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Support Group To Meet November 2, 2018

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting at the Hershey Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. Attendees should use the main entrance and go upstairs to room T2500.

Dr. Eugene Lengerich will be the guest speaker. He is an epidemiologist who develops, tests, and disseminates evidence-based strategies for the clinic and public health.

For more information, readers may contact Theda at 717-531-3028 or


Smoking Cessation Program Set November 1, 2018

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health's Wellness Center is offering a free tobacco cessation program. The "Ready to Quit!" group class will meet on Tuesdays from Nov. 13 through Dec. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Suburban Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

During this six-week program, resources, information and support will be provided. Topics covered in this course will be preparing to quit, planning for change, recovery symptoms, coping strategies and many other techniques to help in the journey to becoming tobacco-free.

Registration is required. For more information or to enroll, readers may call 888-544-4636 or visit


WellSpan Announces President, CEO October 31, 2018

The board of directors of WellSpan Health announced the appointment of Roxanna L. Gapstur, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., as the next president and chief executive officer of central Pennsylvania's largest and only locally governed health system, effective Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. She will succeed Dr. Kevin H. Mosser, who will retire on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

A native of Minnesota, Gapstur currently serves as president of Methodist Hospital and senior vice president of HealthPartners, a Minnesota-based integrated health plan and care delivery organization. She also provides senior executive oversight of HealthPartners' Hutchinson Health and, through a management services agreement, Glencoe Regional Health Services.

As a senior vice president at HealthPartners, Gapstur has played an instrumental role in supporting the growth of the organization in the western Minnesota market through a recent merger and affiliation with regional expansion of specialty care; post-acute partnerships; operational leadership of care management strategies for high-risk populations with multiple payers, including a Next Generation accountable care organization; and one of the executive sponsors of quality improvement across six hospitals.

Under her leadership, Methodist Hospital has received multiple awards and distinctions for quality and safety, including a 2018 Citation of Merit from the American Hospital Association's Quest for Quality Prize, HealthGrades Top 100 Hospitals, Truven Analytics Top 100 Hospitals, Truven Everest Award, Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals, and U.S. News and World Report regional leader.

Gapstur holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn.; a master's degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota; and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband will relocate to central Pennsylvania soon.

To learn more, readers may visit


LG Health Sets Blood Drives October 25, 2018

LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed.

Seven blood drives are scheduled in November. Donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Thursday, Nov. 15, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Third Floor Balcony James Street, Lancaster; Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 111 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville; and Thursday, Nov. 29, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

Community members may also self-schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting


Free Flu Shots Available For First Responders October 24, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit will offer free flu shots for all first responders on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill. The free flu shot clinics are open to dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and paramedics.

No appointment is necessary. Partucipants are asked to enter the Geisinger Holy Spirit campus from Poplar Church Road and follow signs to the discharge ambulance entrance. For more information, readers may contact Chris Bolock at 717-972-4929 or


Health Care System Launches Capital Campaign October 23, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle recently held a gala to launch a $10 million fundraising campaign, called Labor of Love, for its new Women and Babies Center. The new center is under construction at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg and is being named in honor of the campaign's honorary chair, Brad Hollinger of Mechanicsburg. Hollinger's $4 million donation to Women and Babies is the single largest contribution from an individual or family in UPMC Pinnacle's history. Hollinger Tower will house new, technologically advanced postpartum and neonatal intensive care units and address the multifaceted needs of women and babies.

Hollinger's mother, children, and grandchildren were born at Harrisburg Hospital. His mother also worked as a nurse at the hospital.

UPMC Pinnacle welcomes nearly 4,000 babies a year, and this number is expected to grow. After 20 years, the hospital is in need of significant upgrades and expansion of its maternity services.

With its planned completion in spring 2019, the Women and Babies Center will offer a dedicated elevator bank located at the main hospital entrance that travels directly to the eighth-floor welcome center. Enhancements to existing labor and delivery facilities will include eight new intake exam rooms and two new floors added to the Alex Grass Medical Science Building on the corner of Second and Chestnut streets. Also, the eighth floor will house a new maternity/postpartum unit with additional space for family members and enhanced technology. The new ninth floor will house a new, 42-private-bed, state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The center will also include a new operating room and upgrades to the current operating rooms, as well as a dedicated space for lactation services.

The new Women and Babies Center is being built with noise-reducing materials to allow for a setting more conducive to healing. The patient-centered design maximizes the therapeutic effects, including natural lighting; larger, efficiently designed patient rooms; and a better workflow for nurses and physicians. The total cost of the project is $57 million.

