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Penn State and Penn State Health announce $2 million grant from the PNC Foundation

Penn State and Penn State Health joined with the PNC Foundation to announce a $2 million grant that will support programming to cultivate wellness and foster economic innovation in communities across the south-central Pennsylvania region and beyond.

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Hershey Medical Center marks 50th anniversary by illuminating new landmark sign

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center illuminated a new sign atop the now 50-year-old facility Oct. 14, part of a ceremony marking the anniversary of its first half-century.

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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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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: The three types of COVID-19 tests

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, questions about testing abound. With COVID-19 cases trending upward, it’s important to understand when individuals should seek getting tested and what type of test they should have.

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The Medical Minute: Getting help following a sexual assault

For those seeking care for a sexual assault, a hospital visit can be terrifying. Providers say that’s why helping a patient feel safe and in control throughout their experience is critical.

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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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Latest Education

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Psychiatry resident Piper honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Luke Piper was recognized in October 2020 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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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 Nora 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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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… COVID-19 Testing

Despite the fact that we’re many months into the COVID-19 pandemic, questions are still swirling about the various types of testing for the novel coronavirus. With incidence of COVID-19 trending upward in the U.S., the topic is as timely as ever. In this interview, we learn about the various types of tests, who should be tested and much more.

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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/gynecologist, provides important information for new moms.

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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

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Hershey Medical Center’s Peregino wins 2020 Nightingale Award

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania selected the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Elisha Peregino as the winner in its 2020 Clinical Advanced Practice Registered Nurse category.

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All in the family: Miller counts Hershey Medical Center as one of his own

Kristofer Miller’s life has been entwined with Hershey Medical Center since he took his first breath – literally. The Environmental Health Services quality coordinator and hiring manager says many personal and professional milestones of his life involve the Medical Center.

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St. Joseph names September Daisy Award winners

Penn State Health St. Joseph presented DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Awards on Sept. 29, to two nurses, Betty Jo Rivera and Marissa Campbell.

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I am Penn State Health: Osiris Martinez Urquilla

Osiris Martinez Urquilla came to America from El Salvador by herself and worked hard to become a medical laboratory scientist lead at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center.

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Lancaster man gifts real estate to honor his late wife, support lifesaving cancer research

J. David Brensinger has always been the type of person to reach out and help others. Now, a planned gift in memory of his wife, Glenna, will help cancer patients for generations to come.

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