News | Published April 11, 2013

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