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Weekly Quick Hits — Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

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Devaney Named Director of Spiritual Care at St. Joseph

Tom Devaney, an ordained Catholic deacon, has joined St. Joseph as director of spiritual care. Previously, he was director of mission and pastoral care at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he served multiple hospitals in the greater New York metropolitan area following his 1993 ordination to the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

Quillen Elected Ophthalmology Association President

Dr. David Quillen, chair of the College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, has been elected president of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO). His one-year term begins April 1. AUPO is the leading organization representing academic departments of ophthalmology in the U.S. and Canada. Quillen holds the George and Barbara Blankenship Professorship in Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine and is director of the Penn State Health Eye Center in Hershey. He is a clinician-educator who cares for patients with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases.


Lititz Fire & Ice Festival Feb. 14-16

Penn State Health is a major sponsor of the Lititz Fire & Ice festival Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16. Penn State Health will display an ice sculpture near the Sutter Inn. On Saturday, our team will be part of a vendor fair at Warwick High School on Orange Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more information about the event. 

‘Troponin: What Will You Do With It?’ Feb. 17

Dr. Ryan Wilson will present “Troponin: What Will You Do With It?” on Monday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the College of Medicine, C7619. Lunch will be provided, and Continuing Medical Education credit is available.

Heart Disease on ‘Good Day PA’ Feb. 19

Experts from the Heart and Vascular Institute will discuss the signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of heart disease on “Good Day PA” Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. on abc27. Viewers can join the live webchat by submitting questions at .

SMaRT Connects Meets Feb. 20

“Research Interviews and Focus Group Best Practices” will be presented at SMaRT Connects on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the College of Medicine, Lecture Room A. Heather Stuckey, associate professor of medicine, public health sciences and humanities, will lead the session. Register online.

St. Joseph Blood Drive Feb. 20

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center will host a blood drive at Penn State Health St. Joseph on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule online using sponsor code 3199. For details, contact Cheryl Gipe at 610-378-2187.

Imposter Phenomenon Workshop Feb. 20

Learn about “The Imposter Phenomenon” at a workshop on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at College of Medicine Lecture Room B, C5621. For those who have ever doubted their accomplishments or felt like a fraud, the workshop will explore this pattern of thinking and help attendees break free from the behaviors and thought processes that create it. The workshop is for faculty, staff and students.

‘Walk with Kix’ at Harrisburg Mall Feb. 22

Penn State Health and the Swatara Township Police Department are partnering to present “Walk with Kix,” a family-friendly community event to promote pedestrian safety and physical activity. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Harrisburg Mall. Penn State Health will offer kid-friendly activities about pedestrian and driver safety, physical activity and healthy eating. Participants will also have a chance to walk with Kix, the K9 cop, Officer Scott Gibson, Corporal Brandon Pokrop and Public Safety Director Darrell Reider from the Swatara Township Police Department.

Faculty Xchange Event Feb. 25

Penn State College of Medicine faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, fellows and students are invited to share research expertise, develop ideas for new projects and establish collaborations at the Penn State Biodevices Faculty Xchange on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Juniata Valley Winery in Mifflin, Pa. The event is sponsored by Penn State’s Center for Biodevices, College of Engineering and Center for Medical Innovation. The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 17.  Click here to learn more and register. 

Muhlenberg Grand Opening March 7

Penn State Health Muhlenberg Outpatient Center, 4301 N. 5th Street Highway, Temple, Pa., will host a grand opening Saturday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet the doctors and staff, learn about the new services and tour the expanded primary care and urgent care spaces. Refreshments will be provided.

Fleet Feet Offers Learn to Run Class March 10

Fleet Feet in West Reading will offer a Learn to Run class for Penn State Health employees on Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For eight weeks, participants will meet with Fleet Feet coaches who will provide a training plan and advice to prepare for the Berks County Intermediate Unit Apple a Day 5K on Friday, May 1. The program is limited to 30 participants and costs $75. The first 12 employees to enroll will receive a $25 discount voucher. Register here.


Compliance and Cybersecurity and Privacy Awareness Training due April 9

Reminder: All Penn State Health employees must complete annual Compliance and Cybersecurity & Privacy Awareness training, and College of Medicine employees must complete Cybersecurity & Privacy Awareness training, by April 9. Failure to complete the trainings can result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Read more.

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