Weekly Updates: Week of Nov. 16


Distant work continues for Penn State Effectively being, Faculty of Medicine employees

Tons of of Penn State Effectively being and Faculty of Medicine employees proceed to work remotely and perform their jobs correctly. As cases of COVID-19 are rising in Pennsylvania and all through the U.S., employees will proceed to work remotely by means of a minimal of Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Employees and teams should proceed to work straight with their managers and supervisors on distant work preparations.


  • Employee Telework Steering – COVID-19
  • Journey and Quarantine Protection
  • Meeting, Teaching and Gathering Pointers
  • Penn State Effectively being COVID-19 Sources
  • Faculty of Medicine COVID-19 Sources

Penn State Effectively being stops pre-travel COVID-19 employee testing

Penn State Effectively being laboratories won’t accommodate employees or their journey companions requesting a COVID-19 verify earlier to journey to a state that requires proof of a damaging verify for entry.

Employees who want to be examined because of they’ve decided to journey or attend big gatherings domestically for the holidays ought to make use of an alternate provide for testing, similar to Vault Effectively being, which supplies an in-home, saliva assortment verify that is achieved beneath distant supervision. Some insurance coverage protection carriers may reimburse the $150 worth for the verify. Vault Effectively being will return the verify outcomes inside 72 hours of receiving the sample in its lab.

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Hershey, St. Joseph campuses announce trip closings for drive-thru testing

The COVID-19 drive-thru testing locations on the Westview Parking Storage and 35 Hope Drive on the Hershey Medical Center campus and off the Pink Bridge Freeway entrance to the St. Joseph Bern Township campus will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Yr’s Day, respectively.

Alternate preoperative COVID testing dates for the Hershey Medical Center campus are as follows:

  • Course of date of Tuesday, Dec. 1
    Pre-op COVID verify date of Friday, Nov. 27
    35 Hope Drive or Westview Parking Storage
  • Course of date of Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Pre-op COVID verify date of Saturday, Dec. 26
    35 Hope Drive
  • Course of date of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021
    Pre-op COVID verify date of Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021
    35 Hope Drive

Hershey Medical Center designates additional safe break areas

Starting Monday, Nov. 23, Hershey Medical Center employees might have three additional safe break areas. These areas can accommodate a whole of 17 employees.

Furthermore, three rooms inside the Faculty Physician Center on the Hershey campus have been designated as areas for breaks and meals:

The model new break rooms are the second part of a plan to make additional safe space obtainable for employees to take breaks.

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Westview Storage COVID-19 testing strikes Nov. 23

In preparation for the winter months, Hershey Medical Center is shifting the Westview Parking Storage COVID-19 swabbing location to Inside Medicine West, 10 Conference Drive on Monday, Nov. 23. Enterprise hours will keep Monday by means of Friday, from Eight a.m. to 5 p.m.

As launched ultimate week, the holiday schedule will apply to this location as correctly. COVID testing at Inside Medicine West will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Yr’s Day, respectively.

Alternate preoperative COVID testing dates for Hershey Medical Center:

  • Course of date of Tuesday, Dec. 1
    Pre-op COVID verify date of Friday, Nov. 27
    35 Hope Drive or 10 Conference Drive
  • Course of date of Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Pre-op COVID verify date of Saturday, Dec. 26
    35 Hope Drive
  • Course of date of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021
    Pre-op COVID verify date of Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021
    35 Hope Drive

Penn State Effectively being Nov. 18 metropolis hall addresses COVID points

Larger than 1,300 employees joined the Penn State Effectively being metropolis hall on Nov. 18, along with a variety of the larger than 2,400 employees who simply these days joined the system from Holy Spirit Medical Center and affiliated outpatient web sites.

  • Watch a recording of town hall.

Steve Massini, Penn State Effectively being CEO, supplied COVID-related updates and, with totally different system leaders, answered employee questions on COVID factors as cases surge and Pennsylvania officers launched new restrictions this week. Massini moreover shared how the addition of Holy Spirit along with the long term Hampden Medical Center and Lancaster Medical Center will considerably enhance Penn State Effectively being’s presence in central Pennsylvania as a result of it expands all through 5 counties.


Study confirms spit testing may help medical medical doctors diagnose concussions

Medical medical doctors may shortly be able to additional exactly diagnose concussions by measuring the number of certain molecules in a person’s saliva, based mostly on Faculty of Medicine researchers. The outcomes of a present scientific study confirmed {{that a}} affected individual’s spit may be used to help concussion prognosis in a non-invasive, non-biased vogue.

