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Jessica Shuman, MD, joins Mount Nittany Physician Group OB/GYN
  Jessica Shuman  
Jessica Shuman, MD, ob/gyn, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Shuman, MD, to Mount Nittany Physician Group OB/GYN.

Dr. Shuman received a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. and obtained her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. She underwent internship training at UC San Diego Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa.

Trained in performing robotically assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, Dr. Shuman joins four other Mount Nittany Physician Group OB/GYN physicians who are specialized in using the surgical system for many gynecologic procedures. Mount Nittany Medical Center is the only facility in an 80-mile radius to offer robotically assisted surgery, which offers several potential patient benefits, including less scarring, less pain and faster recovery times.

Mount Nittany Physician Group OB/GYN is located at 1850 East Park Avenue, Suite 301, State College. To schedule an appointment, call 814.237.3470.



Outpatient services available at new Mount Nittany Health – Blue Course Drive facility
  Blue Course Drive  
Mount Nittany Health - Blue Course Drive facility

Mount Nittany Health is now offering imaging, laboratory and pain management services at its new Mount Nittany Health – Blue Course Drive facility.

With several healthcare services available under one roof, this new facility offers coordinated care in a comfortable setting and room to expand.

“Convenience is very important to patients, and this new facility offers just that to those needing our services,” explained Jay Hoover, RN, administrative director, Pain Management Center.

Some of the new features and advantages of the facility include the latest technology in imaging services, several blood draw stations, and a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing environment. In addition, the facility boasts a large parking area with public bus service provided to improve convenience and access. The Mount Nittany Health Pain Management Center, formerly located at 911 University Drive, offers two procedure rooms, large exam rooms and improved patient confidentiality within its registration area.

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Innovative summit seeks to improve care transitions
  Care Summit  

“Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right setting”—a simple but compelling theme that brought nearly seventy representatives from various non-acute care facilities to Mount Nittany Medical Center on July 31.

These individuals gathered for Mount Nittany Health’s first “Care Transitions Summit,” a unique forum meant to foster dialogue and create plans for improving coordination of care for patients as they transition across different care settings, from primary care offices to skilled nursing facilities.

“Delivering high-quality, patient-centered care requires crucial contributions from every part of the care continuum, including and especially those involved in transitioning patients among different care settings,” said Gail A. Miller, RN, MS, CPHQ, vice president for quality.

According to Jacqueline Hahn, director of case management, inpatient nurse administrative coordinator and presenter at the summit, a key area for improvement is reducing avoidable hospital readmissions, especially within thirty days of discharge. 

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23rd Annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic to be held on August 17
  Golf ball and Golf Clubs  

Community members can have a fun afternoon of golf and, in turn, help advance healthcare in the region by participating in the 23rd Annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic to be held on Saturday, August 17, at Penn State Golf Courses. All proceeds of this year’s Golf Classic will support the Medical Center’s Bronchial Thermoplasty program, a new technology for treating patients with severe asthma.

Registration for the Golf Classic begins at 9:30 am and a shotgun start is at 11:00 am. The tournament will be played in a scramble format.

There are still volunteer, sponsorship and golfer opportunities available. One registered golfer will be chosen at random to win the grand prize of a Chevrolet Cobalt car or $10,000 cash prize – winner’s choice. Team prizes for each flight will be awarded to the 16 winning teams placing 1-4 in both net and gross scores on the Blue and White courses. Prizes will be awarded for each course for the longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt. The event will also feature a Closest to the Pin contest, with the top nine closest to the pin winners participating in a shootout from 100 yards after the tournament for a cash prize of $200.

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New Health Career Exploration program accepting applications

High school juniors and seniors as well as college students are invited to "explore" the healthcare field with a new learning opportunity at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The Health Career Exploration program, which will be held Friday, October 4, 2013 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, will allow students to observe the pathway patients may follow based on their medical condition.

Healthcare personnel will be prepared to talk about their department and the healthcare patients receive within that particular department. In addition, health career options available in various departments along with career preparation and training (education) requirements will be discussed.

Anyone interested in the program should visit to apply online or call 814.231.7174 for more information. Applications are due by September 15, 2013.



Stacy Merrow, PA-C, joins Mount Nittany Health’s Center for Wound Care
  Stacy Merrow  
Stacy Merrow, PA-C, Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Stacy Merrow, PA-C, to Mount Nittany Health’s Center for Wound Care.

Merrow received her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, with certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Previously employed at Clearfield Hospital, Merrow evaluated and treated patients under the supervision of emergency department physicians, handled scheduling for PAs in the emergency department, and assisted in the development of a fast track department for the hospital.

Merrow is actively involved in physician assistant education, serving as preceptor for physician assistant students for 10 years.

Located at 120 Radnor Road, Suite 100 in State College, Mount Nittany Health’s Center for Wound Care recently received two awards for outstanding care: the Center of Distinction Award by Healogics, Inc., and the Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence award. To schedule an appointment, call 814.231.7868 or visit for more information on wound services offered at Mount Nittany Health.



Life with Diabetes class series scheduled this fall

Join members of Mount Nittany Health's diabetes team for an important class series aimed to teach you and your loved ones how to live with and manage your diabetes.

Mount Nittany Medical Center's "Life with Diabetes" program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management education, and is intended for individuals with diabetes, pre-diabetes or those at risk of getting diabetes.

Two separate sessions are scheduled this fall:

  • Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 East Park Avenue, State College
  • Mondays, November 4 and 18, from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Mount Nittany Health Diabetes Network, 120 Radnor Road, State College

The cost to attend the Life with Diabetes class series is $40, which is due on the first day of class. A friend or family member may come with you at no extra charge.

Pre-registration is required by contacting Heather Harpster at 814.231.7194 or Class size is limited so register early.

For more information, download the brochure.



Walk with Mount Nittany Health at the Grange Fair

Join Mount Nittany Health for our fourth annual Health Walk at the Grange Fair, which kicks off at 9:00 am on August 23 at the grandstand.

In addition, walkers and all visitors can stop by Mount Nittany Health's booth at site 29 in building 12 near the grandstand Monday through Friday, from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday through Sunday, from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm to meet healthcare providers and receive valuable health information.

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Lee Ann Tripp, MA, named marketing manager for Mount Nittany Health
  Lee Ann Tripp  
Lee Ann Tripp, MA, manager, marketing and communications, Mount Nittany Health

As part of its mission to make people healthier, Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Ann Tripp, MA, to the position of manager, marketing and communications, for the health system.

Tripp obtained a Master of Arts in professional writing and editing from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She began her career at Mount Nittany Health as a communications coordinator in February 2012, accomplishing numerous achievements, such as Mount Nittany Health’s Employee of the Month for April 2013.

Tripp previously served as strategic and creative communications coordinator at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa., implementing various marketing efforts to support the strategic goals and brand of the Medical Center.

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Latest addition to “Great Things Happen Here” campaign
  GTHH EDU ad  

Mount Nittany Health has launched the latest addition to its “Great Things Happen Here” campaign— a new advertisement highlighting our heath and wellness programs, services, and special events.

By highlighting these crucial community resources, which are made possible by the efforts of healthcare leaders like Anthony Cardell, MD, executive director and chief medical officer for Mount Nittany Physician Group, and Kristie L. Kaufman, MD, pediatric physician, the latest ad (pictured) provides yet another example of Mount Nittany Health’s dedication to making people healthier and becoming Central Pennsylvania’s most trusted healthcare resource.

We hope you will join us in proudly celebrating all the great things happening here at Mount Nittany Health and in Central Pennsylvania. Please share your story about Great Things Happening Here in our region and at Mount Nittany Health by emailing



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