Health

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The mobile health bus sits in front of Evangelical Community Hospital.

Lewisburg hospital busing health care to communities in need

LEWISBURG — With the goal of better serving the especially remote communities of an eight-county area, Evangelical Community Hospital, has unveiled one of only a hand full of mobile health units in the state. Mobile Health of Evangelical is a 38-foot-long bus that will travel across ...

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Dr. Jason Shu, center, is honored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Lycoming County Medical Society President Dr. Quinn Kirk right, and former President Dr. Tim Heilmann, left.

Local doctor honored for decades of service

The Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Lycoming County Medical Society recently honored Dr. Jason C. Shu for his decades of medical service faithfully performed in the traditional ideals of the medical profession. The event was part of the Lycoming County Medical Society’s 167th ...

MyCode participant Kim Mummert, of Williamsport, poses in front of the Susquehanna River.

MyCode helps ID potential health problems

Genomic screening for potential health problems is proving its worth for Geisinger patient Kim Mummert, of Williamsport, who also works for the organization’s technology education services. Mummert decided last year to participate in a free, ongoing genetic study called the MyCode ...

Leaders of Geisinger Health tour the newly dubbed Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital.

UPMC, Geisinger expand countywide, beyond

Changes to local health care have abounded over the past year, with both the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, known as UPMC, and Geisinger Health forming new alliances with several hospitals from Williamsport down to Sunbury and all the way back up to Coudersport. Since partnering ...

What you need to know about gynecologic cancer

Each year, nearly 89,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with a type of gynecologic cancer, also known as reproductive cancer. All women are at risk for developing gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age. These cancers occur in a woman’s reproductive organs, including the ...

UPMC partners with state for grant to fight opioid abuse

The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care will serve as the primary partner and subcontractor to oversee program and financial administration of a $5.7 million grant from the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The ...

Geisinger launches national initiative, appoints director

DANVILLE — As part of a strategy to expand its health program on a national level, Geisinger has launched the Geisinger National Precision Health Initiative and appointed Huntington F. Willard, as its first director. The new initiative, based in the Washington, D.C., area, will use the ...

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Local woman undergoes procedure to lose 100 pounds

After years of following exercise and diet trends to no avail, Christie Peck, of Williamsport, underwent endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty to help her body lose weight just over a year ago — she has since lost over 100 pounds. “It’s been a journey,” she said. “It’s a lifestyle ...

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Instructor: SuperStars helps differently abled exercise, gain confidence

MUNCY — Anyone can be a superstar. That’s the message Diana Logan’s SuperStars class is spreading to folks of all abilities throughout Lycoming County. Held at the East Lycoming Branch YMCA on Saturday mornings, SuperStars is a free class that gives people of all ages who are ...

Jessica McDermott scoops ice cream into a cone at her store, with the purple ribbon and “Survivor” tattoo visible on her wrist.

Young business owner, mom defeats Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

At just 24 years old, Jessica McDermott, of Williamsport, was a business owner, mother of two and cancer patient. McDermott was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stage 2, in October of 2014, almost exactly one year after taking ownership of and re-opening the Sunset Ice Cream Parlor on ...

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Ronald Frick, second from the left in the third row, stands with a group of his teammates from Team in Training, part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that participates in charitable races to raise money for blood cancer research.

Local marathoner makes strides for research into blood cancers

The human body can do amazing things when it has a goal in mind. As a marathon runner who isn’t interested in running, Ronald Frick, of Loyalsock Township, can attest to as much. “I wouldn’t even consider myself a casual runner,” chuckled Frick, who also is the president of the ...

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Colon Cancer Relapse Survivor: ‘Life is Good’

Going through chemotherapy and radiation can leave you feeling like a shell of who you were before the cancer diagnosis. But, once the “chemo brain” and neuropathy clear, and screens for new masses come up negative, you might feel better than you have in years. Dawn Astin, business ...

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Above, Sharon Belvin, right, of Williamsport, before she went on her weightloss journey, with her husband, Rob, and daughter, Lillybeth. At top, Belvin smiles for a family selfie with her son James, 7, left, husband Rob and daughter Lillybeth, 9, right. Belvin has lost about 170 pounds.

Melanoma survivor’s unlikely recovery leads to lifestyle changes

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Cancer of all kinds affects local residents on a daily basis. Through a month-long weekly series, the Sun-Gazette will speak with survivors of some of the most common forms of cancer locally. The paper realizes that not all cancer survivors share the same experiences and ...

Medical center offers screenings for breast cancer

UPMC Susquehanna is offering a variety of educational events and screenings to raise breast cancer awareness in the region. “We wanted to not only promote awareness with pink — lighting up our hospitals and wearing pink — but also to offer educational opportunities and life-saving ...

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Breast cancer survivor: Keep positive attitude, have an advocate

When a rapidly growing lump appears and intensive treatment and life-changing surgery ensue, “you have to” keep a positive attitude, said Mandy Bergstrom, of Jersey Shore, who is in remission after battling breast cancer. “I don’t associate cancer with death,” she said. “Cancer ...

Breast cancer ‘not a death sentence’

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses in Lycoming County, according to officials at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center. As with any cancer diagnosis, patients facing breast cancer may feel devastated. But try not to fear the worst, said Dr. Susan Branton, of UPMC’s ...

Self-examinations aide in early detection of breast cancer

Self-examinations for breast cancer are increasingly controversial and becoming less promoted due to “provoking a lot of anxiety” because people “aren’t sure what is a lump and what isn’t,” said Dr. Susan Branton, of UPMC Susquehanna’s Breast Health Center. However, she said, ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: Put a ‘well’ into wellness for health and happiness

In the early 1990’s, I, along with a few other college students, was blessed with the opportunity to spend a day with the strength coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chet Fuhrman. As it happened, Fuhrman was a former Penn State University football strength coach and he invited us to Three ...

Beth Russell donates blood during a recent inaugural blood drive born of a partnership between the health organization and Community Blood Bank.

UPMC, Community Blood Bank partner to ‘bolster blood supply’

An inaugural blood drive formed through a partnership between UPMC Susquehanna and the Community Blood Bank drew more than 60 blood donors to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center earlier this month. The partnership was born in an effort to bolster the UPMC Susquehanna’s blood supply, ...

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Recovering addict Jennifer Colon in a photo taken Thursday shows how much she has improved.

Support group helps addicts move forward

One glance at the newspaper will show that substance addiction is a hot topic. As the opioid epidemic surges nationwide, more avenues for treatment are popping up, including local counseling services through places like Crossroads Counseling and West Branch Drug and Alcohol. But most ...