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UPMC Williamsport, Divine Providence look toward bright future

“COVID-19 was probably the largest and biggest challenge we have ever had and it may be the biggest challenge we will ever have,” Ann Pepperman, UPMC Susquehanna board of directors chairwoman, said in the recent annual call. Ron Reynolds, UPMC Lock Haven and Muncy president, highlighted ...

UPMC Lock Haven succeeds even after difficult 2020

LOCK HAVEN — “On September 10, there was a fire,” Ron Reynolds, UPMC Lock Haven and Muncy president, said in their annual meeting on Wednesday evening. “The fire did not enter the building. Seventeen patients were evacuated in 14 minutes.” He also said that many of the patients were ...

Holiday dinners  and COVID-19: Is it safe to gather?

We’ve faced down a lot of challenges this year, to say the least. And now, as COVID-19 cases are spiking across the nation and world, we’re coming up on a new hurdle: How to approach family gatherings this holiday season. Should you gather with friends and family like usual? Limit the ...

Ask UPMC: Is it flu, cold or something more?

As fall turns into winter, many of us are preparing for spending more time indoors and the approaching cold and flu season. While these preparations are typical for this time of year in the region, what’s different this year is that a cough, sore throat, or slight fever may cause anxiety ...

UPMC welcomes new cardiologist to city

UPMC welcomes Renee Muchnik, MD, cardiologist to the Heart & Vascular team in Williamsport. Muchnik received her medical degree at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y, and her fellowship in ...

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center welcomes new specialist to Williamsport

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is pleased to welcome Eugene Muchnik, MD, medical oncologist, to the UPMC Hillman cancer care team in Williamsport. Muchnik received his medical degree at New Jersey Medical School - Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. He completed his internal medicine residency at ...

Evangelical welcomes new primary care physician

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome a new primary care physician, Matthew Wolcott, MD, to Family Medicine of Evangelical. Wolcott serves patients in both the Middleburg and Mifflinburg practices. As a primary care physician, Dr. Wolcott specializes in the ...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer Inc. said its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results that nevertheless brought a big burst of optimism to a world desperate for the means to finally bring the catastrophic outbreak under control. The announcement came less than a ...

Geisinger to hold free virtual session on lung cancer screenings

Whether you still smoke or you quit years ago, a lung cancer screening can help you stay on top of your health. Geisinger is hosting a virtual education session for the community to learn about their risk of developing lung cancer and how they can be screened for the disease. The free ...

More patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency. Many health systems already opened up records. At the last minute, federal health officials gave an extension until April because of the ...

UPMC physical therapist: Keep your bones fit

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Osteoporosis is very common, affecting one out of every two women and one ...

Region’s major insurers talk 2021 medicare plans

Amidst the open enrollment period, which continues now through Dec. 7, area providers Highmark, UPMC Susquehanna and Geisinger have announced their medicare and medicare advantage plans. Ellen Galardy, Highmark vice president of medicare market strategy, Crystal Kominski, Gesinger manager of ...

Column: Can I get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?

For months, the world has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic. And soon, we’ll be dealing with flu season on top of COVID-19 in the United States. With COVID-19 still spreading, many are wondering how this flu season will go. Healthcare professionals are concerned about a spike in flu and ...

Column: The ABCs of safe sleep

More than 3500 infants die each year in the United States from sleep-related deaths. In Pennsylvania that means 80 babies die each year, that’s four kindergarten classes that will never be. These deaths include sudden unexpected infant death syndrome (SUIDS), sudden infant death syndrome ...

Halloween in 2020: Some fun with death and fear, anyone?

PORTERSVILLE — The setting: a rolling patch of Pennsylvania farmland, about 15 miles from the little town where “Night of the Living Dead” was filmed. The moment: Halloween season 2020, a moonlit Friday night. She strides up to the hayride and beckons you to the dimly lit tent behind ...

Highmark program saves physicians $1B in funding since 2017

Highmark’s True Performance initiative has helped save over $1 billion in avoided hospital costs — like emergency room and admission fees, all while providing and improving patient care since the start of the program in 2017, according to the company. Sean Burns, vice president of ...

Nursing faculty member receives Patient Advocate Award

Donnamarie Lovestrand, assistant professor of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, received the Pennsylvania Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses’ 2020 Patient Advocate Award. The award was presented during the association’s Annual Education Conference, held virtually Oct. ...

Evangelical’s COVID-19 test site moving

Evangelical Community Hospital’s COVID-19 alternative testing site will be opening at its new location on Monday, according to a recent press release. Operating from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, testing will be completed at 1499 St. Mary Street, Lewisburg, at the corner of St. ...

Increasing COVID-19 spread leads to visitation restrictions at Geisinger

DANVILLE-Geisinger hospitals are temporarily restricting routine, in-person visits to hospitalized patients, effective Monday, Nov. 2 until further notice. They understand it can be difficult being apart from a family member when they’re in the hospital, and having that connection is ...

Geisinger to host drive-through appreciation dinners for vets

JERSEY SHORE — To thank local veterans for their service to our country, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital will host a drive-through Veterans Appreciation dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, according to a recent press release. The dinner for U.S. military veterans is provided by ...