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Geisinger’s Karen Murphy named ‘Woman to Watch’

DANVILLE - Karen Murphy, Ph.D., Geisinger’s chief innovation officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Health Innovation, has been named a 2020 “Woman to Watch” in health information technology by Becker’s Hospital Review. In her role at the Steele Institute, Murphy ...

When you realize you can hear better

By JEFFREY L. BAYLIFF One of the favorite parts of my job is hearing the reactions of my patients when they come back for the one week follow-up after getting hearing aids for the first time. Patients have told me dozens of things through the years about comprehending that they hear better. ...

The truth about the fourth trimester of pregnancy

By Kathryn Swatkowski A normal full-term pregnancy is divided into three trimesters of baby development in the mother’s womb. Each trimester comes with its own hormonal and physiological changes. As a new mom, the education about each trimester prepares you for how the baby affects your ...

Geisinger welcomes ophthalmologist to Lycoming County

WILLIAMSPORT— James Kasenchak, M.D., a vitreo-retinal specialist, recently joined Geisinger Ophthalmology’s team and is now seeing patients at Geisinger Williamsport Ophthalmology and Geisinger Port Matilda Ophthalmology. Dr. Kasenchak earned his medical degree from Drexel University ...

Brill joins New Behaviorial Health site in Centre County

STATE COLLEGE— Deerfield Behavioral Health, an affiliate of Journey Health System, welcomes Sandra Brill, CRNP, to their team of mental healthcare providers. Certified Nurse Practitioner Brill will provide psychiatric services for adolescents and adults at their new location in State ...

UPMC Williamsport names new ICU Medical Director

WILLIAMSPORT – Dr. Navitha Ramesh MD is the new director for the Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Williamsport. Dr. Ramesh received her medical degree from The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University in India, and completed her residency training at Rochester Regional Health Unity Hospital, ...

UPMC Pain Management welcomes new provider

WILLIAMSPORT – Elizabeth Belz, PA-C, has joined UPMC’s Pain Management team in Williamsport. Belz received her bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, and her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Allegheny College, ...

Coping with seasonal affective disorder

Dr. Lindsay Sauers Have you noticed generally lower energy, and are feeling sad more often now that the days are shorter and the weather is colder? If so, you may have a mood disorder called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression triggered by circumstances connected to ...

UPMC Susquehanna laboratories recognized for quality

WILLIAMSPORT — Laboratories at UPMC Susquehanna were recently awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) following rigorous, on-site inspections. UPMC Susquehanna Muncy and UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center received notice of reaccreditation, and UPMC ...

UPMC emergency physician recognized for life’s work in emergency services

WILLIAMSPORT — In a special ceremony at Scientific Assembly in Austin, Texas, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) honored Gregory Frailey, DO, FACOEP, medical director, Susquehanna Regional EMS and Prehospital Services, UPMC Susquehanna, with the Robert D. ...

UPMC Susquehanna expands access to primary care

WILLIAMSPORT – UPMC Susquehanna Primary Care Services now offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week around-the-clock nurse telephone support, as well as same-day and walk-in appointments and convenient evening and weekend hours for new and existing patients. “Primary care doctors are an ...

Geisinger welcomes new heart care physician to Lycoming County

By DR. NATHANIEL ELDREDGE WILLIAMSPORT — Geisinger has welcomed a new physician to the Geisinger cardiovascular medicine team, bringing care closer to home for patients in north-central Pennsylvania. Board-certified and fellowship-trained specialist Nathaniel Eldredge, M.D., is now ...

The purple Christmas of 1912

By LOU BERNARD You’ve probably seen the Elks building downtown, even if you’ve walked right past it without noticing. It’s the Simon Scott Building, at 216 E. Main St., built in 1854 by a dry goods merchant who came from Germany. At one point, Simon Scott owned more business properties ...

Back Tracks: Deck the halls

By ROSE HOOVER We weren’t decking the halls with boughs of holly back in the 1950s, but we were putting up lots of Christmas decorations. Most of these types of decorations have now been replaced with newer versions. And some have been done away with completely, like that white spun-glass ...

Take Steps to Recovery

Editor’s note: Groups listed below focus on recovery from addiction, and the meetings are open to the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addiction and their families. — — — ...

Finding Support

HEALTH - Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Jan. 14 (second Tuesday of the month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302. - Parkinson’s Support Group — Open to everyone interested in learning about the disease, 3 p.m. Jan. 8 ...

Senior Citizen Menus

Bread available daily Monday — Chicken marsala, herbed rice, green bean casserole, fresh orange Tuesday — Roast beef with gravy and stuffing, creamed spinach, parsley potatoes, fresh apple Wednesday — MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thursday — Chicken barbeque with hamburger roll, sliced ...

Safely enjoy outdoor winter activities

By RYAN BYERS PAC While some people like to enjoy the cold winter months hibernating indoors, you may enjoy cold-weather sports and outdoor activities, however, we want you to be safe. Cold weather, limited daylight, snow, and ice can all pose safety risks. A little preparation and planning ...

Community groups partner for Safe Sleep Education

WILLIAMSPORT – About 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. UPMC Susquehanna has partnered with the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office and State Representative Garth Everett to promote safe sleeping practices to reduce the chance of sudden infant death ...