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WellSpan Joins In Program June 22, 2017

WellSpan Health has announced its participation in the 2017 Donate Life Hospital Challenge, carried out by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, and Gift of Life Donor Program. The Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages hospitals to raise awareness of the importance of organ, eye and tissue donations.

Nationally, more than 122,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant - including more than 8,500 people just in Pennsylvania. A single donor can save eight lives and positively impact hundreds more.

WellSpan was recently recognized for its commitment to organ, eye and tissue donations during last year's challenge, with WellSpan York Hospital receiving the Platinum Award for its support of the campaign. In addition, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital received Gold awards. Overall, WellSpan Health received the health system Platinum Award and was recognized with second place among the top performers in the southeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information about becoming an organ donor, readers may visit


Bicycle Repair Station Unveiled June 15, 2017

The American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lancaster General (LG) Health/Penn Medicine recently unveiled a new bicycle repair station at the Lancaster train station. This is the third bicycle repair station to be installed in the city by the American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute at LG Health. The first two repair stations were installed at Binns Park and outside the Central Market in 2016.

The new repair station is located on the west side of the train station building, between a series of bicycle racks and the future site of a bike share station. The public bicycle repair stations include equipment to inflate tires and change bolts, along with other tools.

A fourth bicycle repair station is scheduled to be installed along the WERT trail in Warwick Township later in the summer. The bicycle repair station projects are part of a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute to encourage the people of Lancaster County to live healthier, more active lifestyles.

To learn more about the American Heart Association, readers may call 800-AHA-USA1 or visit


Wellness Classes Posted June 13, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health Wellness Center has posted two classes.

A 10-week "Healthy Changes. Healthy You. Adult Weight Management" class will be offered on Tuesdays, June 20 to Sept. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. The classes will be held at LG Health Kissel Hill, 51 Peters Road, Lititz, in the conference room.

Participants will learn simple solutions to food and exercise challenges, as well as information about practical changes that will pave the way for an overall healthier lifestyle. The class will be taught by a registered dietitian.

There is a fee for the class, but insurance companies may provide reimbursement. Individuals may contact their provider for details. Registration is required.

For more information or to enroll, readers may call 888-LGH-INFO or visit

A class titled "Imagine Your Best Self" will take place on Monday, June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LG Health Columbia, 306 N. Seventh St., Columbia, in the lunch room.

Attendees will learn how to set attainable wellness goals, leave unhealthy habits in the past, and stay motivated to live a healthier future. The class is one of four free Wellness 101 classes offered on Monday evenings at LG Health locations throughout Lancaster County.

The program is free, but readers must call 717-544-4636 or visit to register for one or all of the group classes.


Organization Makes Donation June 8, 2017

The American Heart Association recently donated more than 50 infant CPR kits, electronic tablets and educational resources to Lancaster General Health Women and Babies Hospital. The donation was made possible by the funds raised at the 2016 Go Red for Women Pursenalities Party held on Nov. 7.

The infant CPR kits and educational materials in English and Spanish will be provided to families with children born with congenital heart defects at Women and Babies Hospital throughout the year. The tablets may be used by families while in the hospital to provide an additional resource for information and for fun activities to pass the time while waiting for procedures.

The Pursenalities Party featured opportunities to bid on designer purses. The event was co-chaired by Sandy Brightbill and Heather Rineer.

The Pursenalities Party is part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, which aims to fight heart disease and stroke among women. The campaign also includes the Lancaster Go Red for Women Luncheon, which was held on May 5.

The 2017 Pursenalities Party will be held in the fall. For more information, readers may contact Bill Coder at 717-207-4230 or visit More details about Go Red For Women are available by visiting or calling 888-694-3278.


Fire Responders Receive Donation June 7, 2017

Local first responders recently received donations of pet oxygen mask kits from Invisible Fence of Southern PA. The White Rose Ambulance Company received four kits, and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services received seven kits. The masks will allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires.

The donation is part of Project Breathe, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. More than 18,200 pet oxygen masks have been donated through the program. Fire personnel may make requests for their own departments at


Weight Management Class Posted June 7, 2017

The Lancaster General Health Wellness Center will offer a 10-week class titled "Healthy Changes. Healthy You. Adult Weight Management" on Tuesdays from June 20 to Sept. 5, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The classes will be held at LG Health Kissel Hill, Conference Room, 51 Peters Road, Lititz.

