At the heart of Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center is our team of exceptional, caring employees who demonstrate superior patient service every day.

Our staff is here to take care of you from the moment you make the decision to undergo same-day surgery at Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center. Our goal is to provide a caring surgical environment with the highest professional standards to make your same-day surgery experience as comfortable and worry-free as possible.

We do our best to make your time with us as comfortable and pleasant as possible by providing great healthcare in a relaxed, cheerful and friendly atmosphere. Our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide plenty of information and reassurance about our procedures.

The surgical team prepares for an operation.


All of our more than 60 skilled surgeons are board certified in their specialty and have exceptional credentials and experience in their fields.

Using the latest technology and techniques, our physicians provide patients with the most advanced—and least invasive—same-day surgeries and procedures. From advanced arthroscopic surgeries that reduce trauma to muscles and joints to leading ophthalmic technology that emulsifies and repairs the ocular lens through ultrasonic vibrations, our highly trained, talented surgeons offer patients a wide range of surgical solutions.

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The Surgical Center is managed by healthcare professionals who maintain a patient focus at all times.

Surgical Support Team

The nurses and support staff at the Surgical Center are committed to providing a safe, comfortable and friendly environment for patients and caregivers alike.

Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center employs both full-time and part-time registered nurses (RNs), all of whom are certified in basic life support. Many nurses are also trained in advanced certified life support, and several are certified in pediatric advanced life support. All surgical technicians are certified in basic life support.

Nurses at the Surgical Center are hired specifically for their experience in the area in which they will serve patients. Their varied backgrounds—including intensive care, recovery room (PACU), intravenous (IV) therapy and operating room nursing—make them well qualified to care for adults and children undergoing outpatient surgery.

Janet Schachtner, RN, MSN
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services
Phone: 814.231.7000

Barb Kuzio, RN
Director, Nursing, Mount Nittany Surgical Center
Phone: 814.234.6750