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Weekly Quick Hits — Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

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Reset Your Voicemail Password

The voicemail system for Penn State Health and the College of Medicine, implemented last fall, requires an annual password reset. When you log into your voicemail box and hear a message to update your security code, enter commands to navigate through the voicemail menu as follows: 8  0  1  4, then follow the prompts to reset your security code. See the Phone and Voicemail website on the Infonet for more information.

St. Joe’s Expands MRI Services

Penn State Health St. Joseph has expanded its MRI services to third shift, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. The extended hours make it possible for Imaging Services to serve inpatients later in the day and earlier in the morning, according to Lynn Kauffman, Imaging Services director. St. Joseph’s goal is for MRI services to be open 24/7, 365.

Infant Fever Research Study

Infants with a high fever may be at increased risk for infections, according to research from Penn State College of Medicine. In a new study, researchers determined that for an infant less than eight weeks old, having a fever was associated with a doubled risk for developing serious bacterial infections, including meningitis and infections of the blood or urinary tract. The researchers encourage parents of infants younger than eight weeks old to seek immediate care if their child develops a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Learn more.

ACT Network Tool

Penn State College of Medicine researchers can now explore the feasibility of multisite clinical studies thanks to a new tool. The Accrual to Clinical Trials Network can help investigators explore patient populations from clinical sites across the U.S. in real time. Read more.


Nyland Named Woman to Watch in STEM

Jennifer Nyland, assistant professor of neural and behavioral sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, was named the Woman to Watch in STEM at Whitaker Center’s inaugural Women of Impact: Celebrating Women in STEM Awards Luncheon on Sept. 12 in Harrisburg. Nyland, a College of Medicine alumna, integrates basic and clinical research to study substance use disorder and pain management.

Cardenas Joins PSNA Board

Deb Cardenas, program manager of quality and patient safety outcomes at Penn State Health Medical Group Academic Practice Division, was recently sworn in to serve a two-year term as the secretary of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association board of directors. Cardenas’ leadership responsibilities include ensuring records of all board of director executive committee meetings are maintained, accurate and disseminated appropriately. She will also serve on board committees and represent the association.


Four Diamonds Conquer Run

Register for the Four Diamonds Conquer Run 5K and fun walk as an individual or as a team by Oct. 14. The 5K run and fun walk through Hersheypark takes place on Sunday, Oct. 20.

I-105 Fallfest

Penn State Health will promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the I-105 Fallfest this Sunday, Oct. 13 at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. The Penn State Health Breast Center team will give away “Paint It Pink” T-shirts and health education information. Singer Chris Janson headlines the country music festival.

Strausstown Grand Reopening

You’re invited to Penn State Health St. Joseph Strausstown’s grand reopening this Sunday, Oct. 13 from 8 to 11 a.m. See the expanded primary care space, learn about new outpatient services, meet the doctors and staff and tour the facility. The event features giveaways and a chance to win gift certificates for a family night out prize. The practice is located at 44 East Ave., Strausstown, Pa.

Drugs 101

Penn State Children’s Hospital will present “Drugs 101: What Parents and Kids Need to Know” on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Susquenita High School, Duncannon; Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Penn State Health University Conference Center, Hershey; and Monday, Nov 4 at the Jewish Community Center in Harrisburg. Each session is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The program educates parents about various forms of drugs and vaping and helps teens learn healthy decision-making in a fun, relaxed format. Register online for the Oct. 15, Oct. 22 or Nov. 4 session.

Community Mammogram Nights

Penn State Health Breast Center will host Community Mammogram Nights Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29 from 4:40 to 8 p.m. at 30 Hope Drive, Hershey, and Oct. 15 from 4:40 to 7 p.m. at Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center, 2221 Noll Drive, Lancaster. Women age 40 or older are invited to register at 1-800-243-1455.

TriNetX Training

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will offer training for TriNetX, a tool used for research population discovery and study feasibility, on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in C4702 of Penn State College of Medicine. TriNetX is one of several informatics tools sponsored by CTSI to help researchers conduct their studies more efficiently. Basic training is from 1 to 2 p.m. and advanced training from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Caring for Patients with Disabilities

Nancy Lokey of Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital will share best practices of caring for patients with disabilities on Friday, Oct. 18 from 8 to 9 a.m. in Hershey Medical Center, H6502; Friday, Oct. 25 in the College of Medicine, C4618; and Wednesday, Nov. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the College of Medicine, C2860. The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host this interactive session. Register here. Zoom links available.

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