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Men: Stop playing games with your heart!
  Mens heart health  

Join the healthcare providers of Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology for a free men’s heart health event: Stop Playing Games with Your Heart: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor.
It’s never too late to learn what you can do to take care of your heart today to avoid heart problems later. This free community wellness event, led by Jeffery Gilbert, DO, cardiologist, Mount Nittany Physician Group, will address the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and how to control certain factors to reduce your risk of contracting heart-related issues. Physicians will be on hand to answer your questions after the presentation.

Presentation begins at 6:30 pm. Heart-healthy refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium
Mount Nittany Medical Center
State College, PA
 Please RSVP by calling 814.234.6727.



One person can make a difference – volunteers are recognized at Mount Nittany Health
  Lowie Kerns  
Lowie Kerns, Mount Nittany Health's Volunteer of the Year

Recent events have shaken our world, but that doesn’t change an important fact – “One person can make a difference.” This was the theme of this year’s recognition dinner for Mount Nittany Health’s Volunteer Resources Department, which was held on April 24. The dinner honored over 811 volunteers who had collectively contributed 67,549 hours.

“Each person makes a unique contribution at the Medical Center, whether it is through making craft projects, or preparing mailings, or by providing direct patient assistance and care. We value each and every hour of service,” said Vickie Morgan, director of volunteer resources.

Honoring the Volunteer of the Year – nominations for which are submitted at the departmental level throughout the Medical Center – was a highlight of the evening. Lowie Kerns of State College was recognized for her 4,650 hours of service. She began volunteering in 2001, starting in the surgical waiting room, and has been volunteering in the ultrasound waiting room most recently.

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Rest easy with these National Sleep Better Month tips for kids and adults

Like all healthy habits, learning proper sleep hygiene should start at a young age and continue for life. In honor of May being designated National Sleep Better Month, here are a few tips to ensure that you and your family all get a better night’s sleep.

  • Sleep schedule. Sleep schedules (bedtime and wake-up times) should be consistent. There should not be more than an hour’s difference in bedtime and wake-up times between week nights and weekend nights.
  • Bedtime routine. Children should have a 20- to 30-minute bedtime routine that is the same every night. The routine should include calm activities, such as reading a book or talking about the day.
  • Bedroom. Bedrooms should be comfortable, quiet, dark and cool (less than 75°F). For kids, a nightlight is fine, as a completely dark room can be scary for some children. Parents: Avoid using your child’s bedroom for time out or other punishment. You want your child to think of the bedroom as a good place, not a bad one.
  • Snack. A light snack before bed is a good idea for kids. Heavy meals within an hour or two of bedtime, however, may interfere with sleep.
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Wellness in the workplace
Written by Scott DeHart, MD, PhD, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group
  Scott DeHart  
Scott DeHart, MD, PhD, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Study after study has shown that a healthy, happy workforce is a more productive workforce. It logically follows that the cost/benefit ratio of maintaining a corporate culture that promotes wellness is very beneficial, and many companies are realizing the cost savings in preventing lost time.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is particularly true when referencing the cost of health promotion programs in the workplace versus lost time and productivity due to illness, injury, prolonged disability, retraining, and rehiring.

Efforts to protect and promote workers' health and safety in the United States has historically focused on legislation and regulations intended to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses by reducing workplace hazards. As research moves forward relative to the costs associated with work-related injury and illness, priorities have shifted to maintaining the health and wellness of workers.

There are three ways to promote health in the workplace. First, there is great potential for improving workers health through improvements in the nature and structure of work and the design of work tools and workspace. Positive changes in the work environment may include ergonomic considerations, natural lighting, and opportunities for short bursts of exercise.

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Announcing new diabetes support group

As part of our mission to make people healthier, Mount Nittany Health's Diabetes Network is proud to announce a new partnership with the Centre Region Senior Center to provide a monthly diabetes support group. Led by a Diabetes Network certified diabetes educator, the support group offers encouragement, guidance and information for those living with diabetes and their loved ones.
Every second Wednesday of the month
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Centre Region Senior Center
31 S. Fraser Street #1
State College, Pa. 16801
All are welcome to attend at no cost

For more information about the meetings or the Senior Center, call Carol Clitherow at 814.231.3076.

