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Mount Nittany Medical Center welcomes its first baby of the year
Tate Andrew Rice

Mark Rice and Amy Domanick-Rice are the proud parents of Tate Andrew Rice, Mount Nittany Medical Center’s first baby of 2014.

Tate was born at 2:03 am on January 1, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long.

Mount Nittany Health congratulated the family with gift cards to Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Café and Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, as well as baby items donated by Bon-Ton.



Pediatrics office in Bellefonte moves to remodeled, kid-friendly office
  Peds office  
Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics at 129 Medical Park Lane in Bellefonte

Children walking into the new Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics office in Bellefonte may never want to leave.

A newly remodeled pediatrics office, recently relocated from 141 Medical Park Lane to 129 Medical Park Lane, is bursting with every color of the rainbow. Containing kid-friendly features and a cheery atmosphere, the new pediatrics practice may look more like a playground than a medical office.

Features of the new facility include:

  • Eight spacious examination rooms
  • Centralized nurses station
  • Expanded waiting room
  • Combined registration/check-out area
  • Physician work area
  • Staff lounge
  • Ample parking

The new facility even features a children’s play area with a table and chairs, books, and a television with educational programming for those waiting to see a provider.

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Stay safe, healthy during unusually cold weather
Written by Lester Griel, CRNP, internal medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group
  Lester Griel  
Lester Griel, CRNP, internal medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group

With temperatures forecasted in the single digits and wind-chill factors well below zero, it’s important to take a few extra minutes to prepare for this abnormally cold weather.

To begin, dressing in layers is especially crucial. Minimize time spent outdoors, but if you must go outside, make certain that all exposed skin is covered. In addition to multiple layers, a warm hat, gloves, winter coat, scarf and boots are key.

Severe cold and strong winds are of particular concern to young children and the elderly population, as these age groups are more susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite may occur to tissue or skin when blood circulation is limited to certain body parts such as fingers, toes, nose and ears due to excessively cold weather. Hypothermia may occur when one’s overall body temperature decreases to the point necessary for adequate blood flow and body function. Signs of hypothermia include excessive shivering, lack of coordination, slurred speech, confusion, drowsiness, weak pulse, shallow breathing and lack of concern about the cold.

Pets are also of concern during these frigid temperatures. When taking dogs outdoors, a vest or coat is important as well as boots to cover their paws. During especially cold days, consider bringing outside pets indoors. Also remember not to leave pets unattended in vehicles.

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Lynne Gonzalez, RN, MSN, CRNP, joins Mount Nittany Physician Group’s Neurology practice
  Lynne Gonzalez  
Lynne Gonzalez, RN, MSN, CRNP, neurology, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Lynne Gonzalez, RN, MSN, CRNP, to Mount Nittany Physician Group Neurology.

Gonzalez obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa., and a Master of Science in Nursing, Adult Nurse Practitioner, from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa.

A member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Gonzalez was previously employed at Wexford Prison Health Service – SCI Smithfield in Huntingdon, Pa.

Mount Nittany Physician Group Neurology is located inside the Sieg Neuroscience Center at 2121 Old Gatesburg Road, Suite 100, State College. To schedule an appointment, call 814.231.6868 or visit for more information on neurology services offered at Mount Nittany Physician Group.



Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics improves quality through voluntary project
  Peds quality  
Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics team

In January 2013, providers in the Mount Nittany Physician Group pediatrics practice began a voluntary project through Highmark’s Quality Blue program to provide efficient, high quality healthcare.

To qualify to participate in the Highmark Quality Blue project, a minimum of 25 primary care providers from Mount Nittany Physician Group needed to have met specific meaningful use requirements. 

Meaningful use is a set of guidelines set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that oversees and certifies the use of electronic medical records in healthcare facilities.

Having met the requirements, ten pediatrics providers accepted the challenge of representing Mount Nittany Physician Group in the Highmark project. Their challenge was to improve the delivery of care by meeting certain quality measures from two distinct categories.

“This project was a major undertaking for our providers,” said Rian Roan, revenue cycle training and systems specialist/quality systems assistant, Mount Nittany Physician Group. “Not only did we increase the quality of care we’re delivering to our pediatric patients, but we enhanced our workflow processes, and that will continue even after the project period ends.”

