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Hershey Medical Center and Teamsters Local 776 reach bargaining agreement

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Teamsters Local 776 have reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

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Stem cell transplantation program marks milestone and departure of a pioneer

Dr. Wytold Rybka, a hematologist who pioneered the stem cell transplantation program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will retire from seeing patients this month.

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38th Children’s Miracle Network Telethon raises $366,819

The 38th annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Telethon raised $366,819 to benefit equipment, programs and research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital again recognized among the best in the nation

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Penn State Health Children’s Hospital as one of the nation’s best in multiple specialties for the twelfth consecutive year.

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St. Joseph Medical Center names Wolf vice president of medical affairs

Dr. Kimberly Wolf has accepted the permanent role of vice president of medical affairs for Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center after serving in the interim role since February.

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Latest Research

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Fighting the next pandemic with real-time, accurate virus detection

Penn State College of Medicine researchers were part of a team that is developing a method of highly accurate and sensitive virus identification to help battle future pandemics.

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Patients with low-grade gliomas more likely to experience mental health disorders

Patients with low-grade glioma tumors are more likely to experience mental health distress and possibly be treated for a mental health disorder, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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College of Medicine faculty join interdisciplinary Social Science Research Institute projects

Penn State College of Medicine faculty are part of three Penn State research teams that were awarded Social Science Research Institute pilot funding to address human and social problems.

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Multiscale imaging confirms protein’s role in neuronal structure and dynamics

College of Medicine researchers found in a new study that a long-observed protein structure called cofilactin was shown to play a major role in neuronal structure and dynamics.

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Study predicts cancer cases, deaths in Africa could double by 2040

Cancer cases and deaths are expected to double in Africa during the next two decades, according to findings from a new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Questions answered about COVID vaccines for babies, toddlers

For the last – and littlest – segment of the population yet to receive it, the COVID-19 vaccine is federally approved and available for all people 6 months of age and older. A Penn State Health pediatric infectious disease physician explains why it’s safe and answers questions.

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The Medical Minute: Pro tips for new dads ― and a brush-up for old pros

Dad’s tool kit often has everything you need for fixing a car, sharpening the mower and growing up. A Penn State Health child psychiatrist offers a checklist for new dads and old pros looking to take stock – in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Aortic dissection starts a race against the clock

Aortic dissections are among the most dire repercussions of unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking. But a Penn State Health cardiac surgeon says a new treatment can improve the outlook for some patients.

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The Medical Minute: Talking to your child about school shootings

How do you speak to your child about the unspeakable ― another shooting at a U.S. school? A Penn State Health Children’s Hospital psychiatrist offers six steps in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Tips for safely navigating the baby formula shortage

A nationwide shortage of baby formula has many parents anxious. Pediatricians with Penn State Health Children’s Hospital share the dos and don’ts of navigating the shortage safely.

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Latest Education

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Pathology resident Bohr recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Tiffany Bohr, a pathology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in June 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of […]

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Penn State College of Medicine readies students to meaningfully contribute to improving patient care

Medical students at Penn State College of Medicine taking health system science courses learn how to build partnerships among clinicians, engineers and operations to improve process flow and remove barriers to patient care.

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Pantanelli recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Seth Pantanelli, a physician in the Department of Ophthalmology, is featured for June in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Doctor of public health student to intern with federal mental health, substance misuse agency

Liba Blumberger, a Penn State doctor of public health student, has been selected to participate in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s summer internship program.

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Penn State College of Medicine celebrates 294 graduates in class of 2022

Two hundred ninety-four students gathered for the Penn State College of Medicine graduation ceremony on May 15.

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Latest Patient Care

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New, expanded Medical Intensive Care Unit opens at Hershey Medical Center

A newly expanded Medical Intensive Care Unit is now open at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The 24-bed unit was designed with extensive feedback from patients, families and staff.

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Penn State Health first in central Pennsylvania to use new technology for earlier lung cancer diagnoses

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is the first hospital in central Pennsylvania to use a new robot-assisted bronchoscopy system that can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages.

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Two Penn State Health hospitals launch partnership to better support sexual assault victims

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center are partnering with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing to enhance support for survivors of sexual assault through secure telehealth technology.

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Bouncing back: Bilateral knee replacement at age 71 helps Mount Joy man continue family tradition

In October 2020, Galen Martin received bilateral knee replacement surgery. Nearly 17 months after his operation, Martin is back to doing all the things he used to do.

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New moms at Hampden Medical Center can keep eyes on newborns thanks to AngelEye

On March 29, Hampden Medical Center equipped the Neonatal Special Care Nursery beds with AngelEye cameras.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Knee Problems

Approximately a quarter of all adults suffer from knee pain. We learn more about the causes of and treatments for a range of knee ailments from two Penn State Health orthopedic surgeons: Dr. Charles Davis and Dr. Aman Dhawan.

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Ask Us Anything About... Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is relatively common, with some 80,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. Dr. Matthew Kaag, clinical vice chair in the Department of Urology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, provides insights about risk factors, symptoms and treatments and answers viewers questions.

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Ask Us Anything About... Midwifery

A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in midwifery and special certification and advanced training to offer personalized care during pregnancy and childbirth. In this interview, Certified Nurse Midwife Katie Watkins, of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, shares some important  information for expectant mothers.

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Ask Us Anything About... Children’s Outdoor Injuries

It’s spring…and soon summer. And as our kids head outside to ride their bikes, climb trees and hit the playground, some dangers await. In this interview, we’re focused on safety and how to help your children avoid common outdoor injuries.

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Ask Us Anything About... Living Organ Donation

A living donor is an option for patients who otherwise may face a lengthy wait for an organ from a deceased donor. In this interview, Donya McCoy, living organ donor liaison at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, shares some important insights in what both donors and recipients need to know.

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Latest Community

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Penn State PRO Wellness, Cerner Charitable Foundation get kids to “Move it Outside”

Penn State PRO Wellness helped children at a Montgomery County school get active during their Move It Outside event on May 5.

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Cancer Institute hosts high school students for cancer research, oncology career event

Penn State Cancer Institute teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to introduce students from Lebanon High School to cancer research and discuss careers in science and health care.

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Penn State Health collects hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

Penn State Health collected 593 pounds of unneeded or expired medication on Saturday, April 30, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event also filled 27 sharps containers with used needles and syringes.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center wins grant to train community health workers

The High Foundation of Lancaster has presented Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center with a $105,000 grant to fund training for 100 participants who enroll in its Community Health Worker training program.

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$20,000 gift helps Penn State Health establish community fridge program

Walmart has awarded a $20,000 grant to Penn State Health to combat food insecurity among people in downtown Harrisburg.

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Latest People

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Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute announces new administrative director

Erica Francis joined Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute as the new administrative director on June 23. She will lead operations and staff, implementing the institute’s strategic plans.

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Penn State Health appoints new regional chief nursing officer for West Shore hospitals

Leslyn Williamson has joined Penn State Health as the regional chief nursing officer for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Penn State Health appoints Kyle Snyder regional chief operating officer for West Shore

Kyle Snyder has been named the regional chief operating officer for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center appoints new chief nursing officer

Wendy Clayton will join Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center as its new chief nursing officer on Monday, June 27.

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Billingsley retires, honored with professor emeritus rank

Mel Billingsley, professor of pharmacology, retired on April 30. He was granted the rank of professor emeritus in recognition of his 38 years of service.

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