Researchers analyzed the saliva of larger than 500 study people for tiny strands of genetic supplies known as micro ribonucleic acid (microRNA). These molecules play an needed perform in cell processes and exist in extreme portions inside the thoughts. The investigators hypothesized that due to the presence of cranial nerves inside the mouth, altered microRNA ranges may level out whether or not or not a affected individual is experiencing a concussion.

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Faculty of Medicine researchers study ‘entourage influence’ in CBD study

Cannabidiol (CBD) oils are equally or a lot much less environment friendly at inhibiting the enlargement of certain most cancers cells as compared with pure CBD, based mostly on Faculty of Medicine researchers.

The outcomes of their study level out that future evaluation into the scientific functions of cannabinoids should embody an analysis of whether or not or not the pure cannabinoid compound or intact plant supplies is extra sensible at attaining the therapeutic influence.

Prior evaluation found that CBD or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can in the reduction of most cancers cell viability in some most cancers cell fashions. Proponents of medical marijuana argue that there is an additive influence between the various compounds inside the plant supplies that can improve its therapeutic efficacy as compared with explicit individual, pure cannabinoid compounds. Kent Vrana, professor and chair of the Division of Pharmacology, said that the study did not help this concept, known as the “entourage” influence.

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Holy Spirit employees reminded to complete Compass teaching by Dec. 1

Employees from Holy Spirit Medical Center and the affiliated outpatient web sites who transitioned to Penn State Effectively being on Nov. 1 have been assigned two teaching modules in Compass, the properly being system’s teaching portal: Compliance – new hire and 2020 Holy Spirit Transition Orientation.

Penn State Effectively being employees are required to complete new hire trainings inside 30 days of as soon as they transition to the properly being system. The trainings for people who formally transitioned Nov. 1 are due Tuesday, Dec. 1. Employees will acquire e mail reminders by means of Compass. Furthermore, managers will verify that their direct tales full the teaching on time.

Effectively being care organizations are required by laws to ensure employees take the compliance and cybersecurity and privateness consciousness trainings yearly. Holy Spirit employees will even be required to complete every the annual compliance and the annual cybersecurity and privateness consciousness trainings scheduled for Jan. 26 by means of April 15, 2021.

Questions regarding compliance trainings could be directed to Compliance at: [email protected]

Questions regarding cybersecurity and privateness consciousness trainings could be directed to Cybersecurity at:

[email protected]

Effectively being care sector faces credible, ongoing cyber menace

Federal authorities companies are persevering with to look at a good and ongoing cyber menace specializing in the properly being care sector. Whereas the Office of Cybersecurity and Privateness has taken movement to protect Penn State Effectively being and Penn State Faculty of Medicine, employees and school ought to keep vigilant:

  • Do not open unsolicited e mail attachments or unsolicited e mail hyperlinks.
  • Do not open unsolicited e mail attachments or unsolicited e mail hyperlinks.
  • Study for the Exterior E mail Banner and be cautious of messages from an exterior provide.
  • Report any suspicious emails using the Deal with Undesirable button in Outlook or by emailing [email protected]
  • Research additional about scams and phishing emails and ransomware.

Faculty of Medicine needs to broaden properly being care options for Native Folks

In its ongoing quest to create greater selection inside the properly being care topic, the Faculty of Medicine is in the hunt for connections with Native American medical school college students.

The Faculty of Medicine’s Office for Selection, Equity and Inclusion is in discussions with a faculty that has plenty of Native American school college students to create a pipeline for admitting these school college students to the medical school.

As part of the Evaluation on Race and Ethnicity-Based totally Disparities: RRED Talks, a session specializing in Native American and indigenous populations is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Be a part of the digital program proper right here.

“It is rather vital develop the number of Native American medical medical doctors to boost the usual of properly being care in Native American communities and combat the properly being disparities they face,” said Lynette Chappell-Williams, vp and chief selection officer of Penn State Effectively being and affiliate dean of selection and inclusion at Penn State Faculty of Medicine.

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United Technique advertising marketing campaign heads for strong finish

With merely in the end to go in Penn State Effectively being and the Faculty of Medicine’s 2020 United Technique advertising marketing campaign, 4.8% of employees have pledged their help. In case you haven’t, there’s nonetheless time. The advertising marketing campaign ends Friday, Nov. 20.