Participants will learn simple solutions to the food and exercise challenges people face in today's society, as well as information about practical changes that will pave the way for an overall healthier lifestyle. The class will be taught by a registered dietitian.

There is a fee for the class, but many insurance companies reimburse for classes such as these. Individuals may contact their provider for details. For more information or to enroll, readers may call 888-LGH-INFO or visit


WellSpan Slates Wellness Programs June 6, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer a variety of wellness programs. To register for any program, readers may call the health center at 717-721-8790. There is a cost to participate.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12, at Weis Markets, 331 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. A dietitian will lead the tour, providing information on food labels and comparison shopping.

Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Designed for children ages 11 to 14, the class will teach babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills.


Community Blood Drives Posted June 6, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health has announced its June community blood drives. Donation takes approximately 45 minutes. World Blood Donor Day is Wednesday, June 14.

Blood drives will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will be held on the following dates: Wednesday, June 14, from noon to 5 p.m. at Woodstream Corporation, 69 N. Locust St., Lititz; Thursday, June 15, at Manheim Brethren in Christ, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim; Tuesday, June 20, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Thursday, June 22, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., third-floor balcony, James Street, Lancaster; Tuesday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at LGH Burle Industries, 1040 New Holland Pike, Building 12A, Lancaster; Wednesday, June 28, at Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers; and Thursday, June 29, at Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse.

Blood donors must be at least age 16 and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed, but photo identification must be presented.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting


Medical Center Announces News June 1, 2017

To recognize the achievements of faculty, staff, students and volunteers at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, several appointments and awards of public interest were announced.

Penn State Health recently appointed Kimberly Lansford as its chief compliance officer. Lansford brings broad experience in the areas of compliance, operations and risk management with organizations similar to Penn State Health, including a Children's Hospital and a Catholic health care organization. She joins Penn State Health from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa, where she was the chief compliance officer.

Dr. Shelly Timmons has been named president-elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). She is the first female neurosurgeon to be named to this role or to be chosen as president of any national neurosurgical organization. Timmons is professor of neurosurgery at Penn State College of Medicine, vice chair of administration in the Department of Neurosurgery, and the director of neurotrauma at Hershey Medical Center.

Penn State has named health economist Christopher Hollenbeak head of the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the College of Health and Human Development. His appointment will be effective Tuesday, Aug. 15. Hollenbeak joins the department after serving as a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine, where he most recently served as professor of surgery and public health sciences. He is also chief of the Division of Outcomes Research and Quality and associate director of the Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics.

Patricia Silveyra, assistant professor of pediatrics and a research associate at Penn State College of Medicine, was recognized with the university's "All In at Penn State" achievement award. Silveyra is one of two recipients of the honor, designed to recognize a student, faculty, or staff member for embodying the university's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Recipients received a $1,500 stipend.

Dr. Chandrika Gowda, assistant professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, has been recognized as one of the nation's top young medical researchers. Gowda received the 2017 Young Investigator Award from The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, an annual award that recognizes excellence in research in the field. Gowda's current research focuses on treating a specific subset of pediatric leukemia patients.

Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Children's Hospital was presented with two national awards at the CMN Hospitals conference in Orlando, Fla. For the ninth straight year, the program was awarded the highest fundraising award ($4,649,890) and highest amount raised per capita ($2.56) for CMN Hospitals serving a population of 1 to 3 million people. Also at the conference, Nipsey, Jen Shade, and Earl David Reed of "The People's Morning Show" on WQXA-FM 105.7 "The X" were presented with the 2016 English Radio Personalities of the Year award for their support of CMN Hershey through the annual People's Pay 4 Play, which has raised $1.2 million in 10 years.

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs, has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for his contributions to increasing diversity and promoting opportunities for students and faculty. The award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities. Hillemeier is featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of "INSIGHT Into Diversity" magazine.

Penn State Children's Hospital has once again earned a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery - the highest available - from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The latest analysis of national data covers a four-year period, from July 2012 to June 2016, and includes most of the congenital heart surgery programs in the U.S. The Children's Hospital is one of 11 in the nation to receive a three-star rating. The comprehensive report is based on data about outcomes and mortality across the full spectrum of congenital heart operations.


Elbow Pain? What We Can Do to Help" June 1, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer support groups to the community. The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 12, in the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-5750.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at WellSpan's Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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