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Local foundation donates to Children’s Advocacy Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center recently received a generous grant from the Louis E. Silvi Foundation for child-focused technology enhancements to the center.

Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, located at 129 Medical Park Lane, Bellefonte, and operated by Mount Nittany Health, is thrilled with the outpouring of community support the center has received.

"The Children's Advocacy Center is very privileged to have received such a generous grant from the Louis E. Silvi Foundation. With this grant, we are able to enhance the forensic interviewing process, ensuring that it's child-friendly and completely focused on the child's comfort," said Taylor-Porter.

Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase LCD projectors for each interview room. The projectors will turn the white boards in the rooms into a “smart board” that can capture the illustrations that the child may be drawing on the board. The images can then be printed and entered as additional evidence in the case, especially if they relate to his or her abuse or neglect. Additionally, the projector can also record any of the notes taken by the interviewer.

“This highly advanced technology will allow our interviewers to be interactive with the child, which can be essential in creating a safe and friendly atmosphere for those who have suffered abuse or neglect,” said Taylor-Porter.

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Upcoming Life with Diabetes class series

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 spring:

  • Mondays, February 10 and 24, from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Mount Nittany Health Diabetes Network, 120 Radnor Road, State College
  • Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 East Park Avenue, State College

Instructors include registered dietitians, physical therapists and diabetes educators, who will discuss ways you can:

  • Improve eating habits
  • Promote weight loss
  • Make lifestyle changes
  • Adapt an exercise program
  • Self monitor blood glucose
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Medical Center continues to focus on CLABSI prevention

41 months is the equivalent of 1,248 days, and can certainly be considered a long time. That’s how long Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has gone without a central line associated blood-stream infection, and that’s something to celebrate.

A central line associated blood-stream infection, referenced by the acronym CLABSI, is a confirmed infection in the blood stream that stems from the insertion of a central line, and can be highly deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 41,000 patients contract CLABSIs every year in hospitals.

So how has Mount Nittany Medical Center achieved such success? In 2010, the Medical Center participated in “On the CUSP: Stop BSI,” a national initiative to eliminate healthcare-associated infections—with a focus on CLABSI prevention—through use of a Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP).

The overarching goal of CUSP projects is creating efficiencies and a culture of safety within a healthcare organization. One of the biggest and arguably well-known healthcare-associated infections is the blood stream infection, hence the Medical Center choosing to take on the CLABSI project.

Through the CUSP/CLABSI project, Medical Center employees began focusing on ways to control blood stream infections in the ICU caused by central lines. A central line is a long flexible tube that is inserted into a main vein through the arm, neck, chest, or in rare cases the groin, to provide the patient with fluids, medication, nutrition, or blood products.

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Mount Nittany Medical Center honors staff members for outstanding performance
  Patient care awards 2013  
Top row, left to right: Amy Jo Brown, RN; Wayne Thompson, MS, senior vice president and chief information officer; John Rossi, PharmD, director of pharmacy. Bottom row, left to right: Barbara DeVinney-Mills, CPMSM, program coordinator, Penn State Hershey Family Residency Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center; Steve Smith, PA-C, pulmonary medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group
The medical staff at Mount Nittany Medical Center presented the fourth annual Patient C.A.R.E. Awards and the Allied Health Professional Excellence Award to non-physician staff members nominated by physicians for their outstanding performance and commitment to making people healthier.
The Patient C.A.R.E. Awards honor excellence in patient care and services in four categories: Clinical, Administration, Research and Education.
Clinical: Amy Jo Brown, RN
Administration: Wayne Thompson, MS, senior vice president and chief information officer
Research: John Rossi, PharmD, director of pharmacy
Education: Barbara DeVinney-Mills, CPMSM, program coordinator, Penn State Hershey Family Residency Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center
The Allied Health Professional Excellence Award honors an allied health staff member who upholds the standards of clinical care through excellence, service, citizenship and innovation. This year’s recipient is Steve Smith, PA-C, pulmonary medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group.


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January 8, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Diabetes Support Group - Senior Center

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

January 9, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Diabetes Support Group

January 12, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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