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Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia. Developing such a test has been a long-sought ...

Column: Six tips for sun safety for children

­­­Over the last few months our families have spent a lot time at home and indoors, and we are ready to spend quality time outside. Before we send our kids out to play and enjoy summer, we need to be careful to protect their skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The Skin Cancer ...

UPMC offers low-cost blood analysis screening

WELLSBORO — UPMC Wellsboro is offering community multidiagnosis blood analysis screenings at nine locations throughout the month of September, according to a recent press release. The screening can establish normal blood levels to monitor from year to year, help detect changes, or help lead ...

UPMC urologist offers services in Wellsboro

WELLSBORO — UPMC urologist Robert Grzonka, MD, is now offering services in Wellsboro, according to a recent press release. Offering a full range of diagnostic procedures and treatments of all disorders and diseases of the genitourinary system in men and women, Grzonka specializes in all ...

UPMC recognized for quality hospice services

Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, a part of UPMC in the Susquehanna region, has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all eligible SHP clients for the ...

Kelly Solomon named director of The Family Place at Evangelical

Kelly Solomon, RN, has been named director of The Family Place, the obstetrics unit, at Evangelical Community Hospital, according to a recent press release. In this role, Solomon will work in collaboration with the OB/GYN practices in achieving seamless care for the hospital’s obstetrical ...

Two key rehabilitation programs at Evangelical earn recertification

Evangelical Community Hospital announced the recertification of its Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs by the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in a recent press release. The certification demonstrates each program’s adherence to ...

Geisinger pediatrician offers tips to help prepare families for daycare

As the region continues to reopen, childcare providers can expect an uptick in attendance due to parents returning to work. Dr. Praful Bhatt, Geisinger Lock Haven pediatrician, wants to help families ease back into the “new normal” of returning to daycare. “Children have stayed home ...

Column: Rehabilitation key to improving cancer survivor’s quality of life

When fighting cancer, physical therapy may not be the first health care service that comes to mind. Successful cancer treatment involves a health care team approach, including oncologists, radiologists, nurses, surgeons, social workers, and as you transition to survivorship, physical and ...

Virtual music therapy program aims to help those with Parkinson’s

Singercise, a free, live-online program will be offered through the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. The program is a music therapy, group-singing protocol designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care ...

UPMC works to reduce prescription costs for its health plan members

UPMC recently announced the implementation of a new technology in partnership with RxRevu to enable its physicians to help patients lower prescription drug costs based upon their insurance coverage, according to a recent press release. By giving UPMC physicians real-time access to a ...

OB/GYN of Evangelical welcomes new laborist

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Max Laurore, MD, FACOG, Laborist, to OB/GYN of Evangelical, according to a recent press release. Laurore had been contracted to provide Laborist services at OB/GYN of Evangelical in 2019 and has now been placed on staff as an ...

Two Geisinger campuses nationally named Best Maternity Care hospitals

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital were recently named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals, according to a press release. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their ...

Geisinger Medical Center chosen as hip, knee replacement Center of Excellence

Geisinger Medical Center has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE) for hip and knee replacement surgeries in the Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN) by Health Design Plus, a national leader in the creation and management of employer-sponsored health plan offerings and direct ...

Final steel beam set into place at Geisinger Medical Clinic Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN — Another milestone has been reached in the effort to make better health easier for residents in Clinton County. The final steel beam was recently hoisted into place at the Geisinger Medical Clinic Lock Haven construction site, according to a recent news release from ...

Tips for staying safe while traveling this summer

Your summer vacation this year is probably not shaping up as planned. While there’s always been health issues and risks associated with traveling, this summer, one of the biggest risks of is acquiring or transmitting COVID-19. As you find new and different ways to enjoy your summer break ...

Geisinger Health Plan ranked best health plan in Pennsylvania by J.D. Power

Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) was ranked the best health plan in Pennsylvania in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Commercial Member Health Plan Study of customers’ satisfaction with their commercial health plan, according to a recent news release. The study, now in its 14th year, measures ...

Evangelical Community Hospital awards first DAISY honor

LEWISBURG — Tiffany Wolfe, RN, BSN, at Evangelical Community Hospital, was surprised Tuesday with the hospital’s first DAISY Award, according to a recent press release. The award is presented to a deserving nurse who exemplifies clinical expertise and compassionate care and is ...

Evangelical presents new bill pay options

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is offering new ways to pay healthcare-related bills, according to a recent press release from the hospital’s media team. Recently, the hospital has made improvements to its payment system that allow its customer service representatives to ...

UPMC surgeons offer services in Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN — UPMC general surgeons Scott Croll, MD, FACS, and Timothy Judge, MD, FACS, are now offering services in McElhattan and Lock Haven. Offering latest diagnostic and surgical technologies, Drs. Croll and Judge provide a comprehensive treatment plan using minimally invasive and open ...