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Mount Nittany Health holds ribbon cutting for new Sieg Neuroscience Center

Mount Nittany Health held a ribbon cutting recently for the new Sieg Neuroscience Center at 2121 Old Gatesburg Road in State College. The Sieg Neuroscience Center houses Mount Nittany Physician Group Neurology and Mount Nittany Medical Center's Sleep Management Program. Pictured from left to right are: Carl A. Anderson, III, chair, board of directors, Mount Nittany Health; Pete Roy, II, MD, neurologist and chair, board of directors, Mount Nittany Physician Group; Judith O. Sieg, philanthropist; Philip H. Sieg, philanthropist and member of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center board; Steve E. Brown, FACHE, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health; Jonathan Dranov, MD, board chairman, The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

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Flu clinics offered at Mount Nittany Physician Group locations

Mount Nittany Physician Group will provide flu shot clinics at a number of locations across the Centre Region.

Flu shot clinic locations are:

  • University Drive Internal Medicine, 905 University Drive, State College
    814.237.3122 - open to the public.
  • Bellefonte Internal Medicine, 141 Medical Park Lane, Bellefonte
    814.355.7322 - open to the public.
  • Boalsburg Pediatrics, 3901 South Atherton Street, State College
    814.466.7921 - for current pediatric patients under 18 only.
  • Penns Valley Area Family Medicine, 4570 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills
    814.422.8873 - current patients aged 6 months and older only.
  • Green Tech Drive, 2520 Green Tech Drive, Suite C, State College
    814.278.4898 - current patients only.
  • Park Avenue Internal Medicine, 1850 East Park Avenue, Suite 302, State College
    814.234.5056, option 2 - current patients only.

Detailed information about the days and times of the clinics is available at or interested individuals may call the office for more information.

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Childhood obesity—an epidemic not to be ignored

Joe is making progress. Although he is still considered overweight, after six months on a prescribed program of behavior and dietary changes, his future looks brighter.

Joe is 14 years old and taking the medication Seroquel for his ADHD. Joe is the only family member who is obese. A half a year ago, his body mass index of 26.9 - 94 percentile, could easily have put him in the ranks of the two million teens in the US with pre-diabetes.

Research has shown that ADHD is a risk factor for obesity, as well as taking certain medications, having inadequate sleep, and being a formula fed baby, among others. Being an obese teen is the single greatest determiner of being an obese adult, so Joe is also at risk for eventually developing:

  • Fatty liver disease
  • Coronary/artery disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • A variety of skin conditions
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Free event: know your stats about prostate cancer

Know Your Stats, a campaign sponsored by the National Football League and the American Urological Association, is dedicated to educating men about prostate cancer.

Join Mount Nittany Health on October 22 for this special presentation by urologist Howard Miller, MD, Mount Nittany Physician Group. Dr. Miller will discuss prostate cancer risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options, including da Vinci® robotically assisted surgery.

Registration and our pre-event "tailgate," featuring light refreshments, will start at 6:30 pm. Dr. Miller's presentation will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a Q & A session.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. To register, please call 814.234.6727.

Celebrating the theme “Every Patient + Every Time = Making a Difference” during Emergency Nurses Week

When people take a trip to the emergency department (ED), any time of day or night, they are most likely glad when their ED nurses are kind, caring, compassionate, and an expert in emergency care. This year's theme of Emergency Nurses Week, "Every Patient + Every Time = Making a Difference," reflects the type of dedication it takes to make that happen.

Mount Nittany Medical Center is celebrating Emergency Nurses Week from Oct. 7 - 13 to let the ED nurses know that they make a difference to those who visit the emergency department. On Oct. 10, Emergency Nurses Day, the ED nurses will be honored with a catered lunch on all three shifts. Special posters featuring the photos of our emergency nurses will be displayed throughout the emergency department and the hospital. "Providing a face to the excellent care that these nurses provide everyday helps the patients and our visitors to recognize that quality care comes from personal attention," said Helene Shanahan, clinical supervisor of the emergency department.

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LUCAS™ Chest Compression System makes big impact on the emergency medicine arsenal at Mount Nittany Medical Center
From left to right: Mount Nittany Medical Center paramedics Josh Fremberg and David King demonstrate the LUCAS compression system on a manikin

Keeping the flow up is the goal. Steady, uninterrupted chest compressions are the method. And now, with the recent acquisition of the LUCAS Chest Compression System, paramedics and other Mount Nittany Health first responders can perform the highest quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) possible in an effort to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients.

"LUCAS can perform 100 compressions per minute, with the proper depth and strength - it's textbook CPR," said Rich Kelley, NREMT-P, EMS clinical supervisor. Twenty-four paramedics have been trained on the LUCAS, according to Kelley.

