News | Published February 11, 2013

Anticoagulation Clinic patient pleased with people and services

Bruce Rutter is a marketing professor at Penn State University, a position he has been able to retain thanks to Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic.

“I haven’t had a blood clot in the past six years,” said Rutter. “Since I started going to the Anticoagulation Clinic, I haven’t had any difficulties. The clinic saved my life.”

Rutter had good health up until about twelve years ago when he experienced three blood clots within five years. His doctor thought the fluctuations in his INR levels, which assess the degree of clotting in blood, could be taken care of and monitored more efficiently at the Anticoagulation Clinic.

Rutter now visits the Anticoagulation Clinic at Mount Nittany Medical Center once every two or three weeks for appointments lasting about one half hour. While he has had many positive visits with instant results and no bloodletting, Rutter says the people are the highlight of his experiences.

“The pharmacists are some of the finest people I have met. They are extremely knowledgeable and they all genuinely care,” said Rutter. “ I really feel that the pharmacists, both new and old, are caring and capable, and that is the most important thing to me.”

Rutter has found ease and confidence in the services provided by the Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic at Mount Nittany Medical Center. While the hospital has changed around the clinic up until this point, a change to add further convenience to the clinic is also in the near future.

The Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion will soon be the new home to the Anticoagulation Clinic, where it will be moved for more space and increased services. For more information about the clinic, visit