News | Published March 30, 2020

Celebrating our doctors’ commitment to providing exceptional care

Each year, Mount Nittany Health celebrates March 30 as National Doctors’ Day. This is a day set aside to acknowledge the vital role doctors play in improving health, treating disease and saving lives. Mount Nittany Health is proud to recognize the more than 300 talented and dedicated doctors committed to serving our patients and communities, especially during this unprecedented time. With deep gratitude, Mount Nittany Health thanks all of its doctors for their leadership, courage and compassion.

“We owe a huge thanks to our doctors every day, but especially now when they are on the front lines during this challenging and uncertain time,” says Kathleen Rhine, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health. “While we are all distancing ourselves from others to avoid illness, our doctors have taken an oath to care for those in need. It’s no small matter that we rely on them for exceptional care now and every day of the year.”

Each doctor plays a vital role at Mount Nittany Health. For the second consecutive year, Mount Nittany Medical Center has earned a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. With an overall national average of 3 out of 5 stars, the Medical Center joins a peer group of only 400 hospitals nationwide, and is one of just 14 Pennsylvania hospitals with a 5-star rating.

The Mount Nittany Physician Group is 175 providers strong, with recent additions to bariatric medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine and primary care. The Physician Group remains the largest multi-specialty group in Centre County, serving 100,000 patients annually.

National Doctors’ Day was first established in 1991 to pay special tribute to physicians for the exceptional role they play in healing. The proclamation states, “More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellow man understand the tremendous responsibility it entails.”

Each year, Mount Nittany Health Foundation hosts an annual Doctors’ Day Appeal, encouraging individuals to respond with a tribute gift recognizing their physicians. Donors designate funds to the programs of their choice, ultimately advancing care at Mount Nittany Health.

While these special men and women deserve recognition every day, all are encouraged to take an extra moment on March 30 to thank a doctor.

To learn more about how to make a gift, visit or call 814.234.6777.