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Grateful patient sends thank you via airmail

When they want to show their appreciation to a doctor, most patients send a thank you card – Lynda and Don Donagher sent an airplane.

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Wolf: Thanks for ‘team effort’

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited Hershey Medical Center Wednesday to thank staff and learn more about how Penn State Health is handling the pandemic and preparing for a possible resurgence in the fall

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Penn State Health, Geisinger agree to transition of Holy Spirit Health System

Following approval by the Penn State Health, Geisinger and Holy Spirit Boards of Directors and the Penn State Board of Trustees, Penn State Health and Geisinger have reached a definitive agreement for Penn State Health to replace Geisinger as the sole corporate member of Holy Spirit Health System.

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Hershey Medical Center earns eighth consecutive top safety marks from Leapfrog

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has earned its eighth consecutive A grade on The Leapfrog Group’s semi-annual safety ranking report card.

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Penn State Children’s Hospital ranks among the best in the nation for tenth consecutive year

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Penn State Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best hospitals for children in multiple specialties for the tenth consecutive year.

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Latest Research

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Remdesivir trial at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center shows promise, adds second therapy to protocol

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has enrolled its first patients in the continuation of a clinical trial using the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19.

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Penn State College of Medicine joins global research efforts against COVID-19

Faculty and staff at Penn State College of Medicine are leading or represented on more than one-third of COVID-19 research proposals awarded funding by Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

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Health care workers can join new research community

The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry is inviting U.S. health care workers to share their clinical and life experiences in order to understand the perspectives and problems faced by workers on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines.

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Penn State researchers collaborate to distribute COVID-19 survey globally

To assess public perceptions about COVID-19 and identify populations whose behaviors put them at risk of infection, researchers at Penn State released an online survey for the general public.

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Hershey Medical Center joins global clinical trial evaluating antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has begun enrolling participants in an international clinical trial evaluating an investigational antiviral drug, remdesivir, for treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Don’t get lax with the mask

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we learn, work and socialize. Now, as nearly all of Pennsylvania is in the green phase of reopening, it is essential for people to remain vigilant by wearing face masks when unable to maintain proper social distancing.

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The Medical Minute: Talking to children about racism and diversity

No matter a child’s age, the right time for parents to talk about the dangers of racism - and the benefits of diversity - is now.

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The Medical Minute: What to expect when seeking medical care now

As outpatient centers, clinics and practices gradually resume seeing patients, they look a bit different in response to COVID-19. In addition to keeping patients and staff safe, these changes are also helping make health care more convenient and accessible.

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The Medical Minute: When working from home equals lack of sleep

In the rush to adjust to a work-from-home lifestyle, some people have made choices regarding sleep that are leaving them bleary-eyed morning, noon and night. A Penn State Health expert offers nine tips to reclaim a good night’s sleep.

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The Medical Minute: Prevent a stroke by knowing your risks

Strokes are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability among survivors. Fortunately, most strokes — more than 80% — are preventable by managing risk factors.

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Latest Education

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Project ECHO unites providers to serve vulnerable communities amid pandemic

As of mid-April, more than 700 participants from 31 states and six countries had registered for Project ECHO’s COVID-19 series.

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Hershey Medical Center emergency medicine physicians earn national awards

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) honored two Hershey Medical Center doctors for excellence and their contributions in advancing knowledge and patient care.

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Virtually victorious: Penn State College of Medicine graduates celebrate-in-place

Celebrating success looked different this year for the 2020 Class of Penn State College of Medicine, who watched a virtual celebration on May 17 made necessary due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite some disappointment, students still made the day special.

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Medical students support community, health system amid pandemic

Thanks to the efforts of both faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine, learning has continued and even expanded – in several ways – during the pandemic.

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Contact Tracing Task Force works to limit the spread of COVID-19

Faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State College of Nursing have launched a Contact Tracing Task Force in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Latest Patient Care

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High-tech meets high-touch to clean, disinfect Penn State Health facilities

From ultraviolet flashlights to germ-zapping robots, experts in infection prevention and Environmental Health Services use high-tech tools to keep Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center facilities clean.

