During a formal ceremony in April 2006, leaders with The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (PSHMC) and Mount Nittany Medical Center signed an affiliation agreement to strengthen clinical care and provide additional resources for patients in the Centre County region.
The agreement enhances the medical education and research efforts of each organization and is a natural progression of the long-standing relationship between the three entities. It enables the groups to partner on a number of clinical, scientific and educational initiatives. Under the collaborative agreement, the organizations maintain their independence but work together to expand and develop clinical specialty services and recruit world-class medical specialists who practice at Mount Nittany Medical Center while serving as members of the Penn State College of Medicine faculty.
For instance, in 2004, Mount Nittany Medical Center and PSHMC, working jointly with Centre Medical Surgical Associates, successfully recruited James Fick, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, PSCOM, to create a neurosurgery practice in State College. Dr. Fick, currently the only neurosurgeon in the area, specializes in the removal of brain and spinal tumors. He has medical privileges at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Together, Mount Nittany Medical Center, along with Penn State and PSHMC, can explore new growth in a number of clinical programs. Previously, Penn State and Mount Nittany Medical Center collaborated on a number of other initiatives. Mount Nittany Medical Center is an affiliate of the Penn State Cancer Institute, which brings the benefits of cancer-related research and education at the Penn State College of Medicine to patients not only at Mount Nittany Medical Center and PSHMC, but also the Institute's other members: the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network Cancer Services, both in Allentown.
Most recently, the collaborative effort enhanced the Medical Center's Cardiac Catheterization Lab with the addition of interventional cardiology services. The agreement also enables Mount Nittany Medical Center's participation and access to research grants and core clinical research facilities through PSHMC and Penn State, as well as shared funding for clinical trial participation.
Additionally, Penn State partnered with Mount Nittany Medical Center to provide many of the laboratory experiences for students seeking career certification at the Medical Center's School of Clinical Laboratory Science.
To learn more about educational opportunities at Mount Nittany Medical Center, visit our education section.