News | Published March 12, 2014

66th annual Charity Ball benefits new Family Medicine Residency Program

The 2014 Charity Ball committee poses for a photo.

The 66th annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Charity Ball, held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, raised more than $134,000 for the development of the new Penn State Hershey Family Medicine Residency Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

One of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center’s premier fundraisers, more than 500 attendees gathered at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel for the event, themed An Evening in Paris. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed French-inspired cuisine, a charcoal artist, an Eiffel Tower ice sculpture, mimes, and the Philadelphia-based dance band, Paris.

The committee that successfully planned this year’s Charity Ball was lead by Penn State Hershey Family Medicine physicians Michael Flanagan, MD; Kristen Grine, DO; and Joseph Wiedemer, MD, who is also the program director for the Family Medicine Residency Program.

The new Family Medicine Residency Program is a partnership between Mount Nittany Health and the University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine. The program, set to accept its first round of post-graduate medical students in 2015, was recently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Last year’s Charity Ball also dedicated funds toward the new program, and to date, more than $259,000 has been raised.

“Ample primary care providers are a large part of the answer to accessible, affordable healthcare,” said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health. “Medical education also improves collaboration and communication within hospitals, encourages new relationships and partnerships, and helps to promote the very best patient care practices possible. Mount Nittany Health is incredibly pleased and proud to be playing a leadership role in bringing a Family Medicine Residency Program to State College.”

The event was supported, as always, by numerous sponsors which included three Eiffel Tower sponsors at $10,000 each: the University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine, construction management firm Alexander Building Construction, and Eclipse Resources.

The 2015 Mount Nittany Medical Center Charity Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 14, 2015, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

For more information about The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center or about the new Family Medicine Residency Program, please visit mountnittany.org.

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