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Mount Nittany Health named Outstanding Technology Company of the Year
 
 

On Wednesday night, the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) members voted Mount Nittany Health “Outstanding Technology Company of the Year” at their annual Awards Gala.
 
The award recognizes Mount Nittany Health’s commitment to investing in the most state-of-the-art technologies to fulfill its mission of making people healthier. “Mount Nittany Health has long been recognized for our high touch, and it’s truly an honor to be recognized for being high tech as well,” said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, as he accepted the award on behalf of Mount Nittany Health.
 
The CBICC specifically cited Mount Nittany Health’s use of the da Vinci® Surgical System as an example of their leadership in bringing innovative technology to the community. Since January 2012, specially trained Mount Nittany Physician Group physicians have used da Vinci robotically assisted surgery as an alternative to traditional gynecologic and urologic procedures. The patient benefits of robotically assisted surgery include shorter recovery times and a faster return to normal daily activities. To learn more, visit mountnittany.org/daVinci.

 
 
 

 

 
A second chance at life
 
 
 
   
From left to right: Paul Ross; Stephanie Clark, RN; Mary Ross

It’s probably safe to say that Paul Ross, 78, believes in second chances.

He will tell you that his kids weren’t exactly sure about his plan to marry a few years back, but Paul knew that even though he and Mary had divorced when they were very young, now that they were both single again, it was time to give it a second chance.

The second time around, Paul and Mary of Port Matilda enjoy their marriage and the simple pleasures of country life. A former truck driver, retired after 44 years on the road, Paul has a dream of re-purposing a bus to do a cross country tour. Mary babysits her two little nephews, and wonders if she could possibly leave them behind for such an adventure! Anything seems possible, of course, as long as the couple enjoy good health.

But this winter, Paul was having some problems with shortness of breath. His doctor, Paul Guillard, MD, internal medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group, recommended a CT scan. The procedure went fine, without a hitch, and his wife Mary wheeled Paul down the hall to the lobby so that she could stop at the restroom before heading home.

“I gave Paul my purse to hold while I went into the bathroom, and when I came back out, I could see something was terribly wrong,” said Mary.  “I tried to scream for help but nothing came out of my mouth! Then suddenly the doors opened and a lot of people came rushing in and some girls took me to another area,” she said.

 
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You are not alone—tinnitus is a common and manageable problem
Written by Leslie Purcell, AuD
 
   
Leslie Purcell, AuD, Mount Nittany Physician Group

If you have ringing in the ears, you are not alone. At least one in 10 people experience this problem. Besides ringing, people can also aurally perceive chirping, hissing, buzzing, or roaring. The name for this persistent condition is tinnitus. My patients will tell you that it can be very, very annoying. But, there is hope.

If you suspect you have tinnitus, make an appointment with an audiologist for an examination as soon as possible. The purpose of the exam is to determine if there is a treatable medical condition causing the tinnitus. Some possible issues include jaw misalignment (TMJ syndrome), wax build-up, and hearing loss.

Some people with hearing loss experience tinnitus relief while wearing hearing aids.  That’s why it is so important to check your hearing first. If a patient has a hearing loss in the frequency range of the tinnitus, hearing aids may bring back in the ambient sounds that naturally cover the tinnitus.

If you have tinnitus you certainly do not want to aggravate it, so be aware that certain things should be avoided. Loud noise, which is often what caused the tinnitus in the first place, can make the present condition worse. Also, some substances can have a negative effect such as aspirin, caffeine, nicotine, quinine, and some antibiotics and medications.

 
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Physicians donate to the Children's Advocacy Center
 
 
 
   

Child abuse is a serious, hidden epidemic that affects millions of children each year in the United States - occurring “at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education,” according to Childhelp, a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

At Mount Nittany Health’s Medical Staff meeting in March, physicians voted to designate the entire income portion from their Medical Staff Endowment Fund, which is $5,500, 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.”

The Medical Staff Endowment is a permanent fund for patient-focused initiatives throughout Mount Nittany Health, according to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center. For more information, visit mountnittany.org.

 
 
 

 

 
Do You Know Your Numbers?
 
 
 
   

Mount Nittany Health’s mission is to make people healthier. This happens in so many ways – one of those ways is by educating the community about health and wellness topics.
 
On April 1, Mount Nittany Physician Group kicked off a health education campaign called Do You Know Your Numbers?
 
Championed by Stephen Donelan, MD, nephrology, Mount Nittany Physician Group, the campaign is designed to educate our patients and the community about key healthcare numbers that should be known and monitored by everyone.
 
These numbers are:

  • Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood glucose (HbA1c test)
  • Cholesterol (HDL and LDL)
  • Kidney function

Throughout the month of April, Mount Nittany Physician Group employees will don Do You Know Your Numbers? buttons and will distribute information to patients about these key healthcare indicators.
 
