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October classes at Evangelical Community Hospital

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of classes through the month of October. For the safety of participants, masking is required while inside hospital facilities and during all learning sessions. Prepared Childbirth Classes • Weekend Prepared Childbirth Class: 9 ...

Column: Hunters, don’t overlook your health

Most hunters are preppers. Before the opening of the season they make sure the guns are sighted in, the clothes are scent-free, and the vacation days are planned well in advance for those upcoming opening days. However, one thing many often overlook is their physical fitness. Hunting can be ...

Geisinger Career Center assisting job seekers in downtown Danville

The Geisinger Career Center, a recruitment and career services hub, continues to guide community members and Geisinger employees on available job opportunities in the health system at its new downtown location. Along with the physical career center, located at 529 Mill St., Danville, ...

Evangelical welcomes new neurologist

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome a new Neurologist to its Medical Staff. Jessica Ahlum, MD, joined Neurology of Evangelical in late August. As a neurology physician, Ahlum specializes in diseases and treatment of the nervous system. Ahlum received her ...

Evangelical Community Hospital to host support groups

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital has scheduled its roster of support groups for the month of October. For the safety of participants, masking is required while in Hospital facilities and during support groups. Physical distancing and frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer ...

Column: What you should know about your Medicare options

2020 has been a year for the history books. It’s brought us unprecedented challenge and showed us the depth of our resilience and strength. We’ve been reminded of how fragile and how durable we can be in one fell swoop. But one thing that’s been impressed upon us more than any other ...

Geisinger offers free telephone assessments for breast cancer risk

Geisinger is offering high-risk breast cancer screenings through a phone call during a free, all-day event on Saturday, Oct. 17. Those who register for the event will have a one-on-one breast cancer screening call with a Geisinger provider to discuss their individual risk factors, health ...

Evangelical Community Hospital holds screenings

LEWISBURG — Community Health and Wellness at Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of screenings through the month of October. For the safety of participants, masking is required while in Hospital facilities and during the screenings. Physical distancing and frequent ...

Suicide prevention fundraiser aims to raise $10K

To honor his late father, Jersey Shore student Brayden Seasholtz is working with the Hatchet House on a tournament to raise money for suicide prevention. The event will be Seasholtz’s second fundraiser, with a goal of donating $10,000 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last ...

Experts: Census undercounts could risk rural health funding

DUBOIS, Idaho (AP) — Bonnie Stoddard knows the history of Idaho’s sparsest county. She’s chronicled the ranching families who settled Clark County more than a century ago. The notable statesmen after whom the county and the county seat are named. Buildings she’s hoping to keep ...

Contact tracing, other measures help to slow the spread

Dr. Daniel Glunk, chief quality officer for UPMC in the Susquehanna region, and his colleagues have worked tirelessly to continually improve contact tracing procedures at area hospitals. “The pandemic is here to stay,” Glunk said. “We are tracking everything and taking care of our ...

Geisinger study shows low correlation between stroke, coronavirus

Geisinger scientists led a team of experts from around the world to study the correlation between COVID-19 infection and stroke risk. The multinational COVID-19 Stroke Study Group included scientists and clinicians from 99 medical centers in 11 countries. The team was led by Ramin Zand, M.D., ...

Myth vs fact: Alcohol’s effects on the heart

While drinking can be a socially acceptable part of our lives, lifestyle changes and challenges resulting from the pandemic including working from home, kids stuck at home, lack of routine, boredom, and increased uncertainty about the future may have you reaching for a glass of wine or mixed ...

UPMC welcomes pediatrician to Wellsboro

WELLSBORO — UPMC welcomes Hadeel Naqib, MD, to the pediatrics team in Wellsboro. Naqib received her medical degree from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, and completed residencies in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and T.C. Thompson ...

Still too soon to try altering human embryo DNA, panel says

It’s still too soon to try to make genetically edited babies because the science isn’t advanced enough to ensure safety, says an international panel of experts who also mapped a pathway for any countries that want to consider it. Thursday’s report comes nearly two years after a Chinese ...

Column: Do I really need a primary care physician?

Your health is better off with a primary care physician or family doctor. Here’s why. In some ways, access to healthcare seems easier than ever, with the expansion of retail walk-in clinics at pharmacies and big-box stores, virtual doctor appointments and urgent care clinics. However, if ...

Column: Don’t put off essential cancer screenings

Thanks to earlier detection, more Americans are surviving cancer. That’s why you shouldn’t put off having the screening tests you need. While scheduling a mammogram or colonoscopy may not be top of mind for you right now, screening tests like these can spot cancer before it causes any ...

Evangelical Community Hospital awards its latest DAISY honor

Angela Cassel, CNM, OB/GYN of Evangelical, was surrounded by her coworkers, as well as hospital and nursing leadership, as she was presented with the DAISY Award. She was nominated by her colleague Louann Benfer, LPN. In the nomination, Benfer stated, “Angela’s greatest gifts to our ...

Geisinger recognized as top telehealth network

Geisinger was recognized as a top telehealth network in the United States at the recent Telehealth Innovation Forum, hosted by Teladoc Health. Geisinger was named one of four “Top Telehealth Innovators and Leaders,” earning the designation as the number-one national telehealth network for ...