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Mount Nittany Physician Group welcomes hospitalist, Paul Baresel, MD

Paul Baresel, MD

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Baresel, MD, as a Mount Nittany Physician Group Hospitalist.

“As a hospitalist, I try to not just understand my patient’s medical condition and treatment options, but to break those down into understandable choices so that they can make a value-based decision on what care and treatments they feel best meets their health goals,” Dr. Baresel says.

Dr. Baresel is an AAFP board-certified physician focused on acute care medicine with a background in infectious disease research and public health. He is an experienced research scientist and data analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry.

Dr. Baresel earned his Doctor of Allopathic Medicine degree from the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He comes to Mount Nittany Physician Group after serving as chief resident at Penn State Health Family and Community Medicine Residency and completing his hospital medicine training at Mount Nittany Medical Center. “I had a fantastic experience during that time, and I was excited to join the team of wonderful physicians who had already been my mentors and teachers for several years,” he says.

He joins a team of dedicated medical professionals at Mount Nittany Medical Center, which was recently named as one of 350 U.S. hospitals — and one of just 15 Pennsylvania hospitals — honored as a “World’s Best Hospital 2021” by Newsweek magazine. Hospitals on this list stand out for their consistent excellence, including distinguished physicians, top-notch nursing care, and state-of-the-art technology, according to Newsweek. With an overall national hospital average of 3 out of 5 stars, Mount Nittany Medical Center is one of only 14 hospitals in Pennsylvania with 5 stars, and one of just over 400 in the US with this achievement.

Dr. Baresel is certified in advanced cardiovascular life support, pediatric advanced life support, and neonatal resuscitation. He also served as an informatics specialist for Centre Volunteers in Medicine, where he collaborated on the design and implementation of two quality improvement grant-funded projects to screen patients for behavioral health conditions, connect them to services, and perform quality metric post analysis.

As a hospitalist, Dr. Baresel rotates between two roles: admitting physician and rounding physician. Rather than booking appointments, hospitalist physicians care for the daily needs of hospital patients. On any given day, as a rounding physician Dr. Baresel might see 15 to 18 patients, and as an admitting physician he might admit 10 to 14 patients.

“Hospital medicine is a fulfilling, exciting, challenging field,” says Dr. Baresel. “I was raised to believe that working to improve our local communities is important, and service is one of my core values. I get a lot of satisfaction from providing direct care to people in the central Pennsylvania community.”

An avid woodworker and carpenter, Dr. Baresel enjoys making live edge furniture in his spare time. “When I’m not in the shop,” he says, “I’m probably travelling up to the Adirondack Mountains where I enjoy hiking, camping, and relaxing at a small cabin retreat.”

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