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A new treatment for severe asthma offered at Mount Nittany Medical Center
  Bronchial thermoplasty  

Imagine having severe shortness of breath from asthma, and no amount of medications and inhalants provide help. Now imagine that a new treatment becomes available that opens up the bronchial tubes, and for the first time in months, even years, you can breathe much better than before.

Bronchial thermoplasty is a new technology offered at Mount Nittany Medical Center, and it offers the hope of improved breathing for people with persistent asthma, according to John Cox, MD, pulmonary medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group.

“Although the percentage of people who can benefit from this procedure is small—from three to five percent—the results for those people are great, and also, the amount of resources that it takes to treat people with persistent and severe asthma is also great, so there is a cost benefit as well,” said Dr. Cox.

Bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure accomplished in three separate visits to the Medical Center’s ambulatory care unit. Performed under anesthesia, the process involves a lighted catheter applying heat to the airway smooth muscle (ASM) in the bronchial tubes, thus reducing the amount of excess ASM.

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Mount Nittany Physician Group presents heart health event for men
  Jeffery Gilbert  
Jeffery Gilbert, DO, cardiology, Mount Nittany Physician Group

What are the games that men play with their heart? Maybe one is the game of denial. Denying that they are indeed at risk for heart disease because of some or all of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Mount Nittany Physician Group will present a community event at no cost, Stop Playing Games with Your Heart: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor, on June 11 at 6:30 pm, at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium inside Mount Nittany Medical Center. The free community wellness event, led by Jeffery Gilbert, DO, cardiology, Mount Nittany Physician Group, will address the signs and symptoms of heart disease and how to control certain factors to reduce your risk of developing heart-related issues.

“We want men to take their health seriously and address those issues that put them at risk for heart disease. At least half of Americans have at least one of these risk factors,” said Dr. Gilbert.

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Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care receives two awards for outstanding care
  Wound care photo  
Left to right: Matt McClellan, patient registration; Teresa Krepps, secretary; Kileen Stahl, LPN; Jessica Newlen, RN, clinical supervisor; Tina Henry, HBO tech; Valerie Shipley, RN; Mark Shaw, DO, FACEP, medical director, Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care; Gregory Cook, MD, wound care and hyperbaric medicine; Maria Dawson, MHA, administrative director; Janet Schachtner, RN, MSN, senior vice president, patient care services; Linda Kuhlman, RN, MSN, NE-BC, vice president, professional and clinical services. Kneeling left to right: Rhonda Mansberger, RN; Deb Bowers, RN and Kellie Moore, RN.

Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care recently received the Center of Distinction Award by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. This year marks the fourth consecutive year that the Center for Wound Care has achieved this honor based on outstanding patient outcomes, and a patient satisfaction rating of 98 percent.

Additionally, the Center for Wound Care was recognized for meeting quality standards through the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award.

Healogics has a network of more than 500 centers throughout the U.S. Only 12 centers have been honored with the Center of Distinction Award, according to Teresa Wilson, area vice president for Healogics.

Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care has a healing rate of 95 percent and the median day to heal is 22 days. More than 700 patients in the community were provided specialized treatment for chronic and non-healing wounds last year, often preventing amputations and helping patients return to active lives.

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Causes and prevention of skin cancer
Written by David Shupp, MD
  David Shupp  
David Shupp, MD

Skin cancer occurs more often than all other types of cancer combined. There are three common types of skin cancer. The most common type is basal cell carcinoma and will be diagnosed in Americans two to three million times in 2013. The second is squamous cell carcinoma and will occur 250,000 to 500,000 times in this country this year. The least common but most serious type of skin cancer is malignant melanoma. Approximately 80,000 new cases will be identified in the United States in 2013, resulting in around 9,000 deaths.

No doubt these are alarming statistics, but skin cancer is preventable. The overwhelming majority of all types of skin cancer are caused by ultraviolet radiation (UVR). UVR produces invisible rays emitted by the sun and tanning beds. UVR has been proven to be as carcinogenic (cancer producing) as cigarette smoke and nuclear radiation.

Detection of skin cancer starts with having some idea of what to look for on your skin. This includes watching for a new red or pearly spot (especially on scalp, face, ears, neck and hands) that does not heal or go away and may bleed or be tender to the touch.

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Diabetes videos now part of online library

Mount Nittany Health’s diabetes team has a new addition to their helpful online resources for people with diabetes – informational videos.

Visit to learn more about diabetes and heart disease, basic skills for controlling diabetes, how to carbohydrate count, and pre-diabetes.

For more information on diabetes, check out their online patient library.



CCPCH Brown Bag Series - Talking About Healthy Aging
Written by Jane Taylor, director, Centre County Office of Aging
  brown bag  

On June 12, the Centre County Partnership for Community Health will hold a Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of healthy aging. What a great opportunity for the community to come to the table to discuss the role each of us plays in supporting the goal of healthy aging!

Some questions we might address include: How do we plan for needs as we age as opposed to making a rushed decision? How do we encourage and support positive changes for individuals that will have an effect on their health and well-being? How can our community support those changes?

Under the auspices of the state’s department of aging and its aging services network, over 930,000 older Pennsylvanians receive lottery-funded and other services through commonwealth-supported programs.

Yet the PA Department of Aging recognizes that it has more to do. The major themes in the State Plan on Aging include timely access to services, choice of services, and improving health outcomes.

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Historic cancer study holds enrollment at Mount Nittany Medical Center
  CPS 3  

This week, Mount Nittany Medical Center was one of five sites locally to enroll people in a historic cancer study. Eighty-six people were enrolled at the Medical Center between 11:30 am and 4:30 pm on June 5, 2013. The total number of participants for the region was 332.

Below is a list of enrollment sites and the number of participants at each site:

  • Relay For Life of Bellefonte - 75
  • AccuWeather, Inc. - 43
  • Moshannon Valley YMCA - 20
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center - 86
  • JC Blair Memorial Hospital - 108

The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program has invited men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join the CPS-3 study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the US.

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New cohort of Penn State College of Medicine students arrive at Mount Nittany Medical Center
  PSU Hershey College of Med  

Seven new third-year Penn State College of Medicine students will join the University Park Regional Campus this summer, beginning with orientation on June 28. These students will work with local Penn State Hershey faculty, Mount Nittany Physician Group and other community providers, in a variety of specialties. Core clinical rotations for the students include family medicine, primary care, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, OB/GYN, pediatrics, and surgery.

Information provided by Lauren Lubus, MHA, strategic services specialist, University Park Regional Campus of Penn State, College of Medicine.



Celebrate Spring with a new look!

Make every day special by treating yourself to a new look and be seen at your best with friends, family, and co-workers. Emily Peterson, MD, plastic surgeon, performs many cosmetic enhancements while licensed aesthetician Camille Brown enhances your look through advanced skincare treatments, waxing and makeup artistry.

Free Gift with Purchase
Book your non-surgical treatment with Dr. Emily Peterson or aesthetic service with Camille Brown and get a cosmetic bag filled with samples and a 15 percent off coupon to use on your next visit.

Use the discount on any non-surgical treatment, including Botox® and other injectibles, aesthetic services with Camille Brown, or any of our high-quality skincare or cosmetic products.

Limit one gift per guest. Minimum $50 purchase. Coupon not redeemable on Sculptra Aesthetic. Offer valid March 1 through June 14, 2013.

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Upcoming Events

June 12, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Diabetes Support Group - Senior Center

June 13, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Diabetes Support Group

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