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Paz reports on highlights of Medical Center’s fiscal year

Highlights from across all four parts of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s mission were at the center of this week’s annual public board of directors meeting. Dr. Harold L. Paz, CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine, addressed faculty, staff and community members. Paz discussed how new and expanded collaborations, growth in its clinical and research missions, and the presence of the first group of medical students in State College were all part of a successful 2011-12 fiscal year.

Read more about Dr. Paz’s presentation in this article >>

The presentation also included the following videos, each highlighting a key story from the past year:

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September 14, 2012 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Collaborating to make central Pennsylvania healthier

Community Health Needs Assessment Report - September 2012A new report evaluates the state of healthcare in central Pennsylvania – and lays the groundwork for efforts to make the region’s residents healthier. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center collaborated on the community health needs assessment with Holy Spirit Health System and PinnacleHealth System.

The assessment was compiled using interviews, surveys, data analysis and other methodologies. It was conducted by Tripp Umbach, a national leader in conducting health studies and assessments. Penn State Hershey, Holy Spirit and PinnacleHealth will now use the information gathered to develop individual plans to best address their community’s health needs and improve the overall health and well-being of residents of Central Pennsylvania. The findings show that there is a need for additional information and services that promote healthy lifestyles and make health education and healthcare easier to access.

Read more about the community health needs assessment:  Executive summary | Full report

September 11, 2012 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

The best of both worlds: James Powell, M.D., combines his love of teaching and pediatrics

Photo of alumni group

(L-R) Fred Michel, M.D., ’71, chief medical officer, Medical Group, James Powell, M.D., ’92, winner of the Cheston Berlin Service Award, and Cheston Berlin, Jr., M.D., professor of pediatrics and pharmacology.

While growing up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, James Powell M.D., ’92, knew he wanted to be a doctor from an early age. His experience with his own childhood pediatrician, Robert Childs, M.D. (also an alumnus of the College of Medicine as he completed his residency in 1975), was another deciding factor for Powell.

As an undergraduate and a College of Medicine student, Powell had the opportunity to shadow Childs and James Caggiano, M.D., ’77, at their Hazleton pediatric practice when he was home on weekends. This experience, along with the wisdom of his College of Medicine advisor, Cheston Berlin Jr., M.D., was influential in Powell’s decision to study pediatrics.

Powell received his undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology from Penn State. Unsure of a specialty when he started at the College of Medicine, it was this background that ultimately led him to choose pediatric hematology/oncology.

He completed his pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, followed by a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in pediatric hematology/oncology.

In 2003, he returned to the Medical Center to work in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. During that time, Powell was instrumental in starting a sickle cell disease clinic. He also spent time working with several satellite clinics, including Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

He served on the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council from 2004-2010 and the College of Medicine Alumni Society Board of Directors from 2005-2010, which was a way for him to give back and stay connected.

“It’s important for me to give back to the school that helped me get where I am today,” Powell said. “I’m glad I chose Penn State for both degrees since I received an outstanding education.” (more…)

August 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

A journey to Vietnam and back

Dr. Tim Craig with caregivers and a patient

Dr. Tim Craig with caregivers and a patient during a trip to Vietnam.

If you are planning a trip to a small country of more than 90 million people that’s rich in culture and traditions, you can imagine the kind of travel itinerary you’d keep. For Timothy J. Craig, D.O., professor of medicine and pediatrics, that itinerary looked quite different. Craig recently completed an eighteen-month fellowship in Vietnam where he spent time at a few different hospitals providing clinical, educational, and research support to help improve their overall quality of care.

Craig’s fellowship was part of the Vietnam Education Foundation federal grant, which supports educational exchange. “It was an incredible experience. When you go over once as a tourist, you don’t meet a lot of people,” describes Craig. “When you go six or seven times, you start to know the people and get invited into their homes and to their weddings.”

Originally, Craig had planned to work at the Lung Hospital in Hanoi to develop a protocol to determine adverse effects to drugs used for tuberculosis (TB). Then, his work led him to the Allergy Center in Hanoi. “There, I did some quality assurance programs. I retrained them on how to do their skin tests and went through some different ways to perform pulmonary function tests,” says Craig. He then travelled south to Ho Chi Minh City, where he worked with the ENT Hospital. There he taught staff how to do various allergy tests and how to incorporate that into their practice. “At this hospital, I saw that they hadn’t had the opportunity to determine what people were allergic to, so I helped them set up a holistic allergy clinic,” said Craig.

One of the things he continually emphasized in his training was quality assurance. It was during this retraining process that he realized they were not changing the filters on the machines they use to conduct breathing tests. “Unfortunately, in a country that has a high rate of TB, you want to change those filters each time, because someone can re-inhale a deposit left from someone else,” explains Craig.


July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Today’s Research – Medical center-based farmers markets improve health

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are actively working in Hershey, with colleagues at Penn State, University Park and other Penn State campuses, and with colleagues at various institutions across the country to conduct groundbreaking research. Their discoveries continue to contribute to the advancement of health care on all levels.

Farmers market illustrationFarmers markets at medical centers may contribute to greater wellness in surrounding communities while adding public health value to a market’s mission, say College of Medicine researchers who have developed and evaluated a market created at the Medical Center.

“Farmers markets are serving public health by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, revitalizing neighborhoods, strengthening local economies, and empowering community members to learn more about the items they buy,” said Daniel George, Ph.D., M.Sc., assistant professor, Department of Humanities.


July 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

Into the Future – Memories & Milestones

Part 19 – Into the Future

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center continues to be forward-thinking in the commitment to enhance the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.

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>> View all 19 segments of “Memories & Milestones” on the Penn State Hershey website.

May 15, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Continuing the Legacy – Memories & Milestones

Part 18 – Continuing the Legacy

Milton S. Hershey’s legacy and vision carries on through the continuing work of the Medical Center and College of Medicine.

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May 8, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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