Health

New surgeon at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

JERSEY SHORE — Board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon Akpene Gbegnon, M.D., is providing care for patients 16 years old and older for general and specialized surgeries at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and nearby clinics. Dr. Gbegnon performs breast, colorectal, gallbladder, ...

Geisinger names new chief nursing executive

DANVILLE— Janet Tomcavage, MSN, RN, a pioneer in population health and advanced medical homes, has assumed the role of Chief Nursing Executive at Geisinger, effective Aug. 1, 2019. Since 2014, Tomcavage has served as Geisinger’s chief population officer, focusing on driving the ...

Coping with depression and Parkinson’s disease

While everyone feels sad from time to time-depression is different. Sadness is temporary and doesn’t last very long, but depression lasts for weeks or longer. Studies indicate approximately 50% of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease also have a mood disorder like depression. In fact, ...

Lost, stolen, and yes…damaged!

Most new hearing aid purchases come with a replacement coverage called “Lost, Stolen, or Damaged.” Most manufacturers include at least a three-year coverage to replace the aids and usually for a very small deductible payment. When a patient calls to tell me they lost their hearing aid, ...

UPMC Susquehanna Nurse-Family Partnership receives grant

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — UPMC Susquehanna’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program recently received a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. The grant will be used to purchase educational, age-specific toys and safety items for clients ...

Health officials find rare mosquito disease in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware health officials are warning residents to take precautions against a potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness that has been detected in the state. A Division of Public Health release says the agency found evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly called ...

Virginia health officials find seven sites with Legionella germs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials say they've found the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease at seven locations in one county, including schools and a hospital. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports health officials have been scouring sites in Chesterfield County following ...

Paris child at risk of lead poisoning after Notre Dame fire

PARIS (AP) — Health officials in Paris said Wednesday that a young boy needs medical monitoring because tests conducted after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire showed that he was at risk of lead poisoning. The child, who was tested last week, doesn't need treatment yet, the Regional Health ...

Modern wildfires pose new health risks for firefighters

Barbara Feder Ostrov Kaiser Health News via AP As California’s wildfire season gets underway in earnest this month — with crews working to contain a 14,000-acre blaze in rugged Modoc County on the Oregon border — new research underscores the risks that modern wildfires pose to ...

Will prostate-shrinking meds affect low-grade prostate cancer?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve had low-grade prostate cancer for several years and am presently on “active surveillance.” My PSAs have been high but steady, running around 7.8 to 9.2. I have a greatly enlarged prostate, which I believe contributes to the high PSA ...

Comfort bags donated to UPMC Cancer Center

PHOTO PROVIDED The Paternostro Family Foundation recently donated 50 Harnessing Hope bags to Susquehanna Health Foundation to benefit patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. Over the past five years, the Foundation has provided 550 Harnessing Hopes bags to support ...

Bellefonte student volunteering at LL World Series

WILLIAMSPORT – Seven students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s emergency medical services/paramedic program, and 25 students in its physician assistant program, are set to be part of the health care team at the 2019 Little League Baseball World Series, just 3 miles from the college ...

Mt. Nittany Health names director of performance excellence

STATE COLLEGE — Matt Golemboski, MSN, RN, has been named director of performance excellence, a role critical to the health system’s vision to provide exceptional patient care, at Mount Nittany Health. In this role, Golemboski will focus on engaging staff in identifying opportunities for ...

Moira Nester joins Mt. Nittany Physicians

STATE COLLEGE — Moira Nester, CRNP, has joined the Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine at its Mount Nittany Health - Mifflin County location in Reedsville. “My philosophy of care involves treating each patient as a whole person,” says Nester. “We all have our own personal, ...

Geisinger JS offers health and wellness classes

JERSEY SHORE — Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is set to host a number of health and wellness classes throughout August. ∫ Better Breathrs Club is a welcoming support group for people with COPD, or other lung diseases, who often feel alone and isolated. Together, participants learn skills ...

Researchers estimate societal costs of the opioid epidemic

By Kristie Auman-Bauer news.psu.edu UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. Penn State researchers recently collaborated to address the issue in a ...

Breastfeeding benefits for both mommy and baby

Breastfeeding is often thought of as a gift between mother and baby. Not only does it provide bonding time, but the health benefits for both baby and mom are undeniable. August is National Breastfeeding Month, a month dedicated to educating women and families on the importance of ...

Mt. Nittany names director of information services applications

STATE COLLEGE — Ryan McLaughlin was recently named director of information services (IS) applications for the health system at Mt. Nittany Health. McLaughlin will assume leadership for IS analyst teams supporting the MEDITECH Expanse electronic health record, as well as, a number of other ...

Mt. Nittany EMS receives recognition award

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that Mount Nittany Medical Center emergency medical services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who ...

Am I going through menopause?

Angela Huggler, MD, FACOG OB-GYN, UPMC Susquehanna As a woman starts to enter middle age, they start to think about menopause and when it will affect them. Menopause is a normal, natural event. Most women start to enter menopause in their 40s and 50s, but the age can vary. Unless surgically ...