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Health

Mt. Nittany offers Freedom From Smoking programs

STATE COLLEGE — As part of the health system’s mission to make people healthier, Mount Nittany Health is pleased to once again participate in the American Lung Association® Freedom From Smoking® program. This seven-week, in-person class is led by a certified facilitator and offers a ...

Penn College provides varied pathways to nursing career

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing program answers a national call to support nurses who seek academic and career growth. In a position statement issued in 2019, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing asserts that it “is committed to working with the ...

How sugar affects the heart

By DR. MICHAEL DESIDERIO You probably know that your sweet tooth affects your waistline, but did you know it can also be harmful to your heart? A 2014 study showed that a diet high in sugar puts you at a greater risk of dying from heart disease, even if you aren’t overweight. If at least ...

Hans Reisinger joins Internal Medicine group

STATE COLLEGE — Hans Reisinger, PA-C, has joined the staff of Mount Nittany Physician Group Internal Medicine, at its Mount Nittany Health - Blue Course Drive location. “My number one job as a healthcare provider is to serve as a patient advocate in the wellness journey,” says ...

BK Medical is helping the medically uninsured

STATE COLLEGE — BK Medical of State College has donated two ultrasound systems to the Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) in an effort to help CVIM better serve the medically uninsured in Centre County. The ultrasound systems, which allow for real-time imaging, will be used for point of ...

What to do if you’ve got the flu

By AHMIT MEHTA Even if you wash your hands often and try your hardest to avoid those who are sick, there’s still a chance you’ll come down with the flu this season. While getting the flu shot is still the best way to prevent getting the flu, it’s not a guarantee that you’ll avoid it ...

Mt. Nittany Health introduces heart failure program

By JENNIFER ILLIG STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health has introduced the Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology heart failure program, designed to meet the specific needs of adults living with heart failure. Jennifer Illig, PA-C, Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology, manages the ...

Can the cold give you a cold?

By DR. CARRIE TIMKO You may associate the cold weather with being sick or catching a cold. The truth is, the weather is not directly responsible for making you sick, but it can affect your body. The Common Cold According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of ...

Mount Nittany Orthopedics names two PAs to staff

STATE COLLEGE — Physician assistants, Nathan Wolcott, PA-C and Scott Minor, PA-C, have begun working with the Mount Nittany Physician Group Orthopedics. Wolcott earned his bachelor’s degree in health science with a minor in biology and his Master of Physician Assistant Science from ...

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. ...