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University's research expenditures top $1 billion mark

Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded the $1 billion mark in fiscal year 2019-20. The total figure, $1.01 billion, places Penn State among a select group of research universities nationally, and reflects the interdisciplinary strength built over three decades.

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Leading local response to a pandemic, growth of virtual care and clinical innovation shaped 2019-2020 fiscal year

An unprecedented pandemic. Learning how to live with COVID-19. Participating in groundbreaking clinical trials. Continued growth to serve the region. Deborah Berini, president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, talked about these hallmarks of a unique year during the hospital’s annual public Board of Directors meeting.

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DrPH student to present research in annual competition during Pediatric Trauma Society’s virtual meeting

Anna E. Ssentongo, a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at Penn State College of Medicine, has been selected to give a presentation on non-accidental trauma during the seventh annual meeting of the Pediatric Trauma Society, which will be held virtually in November.

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Penn State Health names first chief diversity officer

Lynette Chappell-Williams has been appointed Penn State Health’s first systemwide vice president and chief diversity officer.

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Penn State Health makes progress on two Lancaster County projects

Penn State Health’s plans for expansion to support Lancaster County are moving ahead with the development of a new outpatient site and the continued construction of Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center.

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Latest Research

Dr. Alexander Hajduczok, a third-year internal medicine resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, sports a wearable device manufactured by WHOOP on his right wrist. Two other physicians are behind him, walking down a hallway.

Researchers to use wearable device to measure resident wellness, prevent burnout

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are conducting a study to determine if a wearable device can measure wellness and predict burnout among resident physicians. The results from the clinical trial could be used to develop targeted interventions for depression and burnout in graduate medical education.

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New computational tool allows researchers to predict key functional sites in proteins

A new tool developed by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine may be useful for protein engineering and drug design.

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College of Medicine study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy

Pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa with malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher prevalence of anemia than pregnant women without infections according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals

Cannabinoid-containing products may alter the effects of some prescription drugs, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Caught in the act – microscopy reveals key detail in retrovirus replication

A protein that is critical for retrovirus replication may select viral genetic material for packaging within the nuclei of host cells, rather than in the cytoplasm, as was previously believed.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: How COVID-19 has affected organ donation

With more than 109,000 people on the transplant waiting list nationwide, the need for organ donors remains great. A Penn State Health transplant surgeon explains how donors and recipients are kept safe during the COVID-19 pandemic in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: What to expect when COVID-19 meets flu season

The combining of the COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal flu could make this the best influenza season ever or the worst. Our experts explain why in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Understanding pulmonary nodules

Most pulmonary nodules prove harmless. But in some cases, they can be a sign of lung cancer. Learn how doctors find, test and – if necessary – remove nodules from the lungs.

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The Medical Minute: Will I need a C-section with my second child?

Many women pregnant for a second time wonder if they can have a vaginal birth if they previously had a cesarean delivery. Penn State Health experts say it depends a great deal on their first birth experience.

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The Medical Minute: Common eye conditions in children

While pediatricians routinely screen infants and toddlers for vision problems, parents should also be aware of common eye conditions. With knowledge and action, they can help set up their children for healthy vision — for the classroom and beyond.

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Latest Education

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Neurology resident 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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College of Medicine welcomes incoming class of graduate students

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed more than 100 new graduate students on Aug. 17. They will study to obtain degrees in anatomy, biomedical science, biostatistics, clinical research, epidemiology, laboratory animal medicine, neuroscience and public health.

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College of Medicine welcomes incoming medical students

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed its incoming class of medical students during a virtual orientation July 15 to 17. The Office of Student Affairs presented the orientation online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Penn State College of Medicine physician assistant program creates partnership with Lincoln and Hampton universities

Penn State College of Medicine is creating a new partnership with Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Hampton University in Virginia that provides their undergraduate students early acceptance into its physician assistant program.

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Latest Patient Care

Ruth Vega smiles as she holds a sweatshirt up in front of herself that says Penn State 2000th. Her parents stand behind her. A poinsettia plant sits on a table in the background, with people sitting around it.

At age 8, “a second chance at life”: 2000th kidney transplant recipient shares her joy

Ruth Vega, Hershey Medical Center’s 2000th kidney transplant recipient, is living proof of the difference that the transplant team’s dedicated work makes.

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Hershey Medical Center is the first in Pennsylvania to offer new deep brain stimulation implant to treat neurological disease

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has become the first hospital in the state to implant a patient with a more personalized treatment for neurological disease.

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Kids can’t wait: Families battle challenges of therapy during COVID

Furloughed from in-person physical therapy by COVID-19 precautions, Joella Migliori and other children who depend on therapy to progress, are happily returning to 30 Hope Drive.

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Virtual ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ program helps prep parents-to-be

Penn State Health Women’s Health is offering a free, virtual class, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” on Sept. 16.

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St. Joseph dental clinic transitions to electronic medical records

A new electronic medical record system has streamlined patient processes at the dental clinic on St. Joseph’s Downtown Campus.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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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/gynecologis, provides important information for new moms.

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Ask Us Anything About…Midwifery

If natural childbirth is what you're seeking and if it's the best medical approach for you, a midwife can be an excellent option. Angela Klock, a certified nurse midwife with Penn State Health Obstetrics and Gynecology, answers questions and clears up confusion around this approach.

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Ask Us Anything About...Hernias

Hernias can prevent people from engaging in activities that they need to or love to do, and ignoring symptoms can sometimes lead to serious complications. Dr. Eric Pauli, chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, answers questions about hernias, from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

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Ask Us Anything About… Back Pain

As a large sector of the workforce continues to work from home each day, the result is often back strain -- as many people make offices out of kitchen tables or quiet nooks elsewhere in their homes. Dr. Timothy Reiter has some important tips to minimize and deal with back pain.

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Ask Us Anything About… Wearing a Mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Wearing a face mask is a simple way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but there is a lot of misinformation about wearing a mask. Learn more from Dr. Jessica Ericson, pediatric infectious disease physician at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Latest Community

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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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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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Latest People

St. Joseph presents two nurses with Daisy Awards

Penn State Health St. Joseph presented DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Awards to Rachel Drzewicki, a nurse in the Family Birthing Center, and Jennifer Schemberg, a nurse educator on 2N at the Bern campus.

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I am Penn State Health: Kassie Heeman

Kassie Heeman knows she carries a lot of weight on her shoulders. “If I don’t see something, then the doctors don’t see it – and that’s a big deal,” said the Paxtonia resident who is a sonographer at Hershey Medical Center.

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Twilight museum: Anesthesiology department to display century’s worth of equipment

Join Dr. Berend Mets for a tour of his namesake museum. The College of Medicine will inaugurate the new facility — named the Dr. Berend Mets Museum of Anaesthesia — at an event memorializing the 50th anniversary of Mets’ department in October.

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Wishing her well: On her last day, colleagues wish speedy recovery to nurse diagnosed with cancer

Registered Nurse Louise Kline’s colleagues have relied on her knowledge and expertise for years. Now, as she takes time off to undergo treatment for a rare form of breast cancer, Kline is going from caregiver to recipient.

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Vascular surgeon Amin returns to Penn State Health St. Joseph

Dr. Ali Amin, a longtime Reading-area vascular surgeon, rejoined Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center after a 16-year absence.

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