Strategies to present 

  • Hershey Medical Center, Shared Corporations and Medical Group employees: Click on on on this hyperlink: United to Give pledge web site.
  • Faculty of Medicine employees: Acquire the Faculty of Medicine United Technique pledge kind from Discipline (Penn State entry ID login required). Fill it out, save and e mail it to [email protected]

St. Joseph United Technique advertising marketing campaign exceeds intention
The St. Joseph United Technique advertising marketing campaign surpassed its intention of $20,000 by elevating $21,088 in help of United Technique of Berks County. The advertising marketing campaign ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 31 and had 4% participation from employees.

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Hershey presents on-duty school, workers Thanksgiving meal vouchers

Hershey Medical Center will make it possible for on-duty school and workers can have the benefit of a safe and socially distanced Thanksgiving meal inside the Rotunda Cafe.

Employees and school working third shift on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and first and second shifts on Thursday, Nov. 26, will be given a meal voucher valued at $12 – one voucher per explicit individual. These vouchers will be professional from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Nov. 25, and from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.

Contact Leslie Einhorn Ravitz with any questions.

Nationwide Diabetes Month shines spotlight on significance of education, help

Angie Evans is conscious of the price of diabetes education because of she’s seen it firsthand.

The Harrisburg resident watched her mother work to control her diabetes efficiently and her sister stumble – and it’s a lesson she took to coronary coronary heart.

“As long as you could be privy to managing diabetes, you might dwell with it,” said Evans, who was acknowledged with Type 2 diabetes when she was in her mid-20s and with a variety of sclerosis a decade later.

All through November―Nationwide Diabetes Month―and every totally different month, Penn State PaTH to Effectively being’s diabetes problem seeks to help and educate people residing with any kind of diabetes. Its website hosts current articles on diabetes (along with diabetes and COVID-19), biannual study newsletters and diabetic-friendly recipes.

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Hershey Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine alter temperature settings for worth monetary financial savings

To help preserve their doc of energy conservation, Hershey Medical Center and the Faculty of Medicine are adjusting the settings of its heating, air stream and air-con objects all through nighttime or unoccupied cases.

The method may save the properly being system and the Faculty an entire bunch of 1000’s of {{dollars}} on its energy funds.

On account of current occupancy and train ranges, the facilities workers has evaluated and enhanced the current air-con and heating settings. The campus method is designed to allow a 2-degree drift on each side of the established thermostat setting. For example, if a thermostat is prepared at 72 ranges, the exact temperature inside the space may differ from 70 to 74 ranges.

The method would not embody areas with vital temperature requirements, similar to affected individual areas, working rooms, pharmacy or animal holding areas.

Annual worth monetary financial savings estimates:

  • Faculty of Medicine (Crescent buildings) ― $300,000
  • Faculty Physician Center ― $35,000
  • 30 Hope Drive ― $65,000

The method comes from the 2009 leadership-sponsored energy administration plan initiated in 2009. Since then, the current annual energy worth monetary financial savings from this technique totals $3.1 million, with an basic complete energy worth monetary financial savings of $18 million.

Pay 4 Play on WQXA 105.7 The X raises $315,981 for Children’s Hospital

The 14th annual Of us’s Pay 4 Play on WQXA 105.7 The X on Nov. 12 and 13 raised $315,981.35 for Children’s Miracle Neighborhood (CMN) at Penn State Children’s Hospital. That brings the event’s 14-year fundraising tally to $2.39 million.

Jen Shade, Nipsey and Robb from The Of us’s Morning Current hosted the 28-hour event. Listeners made a donation for a music request. As a consequence of COVID-19, mates joined a video dwell stream practically. Quite a lot of victims and their households shared why children can’t sit up for COVID-19 to be over. They proceed to need life-saving care and essential family-centered packages at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

“Daily and every hour, children at Penn State Children’s Hospital like my daughter Kennedy need procedures and CMN-funded packages like Teen Life, which makes use of developmental psychology to anticipate what a child needs,” said Jayna Davis of Harrisburg. “For a person like me who lives 1,200 miles away from household and mates, Teen Life has been essential to my welfare as a mom and to Kennedy’s enchancment as a child.”