To learn more about our diabetes services, including our other monthly diabetes support group held at Mount Nittany Medical Center, visit



When struggling to hear may seem like the onset of dementia
  Leslie Purcell new  
Leslie Purcell, AuD, Mount Nittany Physician Group Ear, Nose & Throat/Audiology

An elderly patient came to the office of Leslie A. Purcell, AuD, Mount Nittany Physician Group Ear, Nose & Throat/Audiology, because his hearing aids did not seem to be working. “He was basically unresponsive to any attempt at communication, and his caregiver was concerned about his change in mental status,” said Dr. Purcell.

It turned out his hearing aids needed repair. When Dr. Purcell did that and put them back into his ears, his face lit up and he had a 15-minute conversation. He was a totally different person. His mental status had not changed at all; in fact he was quite sharp. The change was that his brain was deprived from auditory input; therefore, he was responding inappropriately when spoken to and withdrawing socially. 

Dr. Purcell said that the brain is so preoccupied with translating sounds into words that there is no processing power left. “Often, it is difficult to determine whether the brain is not receiving the signal due to hearing loss or not processing the signal correctly, possibly due to the onset of dementia.”

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CCPCH Brown Bag Lunch Series—community conversations
  brown bag  

People were conversing, excitement was growing, and by the end of the Centre County Partnership for Community Health (CCPCH) Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of obesity/diabetes, the flipchart was filled with more than 20 different ideas about how to address the issue of obesity in the Centre Region.

The first of six Brown Bag Lunches came on the heels of the month-long program, The Weight of the Nation, a 4-part film series presented by Mount Nittany Health at the State Theatre, in State College, that addressed the obesity epidemic in the U.S.

 The CCPCH Brown Bag Lunch Series creates an opportunity for conversations with community members about the six priority health needs of the region identified during the Health Summit in February at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The six health needs are:

  • Obesity/diabetes
  • Mental health
  • Healthy aging
  • Transportation and accessibility
  • Oral health
  • Substance abuse
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Mount Nittany Health launches “Great Things Happen Here” campaign

Mount Nittany Health recently unveiled its advertising campaign, “Great Things Happen Here.” Highlighting examples of our dedication to making people healthier with more efficient, aligned and local care, the campaign also reflects our commitment to becoming Central Pennsylvania’s most trusted healthcare resource. As Centre County’s second largest employer and a key community asset, the campaign reminds people that great things are happening in the region— especially at Mount Nittany Health.

Last weekend Mount Nittany Health unveiled the latest addition to its “Great Things Happen Here” campaign, a new advertisement highlighting the recent phase two completion of our new emergency department (ED) facility. By promoting the new, enhanced ED facility, the ad provides another example of Mount Nittany Health’s dedication to making people healthier and becoming Central Pennsylvania’s most trusted healthcare resource.

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Mount Nittany Medical Center emergency department expansion completed
  ED entrance  

Mount Nittany Medical Center has completed Phase II of its newly renovated 56,000 square-foot emergency department, which is now fully open to the public.
Phase I of the new emergency department opened to the public in July of 2012. Phase II opened on April 23 of this year. Completing the emergency department in two phases allowed for continuous care of patients throughout the construction process.
“The emergency department is truly a community asset. Rather than just building a bigger facility to accommodate the growing number of emergency department patients in our area, we chose to build a better facility. Our new emergency department features an innovative design, new technologies and special amenities to offer the best care for our community,” said Theodore Ziff, MD, medical director of the emergency department.

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Time loss = brain loss: How to recognize and act on signs of a stroke quickly

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, Mount Nittany Health and HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital invite you to a special presentation on stroke from Pete Roy, MD, neurologist, Mount Nittany Physician Group. 

Time loss = brain loss: How to recognize and act on signs of a stroke quickly will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at Mount Nittany Medical Center's Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Entrance D, 1800 East Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803.

Registration and light refreshments will begin at 6:00 pm. The presentation followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Roy will follow at 6:30 pm.

There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is required by calling 814.234.6727.



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