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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 ...

Column: When it comes to thyroid cancer, check your neck

This summer, a Florida television reporter was diagnosed with cancer after a concerned viewer saw a lump on her neck and alerted her that it could be a tumor. The viewer immediately emailed her to tell her to get it checked out by a doctor. It turned out to be thyroid cancer. This reporter is ...

Handling grief in the midst of a pandemic

During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, what were considered norms have been pushed aside in order to cope with the situation. Rituals and traditions have been changed to accommodate the “new normal.” Having to delay those ways in which people mourn the loss of a loved one until some ...

UPMC cardiology provider offers services in Muncy, Lewisburg

UPMC welcomes Darcie Desiderio, DNP, to team of skilled cardiology providers in the Susquehanna region. She will see patients at UPMC Muncy and UPMC Specialty Care in Lewisburg. Desiderio, a nurse practitioner, received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Case Western Reserve ...

Geisinger addresses Blackbaud data security incident

Geisinger is notifying patients of a data security incident that occurred at a third-party vendor, Blackbaud Inc., according to a recent press release. Blackbaud provides cloud-based data solutions to nonprofits, foundations and other social good organizations nationwide, including the ...

$31K raised to replace specialty van

In 2013, a local woman’s wheelchair-accessible van was struck, destroying its wheelchair lift. Denyse Miele, a North Central Sight Services employee, was left with a challenge. As a woman who became quadriplegic after a serious accident in 1995, how was she supposed to travel around town, ...

Virtual Cookin’ Men event a new way to serve up breast cancer awareness

Evangelical Community Hospital will hold its annual Cookin’ Men event, though it’ll look a bit different this year due to the pandemic. The event, in which local celebrity men turn up the heat on breast cancer awareness by creating culinary delights, be held virtually, with the same goal ...

Paramedic establishes clothing closet for UPMC patients

Kathy Kling, paramedic, Susquehanna Regional EMS, recently spearheaded an initiative to provide clothing to patients in need seeking services at the emergency department at UPMC Williamsport. Kathy has teamed up with hospital leaders to open Angie’s Closet, a free clothing resource named ...

Virtual Cookin’ Men event a new way to serve up breast cancer awareness

LEWISBURG-Evangelical Community Hospital will hold its annual Cookin’ Men event, though it’ll look a bit different this year due to the pandemic. The event, in which local celebrity men turn up the heat on breast cancer awareness by creating culinary delights, be held virtually, with the ...

Geisinger enrolling patients, caregivers in dementia care study

Geisinger is enrolling people with dementia and their caregivers in a national research study that will compare three models of dementia care over an 18-month period. The effects of dementia include memory loss, confusion and disorientation, poor balance and falls, incontinence, swallowing ...

UPMC Doc: Self-awareness key to detecting breast cancer

Breast cancer awareness month is recognized every October, but it is more than just awareness about breast cancer, it is about being self-aware of your breast health. Some of the risk factors for breast cancer, such as genetics and age, are out of our control. But there are steps you can take ...

Teen swings closer to $10K goal after axe-throwing fundraiser

Brayden Seasholtz, 13, of Jersey Shore, shown at top with his mom and younger brother, raised $1,800 at his Hatchet House fundraising event on Oct. 4, according to his mother, Amber Seasholtz. In total, the family has raised $2,425 out of their goal of $10,000 for this year. “It went really ...

UPMC doc: Breast cancer not one size fits all

Roughly 12% of women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer affects an estimated 275,000 women per year. Men also can develop breast cancer, although it is rare. Did you know there many different types of breast cancer? Here’s what you need to know about the ...

Military Times recognizes Geisinger as a top employer for veterans

Geisinger is proud to be among the companies recognized by Military Times as Best for Vets: Employers 2020, the health system announced in a recent press release. The annual survey is an analysis of a company’s efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success. With a ...

UPMC opens primary care office in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG — As of Monday, primary care providers Robin Spangler, MD, and Christine Belgio, CRNP, now see patients at UPMC’s newest clinic – UPMC Primary Care Lewisburg located at 260 Reitz Blvd., according to recent press release. “Chris and I call the Susquehanna Valley home,” said ...