For more information, readers may visit


Nurses Announced As Awards Finalists October 22, 2018

Three nurses from WellSpan Health have been selected as finalists for the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. Kimberly Bahata, regional director of case management operations, WellSpan Health; Vicki Fern, care coordinator, WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center in Lebanon; and Heather Rivera, clinical nurse, WellSpan York Hospital, are among the 27 statewide finalists in 10 award categories.

Bahata is a finalist in the Nursing Administration - Leader/Manager category, Fern in the Community Nursing category, and Rivera in the Clinical Practice RN category. The finalists were selected from more than 100 nominations received from across the state.

Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania finalists were to be honored and the winners were to be announced during the organization's 29th annual gala on Oct. 26 near Harrisburg.

Previous Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania winners from WellSpan Health include Kris O'Shea, Abigail Strouse, Emily Huggins, and Leah Birch.

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a statewide philanthropic organization whose purpose is to create, cultivate, and support environments where professional nursing achievements are valued. For more information, readers may visit


Cancer Research Grants Available October 22, 2018

As part of their ongoing clinical collaboration, WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center announced the launch of a new cancer research grant program. The WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Cancer Health Services Research Fund is aimed at supporting research that has the potential to deliver a sustainable product in the field of cancer-related health services research by leveraging the Epic electronic health record.

Award winners will be known as WellSpan Scholars and will be expected to further the field of health services research by asking questions relevant to cancer and those patients who are at risk for, who have, or who are survivors of the disease. WellSpan Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center - one of the nation's leaders in research and innovation - last year announced a clinical collaboration aimed at benefiting patients living with cancer in Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties.

This collaboration provides expanded access for eligible WellSpan patients to clinical trials at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. WellSpan's coordinated network of cancer centers include WellSpan Adams Cancer Center in Gettysburg, WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center in Lebanon, WellSpan York Cancer Center and Cherry Tree Cancer Center in Hanover. The collaboration also provides WellSpan cancer physicians with second opinion services from Johns Hopkins specialists who frequently treat the most complex cases.

WellSpan and Johns Hopkins officials anticipate that the WellSpan-Johns Hopkins Cancer Health Services Research Fund will fund two grants per year for up to $100,000 in direct costs for each project in one year. Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 12. For more information or to receive a referral to a WellSpan cancer specialist, readers may visit


Hospital Posts Traffic Changes October 17, 2018

WellSpan York Hospital is now experiencing traffic changes on its campus as a result of a construction project near the hospital's main entrance, effective Oct. 15. The project at the north entrance of the hospital requires the partial closure of the traffic circle adjacent to the main entrance.

All vehicle traffic approaching the main entrance of the hospital from Rathton Road will be rerouted through the first entrance of the main visitor parking garage, just across from the Medical Education Pavilion. Traffic will exit the garage to the main entrance. Motorists will then be routed around the open portion of the traffic circle, back through the garage and out toward the Rathton Road exit.

In addition, the rabbittransit bus stop as well as the stop for the shuttle running between the hospital and the Apple Hill Health Campus is temporarily relocated from the vicinity of the main entrance to the Emergency Department entrance.

The traffic detour and related changes are expected to be in place for about a year.


Wellness Classes Posted October 16, 2018

WellSpan will offer wellness classes on subjects from CPR to quitting smoking. Unless noted, classes will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. There is a cost for each class.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, at Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland. A registered dietitian will share how to read food labels, save money, and make healthier choices.

Heartsaver Adult, Child, and Infant CPR with AED Training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The course teaches CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants, and also provides instruction on the automated external defibrillator (AED).

A Safe Sitter class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Designed for youths ages 11 to 14, the class teaches babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills.


Cancer Study Session Planned October 9, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit will host a free information session on the Detect cancer research study on Monday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, 204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg. The research study is open only to female Geisinger patients ages 65 to 75 with no prior history of cancer. The session is open to everyone and will provide an overview of the study and other precision medicine projects enrolling at Geisinger locations.

To register, readers may visit, email, or call 717-972-4289. All preregistered guests will receive a Geisinger Holy Spirit gift bag at check-in.


Diabetes Control Programs Posted October 3, 2018

WellSpan will offer programs to help people manage their diabetes. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. Cost varies by insurance provider.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 27. The class will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. The program includes 10 hours of group instruction, an initial assessment with a registered dietitian and registered nurse, and a follow-up. A family member or friend may attend as a support person.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes Review will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 15 and 22, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. It is for people who have completed the 10-hour class. The program reviews meal planning, carbohydrate counting, recipe modification, treatment options, and goal setting.