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Pelvic floor physical therapy offers relief for silent problem

Penn State Health St. Joseph has a new pelvic floor physical therapist on staff that is helping both men and women with pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence, prolapsed bladder and pain.

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Patients welcome restart of St. Joseph cardiac rehab program

Nearly seven weeks after temporarily suspending its cardiac rehabilitation services in response to COVID-19, Penn State Health St. Joseph welcomed back nearly all of its cardiac rehab patients without any significant safety concerns when the program resumed operations.

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Faith, hands and technology: spiritual and physical therapy in the age of COVID-19

To slow the spread of COVID-19, therapists at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, to whom touch and close contact have become second nature, are staying clear of patients’ rooms and finding new ways to heal body, speech and spirit.

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Homecoming: Community welcomes loved one they thought they’d lost

Dozens of members of Brenda Pogue's family, friends and neighbors gathered at the edges of the road outside her home May 29 to give the 67-year-old a hero's welcome home.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... COVID-19

Measures are being enacted across Pennsylvania to curb the community spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Get the latest information about how you can protect yourself and your family.

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Ask Us Anything About... Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is more likely to be cured in its early stages. The trick is catching it early – because once symptoms develop, a cure may no longer be possible. Studies show lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer.

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Ask Us Anything About… Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have chosen this popular facial rejuvenation treatment.

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Ask Us Anything About... Adult Congenital Heart Disease

When we think of congenital heart disease, we may think of someone who’s diagnosed and treated as a child. But sometimes, that heart condition may not be caught until the adult years. And even if it is caught early on, congenital heart disease is, in many ways, a lifelong condition. We learn more from Dr. Anisa Chaudhry, a cardiologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About... Endometriosis

One in ten women suffer from endometriosis, a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called the endometrium) is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. We learn more from Dr. Timothy Deimling.

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Latest Community

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Separado pero unido: REACH program helps Hispanics, Latinos at local level

In the war against COVID-19 Penn State REACH is working around the clock in Lebanon and Berks counties to get information – in Spanish ― out to the people who need it.

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Giving effort to help families at risk for food insecurity reaches nearly $50,000

Launched two months ago, the Families in Need COVID Relief community giving effort has raised nearly $50,000 in support of food insecurity relief efforts.

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Penn State Health to close donation centers Friday after strong community response

Friday, May 22, will be the last day that Penn State Health will accept drop-off donations of key supplies from the community at large. The health system will close its donation centers in Hershey, Reading, Lancaster and State College.

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Heroes look like this … [insert name here]!

Need a morale boost? Our new Heroes Look Like This homepage is the place to submit shout-outs to your team or any staff member, health care provider or community partner – complete with photos, videos and notes.

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Berini: Thanks for ‘focus on patients and families’

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center President Deborah Berini emailed Medical Center employees on Monday about Patient Experience Week.

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Latest People

Marie Conley and Kaitlin Snook stand outside the emergency department entrance at Hershey Medical Center. Marie wears a jean jacket and has wavy hair. Kaitlin wears scrubs with her hair in a ponytail. Both wear masks. The word “emergency” is on a sign on the building.

Neighborhood nurses team up to save a life

A frantic phone call to her neighbor triggered a team response that saved Marie Conley’s life when Hershey Medical Center nurse Kaitlin Snook arrived in time to deliver a lifesaving dose of steroids.

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The arts take center stage to relieve stress, support patients and staff

Center Stage Arts in Health provides a cache of creative support to help Penn State Health and College of Medicine staff cope with the COVID-19 upheaval ― from musical greetings to inspirational driveway art signs, art kits and more.

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Sew appreciated: St. Joseph volunteer services director says thanks with hand-sewn masks

Barbara Moyer, director of volunteer services at St. Joseph Medical Center, sewed nearly 130 face masks and sent them to volunteers.

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Dr. Donald Martin earns PAMED Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Donald Martin, a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine for 35 years and an anesthesiologist from Lebanon County, was named the 2020 recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) Distinguished Service Award.

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Key players: nurses innovate care, shape policy, impact lives

Nurses act as caregiver, advisor, confidante, educator, advocate – often all at once – and for multiple patients. Nurses also shape policies at the national level as representatives of professional organizations. During National Nurses Week, we’re celebrating the important role nurses play, now and every day of the year.

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