News | Published February 28, 2014

State Patty’s Day 2014

Mount Nittany Medical Center is prepared:

“The newly expanded emergency department at Mount Nittany Medical Center is designed to handle the emergency needs of the region. Through use of smart and efficient resources such as private patient rooms, two trauma bays, a rooftop helipad, specially designed behavioral health rooms, a dedicated sexual assault nurse examiner room, and a pod-style format, the department provides care and treatment for nearly 50,000 people annually. A planning team anticipates influxes of patients (such as State Patty's Day or home football weekends) and staffs accordingly, so that every patient receives the highest level of care.” –Theodore Ziff, MD, medical director, emergency department, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Last year (2013) statistics:

State Patty’s Day weekend, beginning Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2013:

  • 49 patients were seen for alcohol related events
  • Average alcohol level was .284
  • Average age was 20.5
  • 22 of the 49 students were from Penn State University

This year (2014) statistics:

Thursday night & Friday night:

  • 8 alcohol-related incidents
  • average age 26.5
  • average alcohol level .224

Saturday night:

  • 27 alcohol-related incidents
  • average age 21
  • average alcohol level .271


  • 35 alcohol-related incidents
  • average age 23.8
  • average alcohol level .248
  • 26 of the 35 students were from Penn State University