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CMN at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital announces record fundraising totals

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital raised a record-breaking $6.2 million in 2020. The team announced the total on April 21 as part of Children’s Hospitals Week, a fundraising and awareness event celebrated by 170 CMN Hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.

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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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2021 Research Recognition Awards honor faculty, staff contributions

Penn State College of Medicine presented its 2021 Research Recognition Awards immediately following the spring Dean’s lecture May 11.

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Penn State PRO Wellness researchers identify school staff concerns in reopening safely during pandemic

Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that feasibility of social distancing, resurgences of COVID-19 and availability of health supplies were concerns school staff had for the 2020-2021 school year.

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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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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Mammograms and the COVID-19 vaccine

Some women who have gotten vaccinated for COVID-19 have noticed a startling development ― lumps that in the past might have meant cancer. But Penn State Health experts say that temporary swelling of the lymph nodes is normal and expected.

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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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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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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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‘No quick, elevator pitch’: Penn State Health, partners seek to overcome vaccine mistrust among African Americans

Mistrust of the medical community passed down through generations is a major reason why African Americans are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccination – a barrier that Penn State Health is partnering with community organizations to address.

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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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Penn State Health OnDemand upgrades improve patient outcomes, physician workflow

New upgrades to Penn State Health OnDemand have improved the quality of virtual visits for patients and providers.

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Behind the Scenes on the Front Lines: Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health staff at Penn State Health put aside their own anxiety and uncertainty to offer reassurance to patients, colleagues and community members during the past year.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About...Stroke

A stroke is considered a medical emergency. It happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or, more commonly, when a blockage happens. Without treatment, cells in the brain can quickly begin to die. This can cause serious disability or even death. Program Coordinator Morgan Boyer, from Penn State Health St. Joseph, provides important information to help families recognize the symptoms of stroke.

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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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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 names Roush vice president of Heart and Vascular Services

Penn State Health has appointed Holly Roush to the newly created position of vice president of Heart and Vascular Services.

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Penn State Health names Randall vice president of Cancer Services

Penn State Health has appointed Ethel Randall to the newly created position of vice president of Cancer Services.

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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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