Next time you visit your healthcare provider, why not take a few moments to learn your own numbers. Knowing your numbers – and taking the steps to improve them, if necessary – can put you on the path to a healthier you!

 
 
 

 

 
Community members weigh in on the first film from The Weight of the Nation
 
 
 
   
Panelists from the first night of The Weight of the Nation screening, from left to right: Jan Ulbrecht, MD, endocrinology, Mount Nittany Physician Group; Alex Szymanski, MD, cardiology, Mount Nittany Physician Group; Kerry Whitelock, DO, internal medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group

“My question is, how will the whole community solve the problem of obesity—the food industry, the medical establishment, the residents of the region?” said Natalie Corman of Penns Valley.

Corman was one of many community members who stepped up to the microphone to ask this question and to offer possible solutions after viewing Consequences, the first film in the 4-part HBO series, The Weight of the Nation. Subsequent films will be presented on April 16 and 23 at 6:30 pm at The State Theatre in State College.

Corman is the director for the Centre County Office of Adult Services, and her agency helps to support the local food banks. From the film, Consequences, she learned that those in poverty are especially prone toward obesity as a result of a complex set of circumstances, one of which is little access to fresh foods.

“Maybe we need to do more education for our food bank providers. Can they donate fresh food from their gardens? The answer is ‘Yes, they can,’” she said.

Stephen Donelan, MD, nephrology, Mount Nittany Physician Group, who championed the effort to bring The Weight of the Nation to State College and also served as the emcee for the evening, said that after viewing the film for the first time, his family began to take a look at their own habits including what they put in their food pantry. Together they made some changes.

 
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American Red Cross hopes to keep momentum pumping
 
 
 
   

Thanks to your generosity, the past two American Red Cross blood drives at Mount Nittany Medical Center have experienced record-high donations, averaging well above the goal of seventeen collections per drive.

“We have been so pleased to see the growth in the blood program at Mount Nittany Medical Center within the past six months,” said Laura Merritt, donor recruitment representative, American Red Cross. “We hope to keep the momentum going as we head into the summer, when donations tend to decline.”

While reasons for lower donations in the summer months vary, typically it is due to busier schedules (e.g., sports activities, graduations, vacations, etc.), most schools being out of session, and a lack of public awareness.

“People are often most compelled to give blood during the holidays, when the ‘spirit of giving’ peaks,” Merritt said. “However, when the holidays are over, they may forget that patients’ needs continue year-round. We hope our donors keep returning, and of course we always hope to attract new donors to the program.”

 
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Special guest speaker at May's Breast Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
   

The Breast Cancer Support Group, held the first Monday of every month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, will have a special guest in attendance for their meeting on Monday, May 6.

Maxine Marak (aka "Queen Maximus: Teacher, Student and Purveyor of Unconditional Love, Joy and Peace"), a massage therapist and recent cancer survivor, will speak about ways to embrace and endure your cancer journey rather than "fight" it.

For more information, visit mountnittany.org/events or contact Aileen Galley, ACSW, LSW, administrative director, cancer program at Mount Nittany Medical Center, at 814.234.6787 or agalley@mountnittany.org.

 
 
 

 

 
Organ transplantation need is great but donations are limited
 
 
 
   
Dana Hardy - photo taken by John Hovenstine, Town & Gown Magazine

Dana Hardy of State College has a message to share based on first-hand information - organ donation saves lives. It saved hers. Dana will be one of the presenters for the Family Medicine Seminar Series on April 18, at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Maria Reila Molina, MSN, CRNP, Dana Hardy’s primary nurse practitioner, will present a lecture entitled, Organ Donation and Transplantation. “Solid (whole) organ transplantation is a difficult and multifaceted area of contemporary medicine,” said Molina.

This is because the need for organ transplant is real, and organ donation and allocation remains limited; 116,804 people are waiting for an organ. Each day, 18 people will die waiting for an organ, while one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

Awareness and education remain keys to expanding the donation pool, according to Molina. The main objectives of her April 18 presentation are:

  • Indentifying the criteria for inclusion and exclusion for recipients awaiting transplantation.
  • Defining the possibilities and limitations of organ donation with respect to each of the organs: heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas.
  • Describing transplant care by stages.
  • Discussing the role of immunology and immunotherapy in transplantation.
 
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Time loss = brain loss: How to recognize and act on signs of a stroke quickly
 
 
 
   

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, Mount Nittany Health and HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital invite you to a special presentation on stroke from Pete Roy, MD, neurology, Mount Nittany Physician Group. 

Time Loss = brain loss: How to recognize and act on signs of a stroke quickly will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at Mount Nittany Medical Center's Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Entrance D, 1800 East Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803.

Registration and light refreshments will begin at 6:00 pm. The presentation followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Roy will follow at 6:30 pm.

There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is required by calling 814.234.6727.

 
 
 

 

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