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New helicopter joins Penn State Health Life Lion fleet

Penn State Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport has welcomed a new helicopter to its life-saving fleet. The newest aircraft is the largest aeromedical helicopter in Pennsylvania.

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Penn State Health and Highmark Health join forces to create a high-value, community-based health care network for members and patients

Two of Pennsylvania’s leading health organizations, Penn State Health and Highmark Health, today announced plans for an innovative strategic partnership aimed at securing the future of health care in the region.

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Santa connects with patients at Children’s Hospital

Santa Claus visited Penn State Children's Hospital -- by way of a video monitor and web-enabled camera.

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New traffic pattern near Medical Center's Emergency Department begins Dec. 4

A new traffic pattern on the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus from University Drive to the Emergency Department (ED) will begin on Monday, Dec. 4 to accommodate the ED expansion project.

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Latest Community

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Winner crowned for best mustache in Hershey Bears ‘No Shave November’ contest

Guests to the Hershey Bears game against Bridgeport on Nov. 26 not only got to see a great game but also got to see a Bear with quite the mustache presented with a trophy.

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Pay 4 Play raises record-breaking total for Children’s Hospital

The 11th annual People’s Pay 4 Play on WQXA-FM 105.7 The X on Nov. 9 and 10 raised a record-breaking $241,363.30 for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Prescription Drug Take Back event set for Oct. 28 in Hershey

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will host a community Drive-Thru Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, Oct. 28.

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Conquer Run raises $132,285 for Four Diamonds

The Conquer Run, a competitive 5K run and fun walk through Hersheypark, raised more than $132,285 for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital and the fight against childhood cancer.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Helping children thrive after cancer

Childhood cancer survivors are at a higher risk of developing physical and emotional difficulties once their treatment is complete. That's why it’s important to connect them with follow-up care and resources.

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The Medical Minute: Health risks of smoking go beyond lung cancer

Doctors ask patients about smoking habits for the same reason they check weight, blood pressure, breathing and heart beat during a visit.

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The Medical Minute: Despite warnings, unsafe infant sleep practices persist

When the weather is cold and the nights are long, new parents can be tempted to put extra blankets in a crib or bring their infant into bed with them. Both practices can lead to death for children under a year old, who do not have the ability to protect their airway and prevent their own suffocation.

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The Medical Minute: Lifestyle determines success after surgical weight loss

With many people staring down New Year’s resolutions related to losing weight, some may be wondering if surgical weight loss is right for them.

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Latest Education

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Krok recognized for 'Exceptional Moments in Teaching'

Penn State College of Medicine’s Office for a Respectful Learning Environment is honoring exceptional faculty members with a new monthly award program, “Exceptional Moments in Teaching.” The program’s first winner is Dr. Karen Krok, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist.

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Penn State College of Medicine MD/PhD student gets ‘Shark Tank’ investment

Olivier Noel, a sixth-year student in Penn State College of Medicine’s MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program, has risen to national fame after appearing on ABC’s hit reality show “Shark Tank.”

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Wilderness medicine exercise immerses resident physicians in realistic scenarios

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently staged a wilderness medicine exercise to prepare resident physicians to handle a range of illness and injury scenarios.

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Bruce recognized for influence on physician assistant profession

Christine Bruce, program director of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Penn State College of Medicine, was recently recognized by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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Latest Patient Care

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Children's Hospital again recognized by U.S. News & World Report

For the seventh consecutive year, Penn State Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the Best Children’s Hospitals in multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

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Magnet site visit scheduled for June 19

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Program Office has granted Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center an appraisal site visit, June 19-21, for the final step in the Magnet re-designation process.

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Medical Center launches 'star ratings' for clinical care providers

An addition to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s website is designed to make patients more informed about the level of care they can expect.

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Medical Center appoints new chief quality officer

Dr. Margaret Mikula has been appointed chief quality officer (CQO) for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Medical Group practices.

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Ask Us Anything About... Smoking and Vaping

Ask Us Anything About… Smoking and Vaping

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing nearly half a-million Americans each year. Learn more about the dangers of tobacco and strategies for quitting, along with the rising popularity of vaping.

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Ask Us Anything About… New Year’s Resolutions

For many people, a new calendar year sparks a new-found drive for self-improvement. But New Year’s resolutions are easier broken than kept. We share tips on how to break bad habits – and start good ones.

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Ask Us Anything About… The Flu

Every year, the flu proves deadly and leads to tens of thousands of deaths across the U.S. With flu activity on the increase in Pennsylvania, Dr. Jay Zimmermann, a family physician at Penn State Medical Group-Elizabethtown, says now is the time to get vaccinated.

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Ask Us Anything About… Back Pain

Back pain affects eight out of 10 people and is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. Dr. Mark Knaub, an orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, talks about what you can do if you experience back pain and how to prevent it in the first place.

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Latest Research

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Short-course radiation treatment is safe and effective for skin cancer

A recent Penn State College of Medicine physician’s study review suggests that shorter courses of radiation are preferable to longer ones for older patients receiving treatment for slow-growing skin cancers.

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Both fresh and frozen embryos offer similar chance of baby after IVF

For women using in vitro fertilization to have a child, using either fresh and frozen embryos have similar success rates for most women, according to an international team of researchers.

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Beta blockers may boost immunotherapy, help melanoma patients live longer

A common, inexpensive drug that is used to prevent heart attacks and lower blood pressure may also help melanoma patients live longer.

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Two surgical approaches equal in treating infection-caused hydrocephalus

Implanting a shunt or endoscopically reducing intracranial pressure and reducing fluid production are equally effective in treating infants with hydrocephalus caused by brain infections, according to an international team of researchers, but endoscopy may have fewer down-the-line complications.

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Latest People

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Myers creates one-of-a-kind ornament for Children’s Hospital babies

Carrie Myers, a child Life specialist at Penn State Children’s Hospital, decided to make a special gift for tiny patients and their families.

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Hillemeier named Business Diversity Champion of the Year

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and senior vice president for Health Affairs at Penn State, has been named the Business Diversity Champion of the Year by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

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Penn State football players bring ‘energy, passion and enthusiasm’ to Children’s Hospital

Smiles widened and cheers erupted as more than 100 Penn State football players poured off of buses and into Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Medical Center observes National Nurses Week (VIDEO)

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center observes National Nurses Week, May 6-12, with a special message about its dedicated, Magnet-designated nursing staff.

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