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Mount Nittany Health announces Implementation Plan for Community Health Needs Assessment
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Mount Nittany Health is proud to announce publication of its Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan. The plan follows a comprehensive project to identify and address the community’s most pertinent health needs. Key components of the projected included:

  • A Health Needs Survey, which was completed by more than 1,000 community members
  • A Health Needs Summit, facilitated by the Centre County Partnership for Community Health and held February 25, 2012 at Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium
  • A post-summit luncheon series, facilitated by the Centre County Partnership for Community Health (each lunch focused on a major community health need presented at the summit)
  • Finalization and publication of the full Community Health Needs Assessment report
  • A Second Health Needs Summit, once again facilitated by the Centre County Partnership for Community Health, held November 18, 2013 at Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium

The implementation plan outlines six key priority areas identified through the project, the goals for each priority area and and the strategies by which these goals will be addressed. To read the report, visit



John Cox, MD, voted Best Physician Specialist by area residents
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John Cox, MD, pulmonary medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Congratulations to John Cox, MD, pulmonary medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group, for being voted as the Best Physician Specialist in the State College Magazine annual poll.

Each year, State College Magazine offers an online poll to determine the best restaurants, grocery stores, veterinarians, homebuilders and more. There are over 50 categories where community members can write-in their favorites.

Although the poll receives hundreds of responses, there are safeguards in place so that a single person can only vote one time.

This year was the first year that a Best Physician Specialist was included in the category list. According to Kate Delano, editor, State College Magazine, it was important to add this new category, because many people in the State College area have relationships with both a family physician and a specialist.

Dr. Cox has been practicing in the State College community for more than 20 years, specializing in allergy, clinical immunology, internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.



Holiday hours announced for select locations

To help you plan ahead, Mount Nittany Health would like to announce its modified schedule for the upcoming holiday season (at select locations).

Mount Nittany Health outpatient imaging services, outpatient laboratory services, and all Mount Nittany Physician Group locations will be closed the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 24**
  • Wednesday, December 25
  • Wednesday, January 1

**Note: The Breast Care Center at Park Avenue Imaging and imaging services at Mount Nittany Health Blue Course Drive will be open December 24. The Pain management Center at Mount Nittany Health Blue Course Drive will be partially open on December 24 (closing at noon).

All locations will resume regular holiday hours on Thursday, January 2, 2014.



Collaborative team effort brings comfort to Breast Care Center patients

Sometimes, small changes bring about huge rewards when it comes to patient satisfaction, and that’s exactly what happened when plush bathrobes were introduced as a part of one particular Mount Nittany Health procedure.

A collaborative team effort between radiology, patient access and service excellence has led to the purchase of 12 luxurious, white bathrobes with a pink ribbon and a Mount Nittany Health mammography decal.

These robes are offered to women who are completing two-part tests that begin at the Mount Nittany Health Breast Care Center and conclude at the Medical Center.

“For patients who are having a needle localization, their first stop is the Breast Care Center here at Park Avenue Imaging, where a needle or wire marker is inserted into the breast acting to mark a suspected mass,” said Kelly Barber, radiology supervisor, Mount Nittany Health Breast Care Center. “Once the marker is in place, we transport the patients to the Medical Center where they have the mass removed in surgery.”

Because the women are wearing hospital gowns and have to travel between the Breast Care Center and the hospital, bathrobes were suggested as a means of providing privacy and comfort for our patients.

“The patients are just so thankful,” said Beth Newman, director, patient access, Mount Nittany Medical Center. “The feedback we’ve received has been tremendous. We strive to make sure our patients are comfortable and dignified, and these bathrobes certainly help to achieve that goal.”



Fall featured diabetes awareness activities
Centre County Courthouse lit blue in honor of World Diabetes Day

On October 19, Mount Nittany Health’s Diabetes Network sponsored the first ever “Family Health Fall Fest” event, which was held in conjunction with Fit For Play Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation as well as other local organizations and Mount Nittany Health providers. The event featured fun hands-on activities (from Jazzercise and martial arts demonstrations to a giant inflatable heart exhibit) as well as free blood pressure screenings, blood sugar checks and flu shots.

The October event kicked off a series of other special activities in honor of November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14 being World Diabetes Day. These included:

  • The first #bluelight social media contest on
  • Special cooking demonstration by Jane Jantzer-Wilson featured at the monthly free diabetes support group held at the Centre Region Senior Center
  • Guest speaker Roger Baird, a specially trained member of the A1C Champions Program, presenting at the free monthly diabetes support group held at Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • The Centre County Commissioners unanimously adopting November 14 as World Diabetes Day
  • The Autoport, Bryce Jordan Center, Centre County Courthouse (pictured), Hotel State College, Hoss’s, Mount Nittany Medical Center, and others being lit blue for World Diabetes Day
  • Interviews with Mount Nittany Health diabetes experts on the radio, television and in the newspaper throughout November

For more diabetes education and event information, please visit



Women's Resource Center offers tips on domestic violence during the holidays
Written by Jody Althouse, director of outreach and education, Centre County Women's Resource Center

Domestic violence tends to spike during the holidays for a number of factors, including increased financial pressures, alcohol and drug consumption, family pressures and conflict, and contact with the abuser who may be on vacation for the hoiday season.

