID-19 patients

A large, international study of COVID-19 patients confirmed that cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, stroke and cancer can increase a patient’s risk of dying from the virus.

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IL-21 protein a key part of immune response to central nervous system infections

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine now better understand the role of a protein, interleukin-21 (IL-21), in the immune system response to infections in the nervous system.

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National Institutes of Health, other organizations fund College of Medicine faculty research

Faculty at the College of Medicine were awarded 175 grants totaling more than $52 million between May and July to fund their research studies.

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Insomnia, sleeping less than six hours may increase risk of cognitive impairment

Middle-aged adults who report symptoms of insomnia and are sleeping less than six hours a night may be at increased risk of cognitive impairment, according to a study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Trick-or-treating safely amid COVID-19

How do parents separate myth from fact when it comes to trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic? Physicians with Penn State Children’s Hospital explore the answers in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Planning ahead for a potential emergency department visit

Medical emergencies, by their nature, come with very little or no warning. While any injury or illness that requires a trip to the emergency room will likely cause distress, putting an action plan in place now can help minimize the anxiety and fear of a future visit.

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The Medical Minute: Preventing suicide during COVID-19

People contemplating suicide want help. As the COVID-19 pandemic raises the overall level of anxiety, a Penn State Health expert explains how you can help people in crisis in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: How COVID-19 has affected organ donation

With more than 109,000 people on the transplant waiting list nationwide, the need for organ donors remains great. A Penn State Health transplant surgeon explains how donors and recipients are kept safe during the COVID-19 pandemic in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: What to expect when COVID-19 meets flu season

The combining of the COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal flu could make this the best influenza season ever or the worst. Our experts explain why in this week’s Medical Minute.

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Latest Education

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Reichwein recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Raymond Reichwein is featured for October in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Faculty, trainees recognized as excellent educators at EdVenture 2020

More than 100 faculty, residents and students were recognized as outstanding educators during EdVenture 2020 on Oct. 1.

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Neurology resident Elfiky honored for exceptional teaching

Nora Elfiky, a trainee in Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Neurology Residency, was honored in September as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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DeWaters recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Ami DeWaters, assistant professor of Internal Medicine and assistant director of Health Systems Sciences Education, is featured for September in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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College of Medicine welcomes incoming class of graduate students

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed more than 100 new graduate students on Aug. 17. They will study to obtain degrees in anatomy, biomedical science, biostatistics, clinical research, epidemiology, laboratory animal medicine, neuroscience and public health.

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Latest Patient Care

Dr. Melissa Tribuzio, wearing glasses and a mask, holds a stethoscope to 2-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick’s chest as he sits on his mother’s lap. He wears a diaper and has a pacifier in his mouth. Samantha Fitzpatrick, who is wearing a sweater and a mask, places her hand behind his back. His little brother, Ben, is in the background and wears a mask.

You’ve got a friend: Penn State Health earns highest marks in patient loyalty nationwide

Pediatrician Dr. Melissa Tribuzio dances with the 7-year-olds and pokes fun at the teenager’s eye rolls – all to put patients at ease. Gestures like these make Penn State Health a national leader in patient loyalty.

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Five hundred and counting: Linglestown resident returning to life as Penn State Health marks milestone

Penn State Health discharged its 500th COVID-19 patient last weekend. Brenda Pogue of Linglestown is among the hundreds whom the health system helped heal. She’s still getting better.

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Zgierska, colleagues work to reduce stigma in addiction terminology

Two Penn State College of Medicine authors joined others to write a commentary on an editorial published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The editorial lists stigmatizing diagnostic terms and suggests replacements for them.

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Treating transgender patients with dignity, respect important as number grows

Health care professionals can struggle with knowing how to have an open, honest discussion with a transgender patient. Because the number of younger people who identify as transgender is increasing, Penn State Health is putting this issue front and center.

