News | Published March 30, 2013

Mount Nittany Health doctors give back through Medical Endowment on National Doctors’ Day

It's a day to say "thank-you" to your doctor. National Doctors' Day, held every year on March 30, is an opportunity for Mount Nittany Health to recognize its more than 250 physicians who provide care to the region.

In addition to providing high quality care, the physicians demonstrate their compassion and dedication through community involvement and volunteerism. One important way they give back is through the Medical Staff Endowment Fund, which is a permanent fund for patient-focused initiatives throughout Mount Nittany Health, according to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

At the March Medical Staff meeting, physicians voted to designate the entire income portion, which is $5,500, from the Medical Staff Endowment Fund to the Centre County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Children’s Advocacy Center, in partnership with Mount Nittany Health, is child focused – providing a centralized location for all necessary services, including medical services, for children who have been abused or witnessed abuse.

“This is the first time we have voted to spend the earnings from the fund, rather than to reinvest them back into the fund principal of $120,000 to keep it growing,” said Wayne Sebastianelli, MD, chief of staff, Mount Nittany Medical Center. “We all agreed that this initiative is that important, and are pleased and proud that our very first expenditure from this fund will help start this momentous venture.”

On National Doctors' Day, an appreciation breakfast for physicians will take place at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

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