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Life & Health - November 2012 |
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American Diabetes Month—A weight management strategy for diabetes prevention and management
Barbara Rolls, PhD, on the set of Central PA LIVE, talking about Volumetrics with Sarah Swistak, host

Mount Nittany Health's outreach for American Diabetes Month features internationally known author Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, presenting a variety of programs for the community about her weight management program - Volumetrics.

Dr. Rolls, Penn State University professor of nutritional sciences, has literally written the book on Volumetrics along with over 250 scientific articles and six books total on the subject. Her work focuses on calorie density - the calories per bite or per any given portion of food. Her findings? If you lower the calorie density without changing the palatability of the recipes, people will "eat less" without really eating less.

In other words, people can eat the same amount of food, and feel full, by reducing their calorie intake by about 25 percent. The key? Changing the amount of water in foods, because water adds weight and volume but no calories. So, for example, you can increase the amount of water in a casserole by adding vegetables, which are mostly water - thereby lowering the calorie density.

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South African surgeons observe operations at Mount Nittany Medical Center
From left to right: Phillip de Lange, MD, orthopaedic surgeon from Pretoria, South Africa; Helen Jacobs, regional sales manager, Smith & Nephew, Johannesburg, South Africa; Nick Cocciuti, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Johannesburg, South Africa

It could be called a cross-cultural exchange or peer-to-peer teaching, or even study abroad. Regardless of its name, the result is the same. Two South African surgeons traveled half way around the world to watch State College surgeon Kenneth Cherry, MD, University Orthopedics Center, perform knee replacement surgeries at Mount Nittany Medical Center with the purpose of improving their skill and knowledge.

"I hope to come away with tips and tricks from an experienced surgeon. It is an invaluable experience," said Nick Cocciuti, orthopaedic surgeon from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Cocciuti and his colleague Phillip de Lange, MD, orthopaedic surgeon from Pretoria, South Africa, spent several days at Mount Nittany Medical Center this fall watching Dr. Cherry implement the proprietary technology, Visionaire system, developed by Smith & Nephew, Inc., Reconstruction and Trauma.

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Family Medicine Seminar Series to feature da Vinci® Surgical System
Howard Miller, MD, urology, Mount Nittany Physician Group, and Frederick Doucette, MD, FACOG, ob/gyn, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Robotic surgery, specifically the da Vinci Surgical System, will be the topic of the Family Medicine Seminar Series (FMSS) on Nov. 15 at 6:30 pm at Mount Nittany Medical Center's Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium located at 1800 E. Park Ave., State College.

J. Frederick Doucette, MD, FACOG, ob/gyn, Mount Nittany Physician Group, and Howard Miller, MD, urology, Mount Nittany Physician Group, will speak about their experiences working with the da Vinci system at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

With the acquisition of the da Vinci last year, Mount Nittany Medical Center is the only hospital to have the system within an 80-mile radius. More patients in the region have access to minimally invasive surgery in urology and gynecology without traveling long distances.

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New providers join Mount Nittany Physician Group
From top, left to right: Katherine Bialka, PA-C, PhD, endocrinology, Mount Nittany Physician Group; Tammy Impellitteri, RD, CNSC, LD, endocrinology, Mount Nittany Physician Group; Sara Dungan, PA-C, MSHS, MS, ATC, urology, Mount Nittany Physician Group; Susan Eckley, CRNP, ob/gyn, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Katherine Bialka, PA-C; Tammy Impellitteri, RD; Sara Dungan, PA-C, and Susan Eckley, CRNP, to Mount Nittany Physician Group.

Katherine Bialka, PA-C, PhD, and Tammy Impellitteri, RD, CNSC, LD, both offer endocrinology services at Mount Nittany Physician Group's Park Avenue location, Suite 201, at 1850 East Park Avenue in State College.

Bialka received her doctorate in philosophy in agricultural and biological engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and went on to receive her master's degree in the health science/physician assistant program at Lock Haven University. She is a member of both the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.

Impellitteri graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in hotel, restaurant and institutional management and completed the generalist dietetic internship program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. She has diverse experience as a dietitian, including inpatient and outpatient services and health promotion.

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Central PA Regional Business and Industry Expo

Mount Nittany Health is participating in the Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo, organized by the CBICC, at Bryce Jordan Center on November 8 from 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm by occupying three booths (A-08, A-09, A-10) at the event.

Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery will be raffling off two tickets to The State Theatre's November 10 Metropolitan Opera simulcast of The Tempest.

The following Mount Nittany Health services will be present:

  • 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Service Excellence
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Orthopedics
  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Advanced Directives
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Patient Access

The event is free and open to the public.

Special offer from Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery

Start the giving season with a little gift for you - a free $50 gift certificate!

Book your non-surgical treatment with Dr. Emily Peterson for November or December and get a $50 gift certificate to use January 2 - February 28, 2013.

Use your gift certificate on any non-surgical treatment, including Botox®, Juvederm®, and Sculptra®, aesthetic services with Camille Brown, or on any of our high-quality skincare or cosmetic products.

For more information about the services available at Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, visit their website or call 814.231.7878.

Limit one gift certificate per guest.

Help children in need stay warm this winter

Mount Nittany Health is participating in Coats for Kids, sponsored by 3WZ Radio and Balfurd Cleaners.

Coats for Kids strives to collect new and gently used coats to distribute to children in need of a warm coat during the winter months. Last year Mount Nittany Health employees, volunteers, and patients donated hundreds of coats to this cause.

Coats of all sizes will be accepted at the following Mount Nittany Health locations through January 11, 2013:

  • Mount Nittany Physician Group University Drive, 905 University Drive, State College
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Green Tech Drive, 2520 Green Tech Drive, Suite C, State College
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Boalsburg Pediatrics, 3901 S. Atherton Street, State College
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Bellefonte Pediatrics 141 Medical Park Lane, Bellefonte
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, 100 Radnor Road, Suite 101, State College
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Bellefonte Internal Medicine, 141 Medical Park Lane, Bellefonte
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Park Avenue, 1850 E. Park Avenue, Suite 201, State College
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Avenue, Main Entrance, State College
A chance to give thanks to emergency medicine professionals

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Mount Nittany Health would like to celebrate the many "unsung heroes" who work in emergency medicine. From paramedics and ambulance drivers to firefighters, police, emergency room nurses, physicians and staff, people rely on these individuals in times of greatest need.

  • Has an emergency medicine professional made life a little better for you or a loved one?
  • Are you an emergency medicine professional and want to post what your job means to you?
  • Does a colleague deserve praise for a job well done?

If so, we encourage you to post your story in this dedicated section of our Facebook page and join Mount Nittany Health in thanking those who give so much in service to others.

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

Brittney Hacken is from Mountain Top, Pa., and she studied biology, with minors in chemistry and psychology, at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she also played Division I field hockey.

Brittney is currently involved in research about exercise and weight loss as related to knee osteoarthritis. She has volunteered her time at the Lion Care Bone and Joint Clinic in Hershey, is involved with the Ronald McDonald House and is currently the Community Service Co-Chair for the Penn State College of Medicine Class of 2014 Student Council.

"I was drawn to the ability to practice with doctors in a small community setting at the regional campus," said Hacken. "The physicians I met prior to coming were very eager to teach students, and now that I am here, I have found that all the nurses and other medical providers are just as excited."

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