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Penn State Health employees practice safety first when cleaning patient rooms, operating rooms

Environmental Health Services and Operating Room team members from Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health St. Joseph share why their work is so incredibly important and rewarding during COVID-19.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Vascular Disease

Vascular disease can be any condition that affects a group or network of blood vessels called your circulatory system. Dr. Ali Amin, a vascular surgeon at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, answers viewer questions and gives families some helpful tips on how to address some of these important issues.

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Ask Us Anything About… Sexual Assault

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. Deborah Medley, assistant nurse manager in the Emergency Department at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, discusses the issue of sexual assault and how to get help.

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Ask Us Anything About… Emergency Preparedness

An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or environment. But people are often not prepared for these emergencies when they occur. Russ Knapp, supervisor of fire safety at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, answers questions and gives families some helpful tips on how to prepare for emergencies before they happen.

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Ask Us Anything About…Having a Baby Now

Things look a bit different for labor and delivery patients at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, from enhanced safety measures to opening our brand-new Women and Babies Center. Dr. Christina DeAngelis, obstetrician/gynecologis, provides important information for new moms.

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Ask Us Anything About…Midwifery

If natural childbirth is what you're seeking and if it's the best medical approach for you, a midwife can be an excellent option. Angela Klock, a certified nurse midwife with Penn State Health Obstetrics and Gynecology, answers questions and clears up confusion around this approach.

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Latest Community

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Tree-planting ceremony adds 100 saplings to Hershey Medical Center campus

Volunteers from Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine planted 100 native saplings on the Hershey campus on Oct. 15.

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Local jewel: Reading farm stand serves up fresh produce in food desert

Penn State Health helps sponsor the Blue Mountain Academy farm stand – an oasis for dozens of people in the heart of a food desert.

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Growing Hispanic population means increasing need to tackle health care barriers

Penn State Health and the College of Medicine help to create better health care outcomes for Hispanics by fostering partnerships in communities.

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Penn State Children’s Hospital, The GIANT Company team up to launch community car seat safety program

In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 20 – 26, Penn State Children’s Hospital and The GIANT Company held a car seat safety check point today in Harrisburg. The Children’s Hospital and GIANT are teaming up to make such safety sessions more accessible to families in the region.

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The surgery she needed to get back to school, pain-free

When her doctor told she needed exploratory surgery for her debilitating pain, Laura Becker had two concerns: finding the best surgeon and being able to return to teaching in the fall. The Derry Township teacher’s physician referred her to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Dr. Gerald Harkins, a surgeon with Penn State Health Women’s Health. Laura reviewed all of her options, did her own research and agreed that Penn State Health was where she wanted to go.

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Latest People

Carolyn Powell, who wears glasses and is smiling, smiles and holds a picture of herself taken in her early days at Hershey Medical Center. She is wearing a polka-dotted blouse and a string of pearls and stands on a bridge with trees in the background.

Longtime employee gives Hershey Medical Center a loud rah-rah on its 50th anniversary

Carolyn Powell, Human Resources project coordinator, shares why she’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s biggest cheerleader, 45 years and counting.

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Practicing in the ‘Golden Age of Medicine’: Dr. Cheston Berlin looks back at 50 years at Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Cheston “Chet” Berlin reflects on 50 years of “firsts” since his arrival at the new Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 1971.

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Machtay named Penn State Cancer Institute associate director for clinical research

Dr. Mitchell Machtay has joined Penn State Cancer Institute as associate director for clinical research.

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St. Joseph presents two nurses with Daisy Awards

Penn State Health St. Joseph presented DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Awards to Rachel Drzewicki, a nurse in the Family Birthing Center, and Jennifer Schemberg, a nurse educator on 2N at the Bern campus.

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I am Penn State Health: Kassie Heeman

Kassie Heeman knows she carries a lot of weight on her shoulders. “If I don’t see something, then the doctors don’t see it – and that’s a big deal,” said the Paxtonia resident who is a sonographer at Hershey Medical Center.

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