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Hershey Medical Center’s SAICU nurses honored as ‘Beacon of Excellence’

The nurses in the Surgical Anesthesia Intensive Care Unit at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have been honored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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Penn State Health board welcomes three new directors

Penn State Health has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors, all from Highmark Health.

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Board of Trustees approves Penn State Children’s Hospital expansion

The Penn State Board of Trustees today approved final plans to add three floors to the Penn State Children’s Hospital building.

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THON reveal party gives patients a chance to celebrate

Penn State Children's Hospital held a THON reveal party on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

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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: Small changes make big differences in digestion

The bacteria in your gut do more than simply help digest your food. The microorganisms living in your digestive tract can also influence your overall health.

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The Medical Minute: Are you at increased risk for colorectal cancer?

Most people know doctors recommend a colonoscopy at age 50 to screen for colorectal cancers. What they might not realize is that earlier screening may be necessary if they have a family history of colorectal cancer or other diseases.

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The Medical Minute: Detecting the subtle signs of heart disease in women

Many women may write off fatigue, body aches and even nausea as the result of stress, or as an indication that they need to slow down and rest. What they might not realize is that those subtle symptoms could indicate something much more distressing: heart disease or the possibility of a heart attack.

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The Medical Minute: Proper training could prevent common winter sports injuries

When you strap on skis or lace up skates, it’s important to remember that you have not trained like an Olympian, and that an ounce of prevention can help avoid the pain of injuries later.

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Latest Education

Students and alumni gather at the alumni dinner as part of the 2018 Graduate Research Forum. Pictured are, back row from left, Jesica James, Dr. David Antonetti (PhD CMBIO ’92), Jillian Weissenrieder, Dylan van Kampen, Ian Hayman, Dr. Edwin Gillman (PhD BCHEM ’90), and Peter Masiakos (MS PHSIO ’90), and in front, Jordan Chang and Emily Schleicher. The group members are seen holding 3D prints of words such as research and session, and holding the logo for the 30th anniversary forum. They are standing around a large cutout of the Penn State Nittany Lion mascot; in the cutout, the mascot is wearing a lab coat and holding a beaker.

Graduate Research Forum celebrates 30th anniversary

More than 120 graduate students, faculty members and alumni from Penn State College of Medicine came together to build relationships and exchange ideas at the 30th annual Graduate Research Forum held March 1 and 2, 2018.

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Williams recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Emmanuelle Williams, a gastroenterologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is the February winner of Penn State College of Medicine’s “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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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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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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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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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Most PA students tobacco-free, but vaping and cigarette use still a concern

Most of Pennsylvania’s high school and middle school students are tobacco-free, but the use of cigarettes and their digital counterpart, e-cigarettes, is still a cause for concern, according to Penn State researchers.

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Research to uncover factors behind bladder cancer progression receives ACS grant

The American Cancer Society has awarded a grant to study bladder cancer development to David DeGraff, assistant professor of pathology, surgery and biochemistry and molecular biology, and a member of Penn State Cancer Institute.

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Specific protein may reduce inflammation, improve survival during the flu

GM-CSF, a protein that modifies the immune response to the flu, may also help reduce lung inflammation and improve survival during influenza, according to Penn State researchers.

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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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Latest People

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Milton S. Hershey Medical Center board welcomes new director

Penn State Health has announced the appointment of Dr. Tony G. Farah to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors.

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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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