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Highmark Health, Penn State Health combat opioid crisis in central PA

Highmark Health and Penn State Health are making progress in addressing opioid misuse and addiction in central Pennsylvania, responding to the region’s needs with an approach that emphasizes primary prevention, safe prescribing, high-quality and accessible treatment for substance use disorder, innovative research and medical education, and community supports.

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Gov. Wolf visits Hershey Medical Center to recognize nurses

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center today hosted a visit by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. It was timed to coincide with National Nurses Week.

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Penn State Health selects new general counsel

Annemarie Martin Boyan will join Penn State Health in the role of general counsel and as associate general counsel for the University on June 24. She will step into the role currently held by Mark Faulkner, who will retire this summer after 39 years of service to Penn State.

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Penn State Health hosts community celebration at Lime Spring Outpatient Center

On April 27, Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center swapped clinical appointments for food trucks and family fun. Spooky Nook sports complex and the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Cylo joined Penn State Health to celebrate the facility’s opening and welcome neighbors. “We do what we do because we are passionate about giving our patients the care […]

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Latest Research

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Dean’s Lecture, Research Recognition Awards celebrate innovative faculty

The annual Research Recognition Awards honoring Penn State College of Medicine faculty were presented in conjunction with the Spring Dean’s Lecture on May 14, 2019.

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First University Park Regional Campus Research Symposium draws a crowd

Close to 100 people attended the first University Park Medical Campus Research symposium on May 2.

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National Cancer Institute grant builds better researchers

The National Cancer Institute’s Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award equips predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars with skills to conduct independent cancer research at Penn State College of Medicine.

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MD/PhD student featured as entrepreneur of the month

Penn State College of Medicine MD/PhD student Olivier Noel was recently highlighted by Penn State Dickinson Law as the Entrepreneur of the Month.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Protecting against measles

“The only way to prevent measles reliably is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Catharine Paules, an infectious diseases physician at Penn State Health.

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The Medical Minute: Hold the added sugar

The sugar in fruit is different from the sugar in a doughnut. Learn why – and how to steer your children toward natural sugars.

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The Medical Minute: Six tips for safe spring cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great way to give your home a fresh start and give yourself a sense of accomplishment. But it can be hazardous to your health if you don’t take the proper precautions, especially if you have asthma or other chronic lung conditions.

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The Medical Minute: When PMS becomes debilitating

Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. But some experience a severe and possibly disabling subset of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

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Latest Education

Penn State College of Medicine students Matthew Chapman, left, and Yuriy Pechenyy sit on a couch and talk to Maria English, a longtime participant in the Patients as Teachers program. English sits in a chair with her feet on an ottoman. She is wearing a long-sleeved sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers and glasses. Chapman is seen in profile wearing a long-sleeved shirt and has short hair. Pechenyy is seen from behind wearing a white dress shirt. A small table with family photos is next to English.

When the patient is the teacher, the lesson is compassion

First-year medical students get a unique insight into the impact of an illness on patients through Penn State College of Medicine’s Patients as Teachers Project.

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Patient-centric clerkship guides future physicians at Penn State College of Medicine

The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship teaches Penn State College of Medicine students to be more empathetic physicians by working with the same patients for one year and developing strong connections.

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Research program equips students with essential skills for careers in medicine

Nineteen medical students presented at the 2019 Medical Student Research Symposium at Penn State College of Medicine on May 13.

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Kiss Hershey Back 2019 helps beautify neighborhood

Penn State College of Medicine students and dozens of others from the Hershey area volunteered to help clean up the community during Kiss Hershey Back 2019 on May 11.

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Latest Patient Care

Al Dolatoski and his wife Joyce hold hands and hold microphones as they sing Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” during the LVAD Celebration of Life. Al is sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a sweatshirt and hat. He has an LVAD hanging by a strap around his shoulder. Joyce is wearing a flowered dress and hat.

An artificial heart saved my life: LVAD patients and families share stories at reunion

Six patients who share a history of severe heart failure celebrated the state-of-the-art device that saved their lives at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s annual Left Ventricular Assist Devices reunion on April 26.

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In your corner: Pediatric Complex Care team advocates for children with multiple medical needs

The Pediatric Complex Care Team at Penn State Children’s Hospital takes on the complicated cases that other doctors shy away from – children who have severely compromised organ systems, are technologically dependent on breathing or feeding tubes, see multiple specialists and require a high degree of coordinated care.

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Couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary at Hershey Medical Center

Hershey Medical Center’s Patient and Family-Centered Care team helped Charles and Bernadine Mineweaser celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a special meal.

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Medical Center recognized as Center for Comprehensive MS Care

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Women and Stress

In this special edition of Ask Us Anything About..., Lanae Ampersand, program manager for Behavioral Health at Penn State Health, addresses questions regarding stress, live from the Business Women’s Forum at Messiah College.

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Ask Us Anything About… Sepsis

Sepsis happens when your immune system struggles to fight off infections. In the worst cases, sepsis leads to a life-threatening drop in blood pressure, often referred to as “septic shock,” and even failure of several organs. Bacterial infections are most often to blame. But sepsis can also result from other infections as minor as a scraped knee.

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Ask Us Anything About… Advance Directives

Learn from Dr. Lauren Van Scoy about how advance directives can be used to appoint someone to make decisions for you if you can't do so yourself.

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Ask Us Anything About… Volunteering at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a variety of volunteer positions that match a range of interests, skills and backgrounds. We learn more from Tracy Johnsen, manager of Volunteer Services at the Medical Center.

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Latest Community

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Medical Center volunteers cheer on Bike to School Day participants

The Nittany Lion cheers on local kids and their families on National Bike to School Day.

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Penn State PRO Wellness hosts event for Lebanon County elementary schools

Penn State PRO Wellness hosted the Building Healthy Lebanon Schools Family Fun Fest to encourage children and their families to be physically active and celebrate being wellness champions.

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Lime Spring Outpatient Center hosts community celebration April 27

Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center invites the community to an event celebrating the facility’s opening and welcoming neighbors from the area.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back events set for April 27

Penn State Health will host three community Prescription Drug Take-Back events on Saturday, April 27 -- in Hershey, Lancaster and Palmyra.

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Latest People

Adrienne Bruner of Penn State Health Human Resources sits on the edge of a wooden desk and smiles at the camera. She has blonde hair and is wearing a short-sleeved top and pants. Behind her is a chair, a computer and a window with trees visible outdoors. Papers are on the desk and credenza.

I am Penn State Health: Adrienne Bruner

Adrienne Bruner of Human Resources tells how she works to build future leaders at Penn State Health.

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Lifesaving help from across the globe

Jim Miller of Red Lion, Pa., had the opportunity to meet the man who saved his life ― a volunteer firefighter from Germany who donated his stem cells to him.

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Seidenberg named chief medical officer for 2019 Special Olympics World Games

Dr. Peter Seidenberg, Penn State Health family and sports medicine physician and team physician for Penn State’s football and softball teams, will serve as chief medical officer for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi March 14-21.

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College of Medicine Dean and Penn State Health CEO Craig Hillemeier to retire

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and chief executive officer of Penn State Health, has announced his upcoming retirement.

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