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Centre County will be Lit Blue on November 14

In recognition of November 14 as World Diabetes Day, Mount Nittany Medical Center, and a number of buildings in the State College area, will be lit blue following the tradition of buildings that will light the sky world-wide to bring recognition to diabetes—a disease that affects 1 in 3 adult Americans.

Lighting the night sky blue along with Mount Nittany Medical Center will be: Centre County Courthouse, Bryce Jordan Center, Corner Room and Allen Street Grill, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, The Autoport, and Old Mud Church in Philipsburg. Residents can purchase blue lights at the Ace Hardware store to take part in the International World Diabetes Day.

Also, on November 14, a panel of experts will hold “A Conversation About Diabetes,” from 6-7:30 pm in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Entrance D, Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 East Park Avenue, State College. Parking is behind the Medical Center in Lot D.

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Look Even Better For Less!

Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery offers aesthetic, and non-surgical services to pamper and alleviate stress.

Board certified plastic surgeon Emily Peterson, MD, and licensed aesthetician Camille Brown will work with you to find the solution to your “problem areas” with the ultimate goal to make you feel better and more confident!

Services include:


  • Botox®
  • Juvederm®
  • Perlane®
  • Sculptra®
  • Restylane®


  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Tri-level peel
  • Microdermabrasion with dermaplaning
  • Chemical peels
  • Make-up lessons
  • Skin care consultations

$100 off Juvederm®, Perlane®, and Restylane® treatments and 25% off Botox® until 1/30/2012.

Call 814.231.7878 to make an appointment or schedule a consultation.

Please mention this offer at the time of the appointment to receive the discount.

Gift Certificates are also available.

For more information visit


Mount Nittany Physicians Accepting New Patients

Board-certified in internal medicine, Ralitsa Tsarnakova, MD, is accepting new patients at Mount Nittany Physician Group’s Park Avenue practice, which is located at 1850 Park Avenue in State College.

Board-certified in internal medicine, Michelle Zook, MD, is accepting new patients at Mount Nittany Physician Group’s Park Avenue practice, which is located at 1850 Park Avenue in State College.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tsarnakova or Dr. Zook, please call 814.234.8800, or visit


Same Day Surgery Best Option for Huntingdon Man
Jim Chambers

When Jim Chambers, a resident of Huntingdon, went to see orthopedic surgeon James S. Martin, MD, about his continual knee problems, he was expecting to hear that he needed a total knee replacement.

At age 61, the lateral movements his knee endured over many years of playing soccer, tennis, and skiing, had damaged the support structure of the knee causing continual pain. Compounding this was underlying damage from arthritis.

"Dr. Martin, from Martin & Suhey Orthopedics, State College, didn't think my knee arthritis was severe enough to proceed with knee replacement. After failing a period of non-operative treatment, he suggested that knee arthroscopy to clean the torn cartilage out of my knee was the next appropriate step to give me some relief and get me back to my active lifestyle. This procedure is done as an outpatient at the Mount Nittany Surgical Center in State College.

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Helping Dementia Patients Make Connections
Jeanne Mathis Halpin, RN

Sometimes it’s as simple as looking at a family photo, or watching an old sitcom, like I Love Lucy. For dementia patients, presenting with delirium, connection is the key, according to Jeanne Mathis Halpin, RN, and clinical supervisor on the medical/oncology floor.

To help patients make connections, nurses create individualized Adult Cognitive Education (ACE) boxes filled with items designed to help patients cope with the anxiety and confusion of delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD). Tactile stimulation of stuffed animals can offer comfort, old photographs can bring back memories, and spark interesting conversation, puzzles, and games can occupy the mind, and grooming items can provide a familiar ritual.

Halpin says that patients who normally have some level of confusion (dementia), may become extremely confused when they become ill (delirium). Delirium is an acute, reversible change in mental status that occurs in over 40% of persons with dementia. The goal of the ACE boxes is to manage this condition in order to help the patient.

