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Kevin Black named interim dean for the College of Medicine

Dr. Kevin Black, vice dean of the College of Medicine’s University Park Regional Medical Campus and the C. McCollister Evarts Chair and Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, has been named the interim dean of the College of Medicine, effective July 1.

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Penn State Health, Highmark expand collaboration with private practice physicians

Penn State Health and Highmark today announced that 23 primary care physician practices across five Pennsylvania counties have joined Penn State Health Care Partners, a clinically-integrated network designed to share best practices and develop standards of care across the network.

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Children's Miracle Network raises $4.4 million for Penn State Children's Hospital

Children’s Miracle Network raised $4,445,580.79 for Penn State Children’s Hospital in 2018-2019. The total was announced during the 35th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, which aired Monday, June 3 on WGAL-TV 8 from Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Hershey Medical Center earns HAP achievement award

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s efforts to prevent workplace violence have been recognized by an achievement award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

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Latest Research

Dermatology residents optimize exam that identifies skin cancers

Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Department of Dermatology chair, and dermatology residents at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center used engineering principles to improve the accuracy and efficiency of a total body skim exam.

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All of Us Journey to visit area

The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on informational exhibit, is visiting Hershey to raise awareness about the All of Us Research Program - an ambitious effort to gather data from 1 million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health.

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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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Opioid-exposed newborns may react to pain differently

Babies exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant with them may need special care even before they start to experience withdrawal symptoms, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Healthy babies start with healthy moms

Athletes invest hours practicing before a big game. Runners train for months leading up to a marathon. A mother-to-be should likewise prepare herself for the mental and physical rigor of pregnancy, labor and caring for a newborn.

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The Medical Minute: The pitfalls of too much screen time

Too much screen time can cause health problems for an adult. Mix it with the turmoil of teen years — or the plasticity of a preschooler’s brain — and it can lead to conditions ranging from obesity to mental health disorders.

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The Medical Minute: Keeping your teen safe behind the wheel

A tragic trio of inexperience, strong emotions and distractions combines to make vehicle crashes the leading cause of death and disability among American teenagers.

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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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Latest Education

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College of Medicine's physician assistant students win 29th annual National Challenge Bowl

On May 20, 2019, Penn State College of Medicine won the 29th annual National Medical Challenge Bowl in Denver, Colo., held during the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference.

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Global Health Exchange Program teaches students diverse approaches to improving worldwide health

Penn State Public Health Sciences has expanded this year’s Global Health Exchange Program from two weeks to three and doubled the number of students involved to 20.

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Gordin recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Vitaly Gordin, chief of the Chronic Pain Management Center at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is featured for June in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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New coats, new beginnings for incoming PA Program students

Penn State College of Medicine presented the incoming class of physician assistant students during a ceremony at the Hershey Lodge on May 24.

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Latest Patient Care

And the beat goes on…heart transplant patients, surgeons reunite

Heart transplant patients celebrate the gift of life that Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center gave them at the annual heart transplant reunion.

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Hershey Medical Center unveils new app for expectant mothers

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center released MyYoMingo on April 17, a free educational app that offers expectant moms help with topics ranging from prenatal care to child’s first birthday.

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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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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Stroke and Mini-strokes

We learn about mini-strokes as well as the increasing prevalence of strokes among young people from Penn State Stroke Center program coordinators Alicia Richardson and Cesar Velasco.

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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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Latest Community

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Children’s Hospital and American Heart Association honor school contest winners

The American Heart Association and Penn State Children’s Hospital honored 12 students from Dauphin, Lancaster and York county schools for their winning essays and artwork that presented their visions of a healthier community and heart heroes.

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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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Latest People

Arlene Faul, a 95-year-old woman from Hershey, smiles behind the counter of the Hershey Medical Center gift shop. She is wearing a vest, shirt, necklace and glasses. A man’s hand holds a phone out to her. Behind her are shelves of toiletries and other items. A top and sweater hang on a hanger on the right.

95-year-old volunteer spreads cheer at Hershey Medical Center gift shop

Arlene Faul of Hershey began volunteering at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center the year it opened its doors.

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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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