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Nominations for I AM Affected individual Safety Achievement awards due Nov. 23

Hershey Medical Center’s Division of Affected individual Safety is accepting nominations for the Pennsylvania Affected individual Safety Authority’s 8th Annual I AM Affected individual Safety Achievement awards until Monday, Nov. 23. Submit nominations to acknowledge folks or teams from any Penn State Effectively being entity.

The award acknowledges properly being care workers for his or her explicit individual or collective dedication to adopting affected individual safety biggest practices and decreasing affected individual damage.

Descriptions of all 10 award courses and a nomination kind are proper right here, or go to the Affected individual Safety Infonet net web page. The Division of Affected individual Safety will forward all nominations to the Pennsylvania Affected individual Safety Authority for consideration. The Authority will resolve the nominations and announce the winners Feb. 2, 2021.

Contact the Division of Affected individual Safety with questions.

Faculty of Medicine pandemic response Friday round-up – week of Nov. 9-13

Faculty of Medicine leaders updated school, workers and school college students on Nov. 13 regarding the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • This week, we had a few instances of COVID unfold happen in small gatherings amongst school college students with out masks (every instances have been asymptomatic and have been caught all through surveillance testing).
  • Registration is now open for school college students to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 testing sooner than leaving for Thanksgiving break. Compulsory testing earlier to returning to campus after Thanksgiving and winter trip breaks is being thought-about.
  • The Faculty has extended asymptomatic testing to Faculty of Medicine school and workers who work on campus and need to be examined.
  • At current, there should not any plans to implement a quarantine interval for school and workers who will journey domestically all through Thanksgiving and winter breaks, nonetheless we urge extreme warning to attenuate COVID publicity. See the updated journey and quarantine ideas.

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Wellness Wednesday – Cooking extra wholesome Thanksgiving turkey

Turkey is the first attraction at most Thanksgiving dinners – and that’s an excellent issue. It’s considered one of many extra wholesome selections you might choose for a meal acknowledged for fat, sodium and carbs.

Uncertain what part of the turkey is healthiest to eat? In case you’re watching power or fat, listed below are some stats to consider (based mostly totally on a 4-ounce serving):

  • Rooster with pores and pores and skin – 185 power, 1.4 grams of saturated fat, 33 grams of protein
  • Rooster with out pores and pores and skin – 158 power, 0.4 grams of saturated fat, 34 grams of protein
  • Darkish meat with pores and pores and skin – 206 power, 2.4 grams of saturated fat, 33 grams of protein
  • Darkish meat with out pores and pores and skin – 183 power, 1.6 grams of saturated fat, 33 grams of protein

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For additional wellness property go to the PRO Wellness BeWell Employee Wellness website.

Understanding microaggressions, unconscious bias: Share your tales by Nov. 25

Penn State Effectively being asks employees to share their experiences of microaggressions or unconscious bias ― each in or outside of the workplace ― by means of a short video, image or e mail.

Submissions are due Wednesday, Nov. 25. They’ll be utilized in a video confirmed to all current employees and thru New Employee Orientation.

Add a selfie image or video (30 seconds or a lot much less) or ship a short description of the experience to [email protected]

The Penn State Effectively being video will introduce a systemwide education teaching set to begin out on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The video will current examples of microaggressions and unconscious bias and simple strategies to converse up in opposition to them in a constructive method as an “upstander.”

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Self-ID program: Change incapacity standing in Pulse/Lawson by Nov. 23

Penn State Effectively being is asking employees with disabilities to voluntarily exchange or create their incapacity standing inside the Pulse/Lawson system by Monday, Nov. 23. The Self-ID program, coordinated by the Office for Selection, Equity and Inclusion, will help the properly being system understand the way in which it may possibly improve the work environment for employees with disabilities.

See the Folks with Disabilities Act guidelines of acknowledged disabilities.

To exchange your standing, log in to Pulse/Lawson. Select “My Profile” and scroll proper right down to “Non-public Information.” Inside the Incapacity topic, select certain or no and click on on on the “save” button.

The data is confidential and might solely be used internally. The broad outcomes will be shared with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Packages, which is a federal requirement. For questions, e mail [email protected]

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Fall Nursing Award winners acquire funding to advance expert progress

Eighteen nurses from Penn State Effectively being have been honored inside the 12th Annual Fall Nursing Awards for glorious affected individual care {{and professional}} achievements.

The recipients will use the awards, which ranged from $500 to $4,000, to further their academic education, attend educated nursing conference, pursue innovation or acquire community-based aims. An entire of $32,100 was distributed.

