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November 23, 2009

In This Issue

Mount Nittany and CMSA Explore Relationship to Improve Healthcare Delivery

Mount Nittany Medical Center and Centre Medical and Surgical Associates, PC, (CMSA) are exploring a formal business relationship in the interest of forging a locally based, integrated healthcare delivery system. With the common goal of advancing and expanding healthcare services, both parties expect that such a relationship could create an even stronger foundation for expanding services, attracting more physicians to the area and improving patient access to primary and specialty care.

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Penn State Hershey Physicians Enhance Hospitalist Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center


Pictured (left to right): Hospitalists: Ben Steward, PA-C;
Tom Covaleski, MD; and Folarin K Sogbetun, MBBS

Hospitalist services at Mount Nittany Medical Center recently expanded with the addition of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center physicians. Specialists in caring for inpatients, hospitalists work with the patients’ physician to provide high quality, comprehensive inpatient care. Thomas Covaleski, MD, recently named director of the program, is the first Penn State Hershey Medical Center physician to join the Mount Nittany Medical Center hospitalist program, which is made possible by the Master Affiliation agreement between Penn State University, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The service, expected to sign on several additional Penn State Hershey physicians, allows primary care physicians to refer patients requiring admission to the hospitalist, who will then work in partnership with the patient’s primary care physician to provide care until discharge. The service is not new to...

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Peterson Appointed Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon at Mount Nittany

Emily Peterson

Emily A. Peterson, M.D.

Mount Nittany Medical Center is proud to bring reconstructive and cosmetic services to the State College community with the addition of Emily A. Peterson, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, to its physician group. With a passion for breast reconstruction, general reconstruction, including skin cancer reconstruction; and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Peterson will be the first plastic surgeon employed by Mount Nittany.

The reconstructive and cosmetic surgery services at Mount Nittany will specialize in restoring or reconstructing the human body. From burns to traumatic injuries and disease, reconstructive surgery can...

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Enhancing the Patient Experience: East Wing On Schedule to Open in 2010

East Wing Expansion

Rendering of the East wing expansion to Mount Nittany Medical Center

Projected to open in the fall of 2010, the east wing expansion will include two medical and surgical floors and one intensive care floor. With an eye on patient safety and satisfaction, the Medical Center is constructing all new rooms as single-patient rooms.

These rooms will improve the work environment for staff and physicians, and allow the Medical Center to better utilize space by reducing the need to match patient room accommodations by condition and gender.

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Spread the Word, Not the Flu

Much like seasonal flu, although a different virus, 2009 H1N1 is highly contagious with symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue. H1N1 and seasonal flu can exacerbate existing health conditions and result in pneumonia, respiratory failure and even, in rare cases, death. Those who are infected with H1N1 and seasonal flu are able to pass the virus on to others one day before they exhibit symptoms to up to seven days after symptoms are evident.

Similar to seasonal cold and flu prevention, the number one way to protect oneself from the H1N1 virus is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer, especially before eating. Here are a few more tips to prevent the spread of germs:

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Calendar of Healthy Events


Diabetes Support Group

Facilitated by a certified diabetes educator, this group provides education and support for those and their loved ones dealing with the disease.

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