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Mount Nittany Medical Center Helps High School Students Learn About Future Careers in Healthcare

“Talking with my grandmother, who is a nurse, influenced my decision to go into healthcare. Participating in the Clinical Observation class offered through State College Area High School’s Health Profession Program enabled me to get a firsthand look at the profession everyday at Mount Nittany Medical Center,” said Rebecca Domico, now a sophomore nursing student at The Pennsylvania State University. “The experience solidified my decision to become a nurse and realize the profession was perfect for me.”

To be considered for the Clinical Observation class, interested students at State College Area High School must meet the stated prerequisites – a 3.5 grade point average among them – and must undergo a rigorous application and interview process. After reviewing the candidates, the admission committee accepts 12 students each year.

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Are You at Risk for Diabetes or Do You Have Diabetes? Learn How the Mount Nittany Diabetes Network Can Help You
Rose Villarreal, MS, PA-C

Diabetes can affect anyone. Do you know if you are at risk? There are many risk factors: being 45 or older, being overweight (with a BMI of 25 or higher), having a family history of diabetes, or having high blood pressure, among others. A key component of diabetes prevention and management is knowing if you are at risk or already have diabetes.

Mount Nittany Diabetes Network, established by Mount Nittany Medical Center in 2010, is active in providing community members with the needed resources to prevent, or delay the onset of diabetes, promote the early diagnosis of the disease, and improve diabetes management and outcomes in the region.

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Mount Nittany Diabetes Network on Keystone Kitchen in November

Heather Harpster, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, and Rose Villarreal MS, PA-C, of Mount Nittany Diabetes Network, will be cooking up a luscious pumpkin parfait on WTAJ-TV 10’s Keystone Kitchen on November 11 during the morning news segment.


Pumpkin Parfait

Serves 2, 10 minute prep time


3/4 c. fresh pumpkin puree (substitute – canned pumpkin mixed with 1½ tsp milk and ¼ tsp vanilla extract), 1/4 tsp ground allspice, 2 tsp dark brown sugar (substitute – 1tsp Splenda brown sugar), 6 oz low-fat or non-fat Greek-style honey yogurt (substitute – low-fat or non-fat plain yogurt mixed with 1Tbsp honey), 1/8 c. chopped walnuts (substitute – pecans, granola, raisins or another topping of your choice)


In a small bowl, stir together pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar. In parfait glasses, or other small glasses or bowls, layer the yogurt and pumpkin mixture. Garnish with chopped walnuts on top.

Nutrition Information (using non-fat yogurt):

1 serving (6oz): 165calories, 17g carbohydrate, 1.5g fiber, 9.8g protein, 6.4g total fat, 0.8g saturated fat, 4g polyunsaturated fat, 1.6g monounsaturated fat


November Events

Parent Support Group for Children with Eating Disorders
Tuesday, Nov. 8

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:00 pm, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Classes help children and parents understand eating disorders. For more information, contact Kristie Kaufman, MD at 814.466.7921.

Diabetes Support Group
Thursday, Nov. 10

Group meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Mount Nittany Medical Center, Entrance E. For more information contact Certified Diabetes Educator Amy Leffard, RN, BSN, at 814.231.7095, or

Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 22

Each class will be held from 9:30 – noon at Mount Nittany Medical Center. For more information, call 814.231.7095 or email Amy Leffard, RN, BSN, CDE, at

Family Medicine Series
Thursday, Nov. 17

Presented by John Epling, MD, MSED, FAAFP, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Department of Public Health, and Preventive Medicine, SUNY – Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. The program objectives are to teach learners to list several clinical preventive services, recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; to discuss the strengths and limitations of the methodologies employed by the USPSTF and ACIP in making their recommendations; to discuss the impact of preventive disease and the barriers to delivery of clinical preventive services in family medicine and to discuss and appraise the USPSTF and ACIP prevention recommendation through provider friendly resources. Buffet dinner begins at 6:00 pm; presentation at 6:30 pm in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $25 for physicians; $15 for PAs, RNs, LPNs, or others. For a registration form, please contact Jessica Bird at, or call 814.234.6738. Community members may attend just the program at no charge.

To see all of November's events, visit /events.

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