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Weekly Quick Hits — Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

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Couple Joins Penn State Health, College of Medicine

Two family medicine clinician scientists, and husband and wife team, Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska and Dr. David Rabago are joining Penn State Health and the College of Medicine as the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s vice chair for research and vice chair for faculty development, respectively. Zgierska’s position was effective Jan. 1, and Rabago’s position is effective Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Fredrick Named Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine Chair

Dr. N. Benjamin Fredrick, professor of family and community medicine, public health sciences and humanities, became chair of The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine in November. He is director of the Global Health Scholars program with an interest in the health care of vulnerable populations.


Great Music Unplugged Concert Features Young Composer

The Great Music Unplugged concert series will present a performance by 17-year old, award-winning composer Zev Malina on Monday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the College of Medicine, Lecture Room D. A community dinner with the musicians will follow the performance in C1845, A and B. The concert is free to all Hershey Medical Center employees. Each employee may bring a guest. Space is limited. Contact Tasha Cochran to RSVP. 

Science Center Research Acceleration Initiative

CSL Behring, a global biotechnology company, will discuss its Science Center Research Acceleration Initiative on Monday, Feb. 10, noon to 1 p.m., at the Children’s Hospital, PG154. The initiative will provide up to $400,000 during the next two years to fund novel technologies in CSL Behring’s focused therapeutic areas. Applications will be accepted through April 9. Register online.

Book Club to Discuss ‘A Woman is No Man’

Part Two of Penn State Commission for Women’s Spring 2020 Book Club discussion will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, noon to 1 p.m. at the College of Medicine, Room C1800. The talk will cover “A Woman is No Man” by Etaf Rum. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Contact Raz Abdulqadir or Terri Smith for more information.

Day of Understanding Feb. 13

Penn State Health’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will celebrate a Day of Understanding Thursday, Feb. 13. Events include: “The Impact of National Race Relations on our Workforce and on Patient Care,” 8 to 9 a.m., 100 Crystal A Drive, Room 1119, Register here. “The Flawed Concept of Race: Biology or Social Construct?” 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., College of Medicine, Room C5621. Register here. The event will be available via Zoom . Meeting ID: 7175311012.

Galentine’s Day Celebration Feb. 13

Penn State Commission for Women will host a “Galentine’s Day Celebration” on Thursday, Feb. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at the College of Medicine, Lecture Room D. The event is for friends to celebrate their relationships regardless of their relationship status. Bring your own lunch. Register here.

‘Love Yourself’ Event Includes Giveaways

The College of Medicine’s Office of Student Mental Health and Counseling is hosting an event entitled “Love Yourself” on Friday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the breezeway near Harrell Health Sciences Library. The event includes wellness goodie giveaways, a smoothie bike, a healthy eating demonstration and other activities.

Association of Faculty and Friends Blood Drive Feb. 14

An Association of Faculty and Friends Blood Drive will be Friday, Feb. 14, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hershey Medical Center in the main entrance lobby. Donors will receive a T-shirt and be entered into a gift basket drawing. A valid form of ID is required.

‘Intersection of Opioid Epidemic and Diverse Populations’

The Inclusion Academy Session, “Intersection of the Opioid Epidemic and Diverse Populations,” will be Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 to 8 a.m., Junker Auditorium. Providers, residents, nurses, learners and medical staff are invited to attend. Register.

Abstracts Sought for Health Systems Science Day

Organizers are seeking abstracts for presentation consideration during Health Systems Science Day on Friday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Hershey Medical Center. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Selections will be announced by Tuesday, March 10. This event highlights the scholarly work of Penn State Health’s students, residents, providers and staff. Submit abstracts here. 

Children’s Miracle Network Plans Gala

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) will host A Miracle Journey gala on Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Antique Automobile Museum in Hershey. The event features a silent auction, raffle, dinner and remarks by Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins, whose own family has overcome health challenges. Tickets are $200 per person. Sponsorships are also available, including a $500 Friend sponsorship, which includes two tickets and special recognition. Proceeds will support equipment, programs and research at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Learn more.


College of Medicine Launches Strategic Planning Project

Dr. Kevin Black, interim dean of the College of Medicine, emailed faculty, staff and students on Wednesday to announce a strategic planning project for the college. “This initiative is just getting underway,” Black wrote, “and the purpose is to look ahead at the next five years to envision – and then create – the future of our college.” Read the full email.

Fitness Center Opens at Crystal A Drive

More than 200 Shared Services employees and services leaders attended the grand opening of the new Penn State Health Fitness Center at 175 Crystal A Drive on Jan. 31. The center is for Penn State Health Shared Services employees, and membership costs $10 per month. To join, visit the website and follow the instructions. For more information, email or call 717-531-0003, x329935. View a gallery of photos from the event here.

Take 30-Day Health and Wellness Challenge

Get 5,000 steps before noon, use cinnamon instead of sugar/sweeteners in coffee…are you up for a challenge? Try this 30-day health and wellness challenge from St. Joseph Women’s Health to start developing healthy habits. Think you can do it? Download and print a PDF copy here or contact Julia Nickey for a printed copy.

St. Joseph Enhances Intensive Care Services

St. Joseph Medical Center rolled out an “e-ICU” partnership with Mercy Virtual, the virtual care services arm of Mercy, a Missouri-based health system, in August. Similar to the partnership it has with Hershey Medical Center, Mercy provides St. Joseph with 24/7 virtual intensivist and nursing coverage. Twenty intensive care rooms at St. Joseph are outfitted with cameras and technology to give patients visual contact with virtual physicians or nurses at Mercy.

St. Joseph Safety Star Program Recognizes Employees

St. Joseph began a Safety Star program in late 2019 to reinforce and recognize the hospital’s culture of safety and ensure it continues to grow. “Whenever we hear of an employee action that positively impacts patient safety, the employee gets a star they can wear on their lanyard,” said Loretta Boyd, patient safety officer. Anyone who wants to report a “good catch,” can notify their manager, mention it during a unit huddle or report directly to Boyd.

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