Health

Higher tick populations or not, take precautions against Lyme disease

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state. Although it is unclear whether the number of ticks actually is higher this spring — and if so, ...

‘Stop the Bleed’ gives bystanders a way to help

Whether there’s a mass casualty event or an everyday injury occurs, knowing what action to take is both reassuring and can potentially save a life. In recognizing that bystanders are always first on the scene and ahead of trained emergency personnel, the “Stop the Bleed” training program ...

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UPMC Susquehanna nurse honored with scholarship

PHOTO PROVIDED Robin Sammons, RN, MSN, a nurse with Behavioral Health at Divine Providence Hospital, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Rosalie Kaleda Scholarship for Advanced Practice RNs. Sammons received the scholarship after applying, interviewing and being chosen by UPMC ...

Jersey Shore responders prepare for disaster

JERSEY SHORE — Preparing and coming together as a community was the plan for the drill at Jersey Shore Hospital. The hospital together with over 40 local EMS, fire, Jersey Shore Borough, local police and volunteers participated in a mass causality drill recently. Hospital disaster ...

Do I have a hernia?

An estimated 20 million hernia repairs are performed globally every year according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Most people have heard of this common condition, but not everyone understands what a hernia is and how to recognize one. In the simplest terms, a hernia ...

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Senior student officers from Hughesville High School’s National Honors Society stand with Hope bags.

Students donate Harnessing Hope bags to UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT —Senior student officers from Hughesville High School’s National Honor Society donated 50 Harnessing Hope bags to Susquehanna Health Foundation to benefit patients at the Cancer Center at UPMC Susquehanna. These bags, assembled by the students, are part of an annual effort by ...

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Dental Clinic gets new equipment

Thanks to the Clinton County Community Foundation, the Clinton County Community Dental Clinic was awarded $9,000 for the purchase of new dental equipment to meet the needs of clients. Pictured are Kelly Kurtz and Cathy Barnes, dental hygienists who work at the clinic with a brand new Cavitron. ...

Effective prostate cancer screening must begin with a conversation

Men, have you talked to your doctor about your risks for prostate cancer? Experts now recommend that prostate cancer screening tools be used based on individual risks after careful consideration of the pros and cons of early detection. These tools include the digital rectal exam and the ...

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Cancer Support Group meets Thursday LOCK HAVEN —“My Cancer Transformation” will be the topic of discussion at The Cancer Support Group meeting on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View. Those diagnosed with cancer are often affected by stress, anxiety and ...

UPMC Susquehanna employee Weight Loss Challenge Percent Body Fat Loss champions Cake Walk, from Williamsport Regional Medical Center, lost a total of 25.8% body fat during the challenge.

UPMC Susquehanna employees set health and wellness example

WILLIAMSPORT – UPMC Susquehanna employees made healthier choices, exercised a little more and shed pounds during a weight loss challenge promoting employee wellness and health. This is the third year that UPMC Susquehanna has hosted the Weight Loss Challenge. During this year’s ...

Stroke is nation’s number three killer

JERSEY SHORE — According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is our nation’s number three killer and the leading cause of adult disability. In the United States, someone has a stroke every 45 seconds. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Manor Care Jersey Shore is honoring ...

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The honorees, from left, are Lee Ciccarelli, MD; Susan Branton, MD; and Warren Robinson, MD. Dr. Branton received the top recognition from her patients.

SH recognizes important caregivers on Doctor’s Day

WILLIAMSPORT — Every year on Doctors’ Day, physicians who have dedicated their lives to practicing medicine are celebrated. For the seventh year, Susquehanna Health Foundation committed one very special day to honoring these everyday heroes. This year, 213 contributions were made to the ...

Lock Haven Hospital staff learns about heart failure

LOCK HAVEN – Members of the Lock Haven Hospital medical staff participated in a presentation by Garrick Stewart, M.D., associate physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, instructor, Harvard Medical School. The presentation was entitled; Heart: Improving Heart Failure Admission and ...

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Open house planned at new WorkCenter WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Susquehanna, along with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, will host a public open house Thursday, June 15, 5 - 7 pm, at the newly remodeled WorkCenter at Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Boulevard, ...

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Daniel Glunk, MD, vice president and chief quality officer of UPMC Susquehanna, presents Amanda Raymond, RN, with the “Above Clinical Excellence (ACE)” Educator Award. At right is Raymond’s manager, Lesha Trostle, BSN, RN-BC.

UPMC Susquehanna celebrates Nurses Week

WILLIAMSPORT — “As nurses, it is our life’s work to help heal. We offer care and compassion to those in need and change lives every day,” said Jan Fisher, executive vice president and chief operating officer, as she addressed the crowd during UPMC Susquehanna’s 23rd annual Nurses ...

Mt. Nittany Health honors teen volunteers

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon recently, honoring the 621 individuals who provide more than 60,000 hours of service, in a number of patient-related and ancillary capacities, across the system each year. “Families come to us in times ...

Staying mobile later in life

Knee pain keeps many Americans from doing the activities they love and almost half of all adults develop knee osteoarthritis, or the degeneration of joints and bone in at least one knee, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With so many people experiencing knee pain ...

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Susque-View celebrates Occupational Therapy month

PHOTO PROVIDED Susque-View Home recently celebrated National OT Month with its rehabilitation team. Occupational therapy develops their treatment plan based on the results of their performed assessments of individuals who are recovering from an acute illness, injury, surgical intervention, ...

The dangers of sharing prescription medications

By LEXIE LINDNER Using someone else’s prescription medicine is a lot like playing a game of chance – you might get away unscathed, and then again you might not. Just because we see prescription medicines advertised on TV doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. There are good reasons ...

As I age through this world

Living longer doesn’t guarantee you are aging well or healthfully. How do you ensure that if you reach the current life expectancy age of 79 in the United States, you can also enjoy a high quality of life? Researchers have identified five places around the globe, known as “Blue ...