Given that domestic violence does not just affect the immediate victim but also their friends and extended family during this time of the year, I would like to offer tips for victims and survivors of abuse, as well as friends and family members who want to help.

For victims/survivors of domestic violence:

  • Put the right numbers on speed-dial. If you have a mobile phone, make sure to put the following numbers on speed-dial in your address book:
    • The national domestic violence helpline: 1.800.799.7233 , TTY 1.800.787.3224
    • The local domestic violence shelter helpline wherever you will be spending Christmas
    • The local police helpline number
    • The number of a close friend, co-worker or family member who can be on standby to get you out of the situation or act as witness
    • For those who fear that their phone may be taken away from them, memorize all important numbers so, if need be, you can call from another phone.
  • Have a ‘safe’ word/phrase. In violent or emergency situations, you may not be able to text or say much. Have an agreed ‘safe’ word or phrase with your close friend/co-worker or family member who agrees to have their phone on standby to receive any emergency calls/texts. Keep it short and simple.
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Courtney Sneath, RN, named director of quality for Mount Nittany Medical Center
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Courtney Sneath, RN, director of quality, Mount Nittany Medical Center

As part of its mission to make people healthier, Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Courtney Sneath, RN, to the position of director of quality for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Sneath began her career in performance improvement in 2006 as the first full-time performance improvement nurse for the Medical Center. In that role, she accomplished numerous achievements, including implementing the “LEAN” performance improvement methodology, facilitating evidence-based orders set development, training staff in patient safety and communication concepts, and overseeing and developing processes to improve performance on key clinical quality measures. She has worked to ensure adherence to The Joint Commission standards as well as regulatory requirements. Sneath facilitates the quality metrics for multiple Medical Center quality initiatives, including improving care for patients with sepsis, stroke, and heart failure. 

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Donate coats to children in need
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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 mid January 2014:

  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, 100 Radnor Road, Suite 101, State College
  • Mount Nittany Health – Park Avenue, 1850 E. Park Avenue, Suite 201, State College
  • Mount Nittany Health – Park Avenue, 1850 E. Park Avenue, Suite 302, State College
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group OB/GYN, 1850 E. Park Avenue, Suite 301, State College
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Save a life this holiday season
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This holiday season, give something that means something: the gift of life. You can save up to three lives by donating blood.

Sign up for the following American Red Cross blood drive at Mount Nittany Medical Center from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in conference rooms 1, 2 and 3, ground floor:

  • Friday, December 27 - Each blood donor will receive a coupon for a free pound of coffee from Dunkin Donuts while supplies last.

To make an appointment, please call 1.800.Red.Cross. You can also visit and click "make a blood donation appointment."



Mount Nittany Physician Group announces Toys for Tots drive
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This holiday season, Mount Nittany Physician Group is hosting a Toys for Tots toy drive. Collections for toys have begun and will end on Friday, December 13. Drop-off boxes are available inside the following Mount Nittany Physician Group locations, and are accessible during normal business hours:

Local children will benefit from donations of new toys. Please remember that toy donations should be:

  • New (unopened)
  • Not gift wrapped
  • For children of all ages (0-16 years)
Another way to give back
In addition to the toy drive, Toys for Tots invites the community to “give back” this holiday season by donating their time to help wrap toys collected locally through the drive. For more information, download the flyer. Since 1947, the Marine Corps Reserve has annually sponsored the Toys for Tots program throughout the United States. To date, more than 100 million children have benefited from the program. To learn more, visit


STOP senior hunger food drive

At least one in nine seniors is at risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food. To help our local seniors, Comfort Keepers of State College is sponsoring the STOP senior hunger food drive.

Mount Nittany Medical Center will participate by hosting a collection bin, located just inside the Medical Center’s Main Entrance. All are encouraged to donate non-perishable products. Collections will be sent to local food banks in Centre County.

For more information, please call 814.861.1600 or email



New cosmetic services offered at Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery

Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery is now offering new cosmetic services at their office on Radnor Road.

Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Emily Peterson, MD, the Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery office now offers intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser services to treat a wide variety of common skin conditions.

This breakthrough system can provide permanent hair reduction, skin rejuvenation, and the treatment of age spots, brown spots, facial spider veins, small red moles, blemishes, wrinkles, and more.

Both IPL and laser services are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients typically feel minimal discomfort from the procedures. Depending on the type of condition being treated, the appointment may only take a few minutes, and some conditions require as few as two or three treatments to see noticeable results.

For more information, please visit or call 814.231.7878.



Start the giving season with a little gift for you
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Let your skin sparkle this holiday season with our free winter skin consultation. Our professional aesthetician, Jeanine Pohlhaus, will provide a detailed assessment on your skin and recommend a personal skin care program to suit your needs. You’ll also receive a 15 percent off coupon to use on any non-surgical treatment, including injectibles (Botox®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane® and Dysport®) as well as aesthetic services or any of our high-quality skincare or cosmetic products.

Book your non-surgical treatment with Dr. Emily Peterson for November or December and get a $50 gift certificate to put toward your next visit! Use the gift certificate on any non-surgical treatment, including injectibles (Botox®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane® and Dysport®), aesthetic services, or any of our high-quality skincare or cosmetic products.

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Upcoming Events

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

December 11, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group

December 12, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Diabetes Support Group

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