See the whole guidelines of winners.

Obstetrics/gynecology resident Chase honored for distinctive educating

Dr. Tess Chase, an obstetrics/gynecology resident at Hershey Medical Center, was honored in November 2020 as part of the Distinctive Moments in Educating program of Penn State Effectively being and the Faculty of Medicine.

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Employees honored for work milestones

Congratulations to the subsequent Penn State Effectively being employees who’re celebrating a milestone work anniversary between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17. They put our values ­into movement day-after-day:

35 Years of Service

  • Dianna Fidler, Medical Information, Hershey
  • Cherryl Ranta, Cardiology, Holy Spirit

30 Years of Service

  • Terry Kreiser, Companies Buildings and Grounds, Hershey
  • Tracey Smith, Revenue Integrity, Hershey
  • Carey Wilson, My Go to, Holy Spirit

25 Years of Service

  • Jill Enck, Working Room, Hershey

20 Years of Service

  • Kent Eckerd, Strategic Planning and Ambulatory Corporations, Hershey
  • Michelle Sholly, Penn State Effectively being Medical Group – Mechanicsburg

15 Years of Service

  • Melissa Adams, Labor and Provide, Hershey
  • Beth Andrews, Penn State Most cancers Institute Outpatient Pharmacy, Hershey
  • Jean Bruggemeier, Neurology, Hershey
  • Michelle Davis, Ophthalmology, Hershey
  • Karen Demko, Perianesthesia, Hershey
  • Mary Geib, Affected individual Entry, Hershey
  • Jennifer Goumas, Pediatrics Help Corporations, Hershey
  • Paul Hurst, Receiving and Supply, Hershey
  • Sean Irwin, Affected individual Entry, Hershey
  • Dana Lesh, Scientific Staffing Office, Hershey
  • Ashley Lutz, Penn State Effectively being Medical Group – Lime Spring
  • Emily Pinos, Pediatric Essential Care, Hershey
  • Eric Saylor, Automated Testing Lab, Hershey
  • Jennifer Swierczynski, Anesthesiology, Hershey
  • Lisa Vonhauser, Medical Image Administration, Hershey
  • Robin Wolferd, Affected individual Entry, Hershey

10 Years of Service

  • Richard Ziegler, Information Corporations – Scientific, Hershey

Employees are acknowledged for his or her time at Penn State Effectively being. Recognition begins on the 10th anniversary and is given in five-year increments. Employees from every entity inside Penn State Effectively being are included in these recognitions, nonetheless not every entity may have an employee with a chunk anniversary all through this time interval. For questions on work anniversary dates, contact the HR Reply Center at [email protected] or 717-531-8440.

Saying thanks

Have you ever ever witnessed a colleague or division going above and previous? Inform us about it by ending this fashion. We’ll embody it in our Thanks and Kudos perform on Mondays.

TO: Virology lab, Penn State Children’s Hospital

From: Terry Shapiro, nurse practitioner, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant, Penn State Children’s Hospital

The pandemic has affected lots in how we glance after victims, significantly our pediatric stem cell transplant victims. Although COVID-19 has eclipsed plenty of the totally different viruses of significance to our victims, we rely carefully on our capability to verify for lots of various viruses that could be lethal to the kids we glance after. Whatever the added stress of COVID-19 testing, the workers in our Virology lab come by means of time and time as soon as extra! Although they in no way have the prospect to see these children’ faces, they’re on a regular basis ready to go the extra mile to verify our children a variety of time every week for a myriad of additional viruses. Such a patient-focused division! Shout out to Julia, Jeri, Angie (s), and Dr. Inexperienced! We could be unable to optimally take care of the Stem Cell Transplant victims with out their tireless dedication.


St. Joseph proclaims trip pie sale

To help employees put collectively for Thanksgiving, St. Joseph Medical Center’s Meals and Food plan Corporations is fixed its customized of selling freshly made pies.

Baked the day sooner than pickup, the 10-inch pies are $10.99 for apple, pumpkin or pecan and $15.99 for outdated model cherry, outdated model blueberry or fruits of the forest pie, which is a combination of strawberries, apples, raspberries, rhubarb and blackberries. To order, e mail Erik Aponte by noon Monday, Nov. 23. Employees can resolve up pies Wednesday, Nov. 25, in St. Joseph Medical Center’s cafeteria.