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Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care receives two awards for outstanding clinical outcomes
Sitting from left to right: Rhonda Mansberger, RN, case manager; Kellie Moore, RN, CWS, case manager; Monica Johnson, RN, case manager. Standing from left to right: Judy Faux, RN, CWOCN; Caroline Bush, LPN III; Jessica Newlen, RN, CWCA, clinical coordinator; W. Stephen Barnes, MD, medical director; Teresa Wilson, area vice president, healogics; Debra McNally, senior vice-president, healogics, and Kileen Stahl, LPN, III

Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care was recently honored with two awards: 2011 Center of Distinction and Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, MD Center of Excellence Award.

"The standards for the awards included a 91 percent healing rate in 30 median days to heal and a 92 percent patient satisfaction rate," according to Debra McNally, senior vice president of Healogics, the company that bestowed the awards.

The Robert A. Warriner III, MD award is in recognition of the Center for Wound Care receiving the Center of Distinction award for two consecutive years.

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The DASH diet: An eating plan for the whole family
Written by Kerry Anne Whitelock, DO
Kerry Anne Whitelock, DO, internal medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group, Bellefonte

I have long been a supporter of the DASH diet commissioned by The National Institutes of Health based on multiple research studies. Originally designed to lower blood pressure, the DASH diet stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension, and focuses on incorporating fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products into the diet.

The DASH eating plan is about 1,200 calories a day with each day to include:

  • 3-4 servings of fruit (a serving is one piece or 1/2 cup)
  • 3-4 servings of vegetables (a serving is 1/2 cup cooked or raw or 1 cup of leafy vegetables)
  • 2-3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy (a serving is 1 cup milk or yogurt or 1-1/2 oz. cheese)
  • 1 serving of beans, nuts, or seeds (a serving is 1/2 cup cooked beans, 1/3 cup nuts, or 2 Tbps. seeds)
  • 2 servings of lean meat, fish, or poultry (a serving is 2-3 oz. cooked)
  • 3 servings of whole grains (a serving is 1 slice bread, 1 tortilla, 1/2 bagel or bun, or 1/2 cup cooked rice or pasta)
  • 2 servings of healthy fats (a serving is 1 Tbps. olive oil, 2 Tbps. olive oil vinaigrette, 1 oz. dark chocolate, or 1/2 cup light ice cream)
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Janet Rushing named director of cardiology services at Mount Nittany Medical Center
Janet Rushing, RN, MSN, director of cardiology services, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Janet Rushing, RN, MSN, to its staff as director of cardiology services at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Rushing is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a bachelor's degree in both communications and nursing. She went on to receive her master's in nursing at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Previously a nurse manager for non-invasive cardiac services at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., Rushing was responsible for five departments - cardiac stress testing, cardiopulmonary health and fitness, diagnostic cardiology, echocardiology lab, and centralized telemetry monitoring.

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Penn State Hershey medical student profile - Amanda Moyer
Written by Lauren Lubus, MHA, strategic services specialist, Penn State Hershey Medical Group - State College
Amanda Moyer

Editor's note: Each month, Mount Nittany Health will feature a profile on each of the 13 third-year Penn State Hershey medical students.

Amanda Moyer grew up in Woodstock, N.Y., and studied biochemistry and biophysics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

After graduation, Amanda worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., for a year before starting medical school at Penn State College of Medicine.

Amanda's attraction to the regional campus is the focus on community-based medicine and her desire to help eliminate our country's health disparities.

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Save a life this month

Looking for a free and easy way to make an immediate difference in someone's life? Donating blood only takes about 10 minutes and could save up to three lives. Sign up for the American Red Cross blood drive at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The drive will take place Friday, October 26, from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm in Conference Rooms 1, 2, and 3 on the ground floor. Pizza Mia provides free pizza, and all presenting donors will be entered to win PSU football tickets. To make an appointment, please call 1.800.Red.Cross. You can also visit and click "make a blood donation appointment." For a listing of future blood drives at Mount Nittany Medical Center, visit our online events calendar at

Live well: simple, proven strategies for weight management
Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, professor of nutritional sciences and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University

In honor of World Diabetes Day, join Mount Nittany Health for a special presentation from one of America's leading authorities on nutrition and weight management, Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, professor of nutritional sciences and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at The Pennsyvlania State University. Dr. Rolls will introduce you to her science-based "Volumetrics" weight management approach. She will share the latest research on how the density of calories in foods affects how much you eat, and will explain how to develop healthy eating habits that will ensure optimal nutrition and manage body weight.

Health information tables from various Mount Nittany Health providers and community partners, along with refreshments, will be featured.

This special event takes place on Wednesday, November 14 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Entrance D, Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Please call 814.234.6727 to register.

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