WellSpan Ephrata Posts Programs September 12, 2018

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host a variety of classes. Unless otherwise noted, readers may register for the programs by calling 717-721-8790.

WellSpan will offer a HealthTalk in September. Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 855-237-4222.

"Chronic Shoulder Pain? Learn About Options for Relief" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Fieldcrest Great Room, Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Joy Long of the Lancaster Orthopedic Group will discuss shoulder-related problems such as pain, arthritis and rotator cuff injuries, and the latest surgical techniques to repair the shoulder.

Surgery for Weight Loss will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. Attendees will learn more about WellSpan's bariatric surgery program. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer programs to manage diabetes. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The class will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. A family member or friend may attend as a support person. The cost will vary by insurance provider.

Participants will learn how to live a healthier, active life in series of programs, which will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, unless noted. To register for any program, readers may call 717-721-8790. There a fee for each program.

I Can Challenge will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Nov. 11. This program is for individuals with a chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or obesity, and gives them the tools and support they need to set goals, eat healthy, manage stress and get fit.

Healthy You will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 and 31. Healthy You is a program for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy and be active. Participants will learn ideas to increase daily physical activity, choose healthy foods, lose and maintain weight, set goals and overcome barriers.

Healthy You will also be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 18 and 25, Oct. 2 and 9, and Nov. 6.

A Grocery Store Tour will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Weaver Markets, 2610 N. Reading Road, Adamstown. A registered dietitian will direct a tour of the aisles of the supermarket, providing information on reading food labels and comparison shopping to save money and make healthier choices.


Support Group Scheduled September 12, 2018

The Spiritual Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a five-week bereavement support group that will be held in the Spiritual Care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The group is open to anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. Each week's focus will assist participants in understanding how to cope with grief and how to develop the skills necessary to turn mourning into memories. The facilitator will be Sister Mary Joan Smith, director of Spiritual Care Services at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118.


Community Blood Drives Scheduled August 27, 2018

Penn Medicine LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. All blood collected during the drives will benefit patients at Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Lancaster General Hospital, and Women and Babies Hospital. Blood donors must be in good health, be age 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be well hydrated, eat a healthful meal within four hours before donating and bring a form of identification. No appointments are needed.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Penn Medicine LG Health Blood Donor Center at the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1, or by visiting The Blood Donor Center hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are suggested at the donor center to reduce wait time.

Unless otherwise noted, blood donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Blood drives will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Thursday, Sept. 6, at Wrightsdale Baptist Church, 310 Little Britain Road, Peach Bottom; Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 163 N. Frederick St., Millersville; Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 111 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville; Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Third Floor Balcony, James Street, Lancaster; Thursday, Sept. 27, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown; and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1136 Sunwood Lane, Lancaster.


Opioid Epidemic Series Announced August 14, 2018

Lancaster County Joining Forces, through the partnership of Compass Mark and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, will offer a free series addressing the opioid epidemic in Lancaster County. Sessions will be held at the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27.

On Aug. 23, the topic will be "How to Help a Loved One Struggling With Drug Use." "How to Talk to Children About Drugs" will be presented on Sept. 27.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Readers may visit to register for one or both sessions.


LG Health Receives Donation August 8, 2018


Appointments, Awards Posted August 2, 2018

To recognize the achievements of faculty, staff, students, and volunteers at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine, appointments and awards were compiled for March 1 through June 30.

Dr. Shelly Timmons has been named president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). She is the second woman to be named AANS president and the first female neurosurgeon to hold the role. 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.

The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society (PaPS) has elected Dr. Ahmad Hameed to serve as president from June 2018 to June 2019. Hameed is associate professor of psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, vice chair of education in the Department of Psychiatry, and the director of adult partial hospital program at Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Timothy Craig joined the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) board of directors as an at-large director. Craig is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and section chief of allergy/immunology at Hershey Medical Center.

Kathy Law was appointed to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority board of directors. The board leads the organization's mission of improving the quality of health care and finding solutions to patient safety issues. Law is the vice president of nursing, perioperative services at Hershey Medical Center. She also serves as a member of the center's Patient Safety Committee and Diversity Council.

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health, and senior vice president for health affairs at Penn State, appointed four faculty members as assistant deans in the College of Medicine, effective July 1. Nancy Adams is the assistant dean for foundational sciences; she was the director of foundational sciences. Dr. Todd Felix is the assistant dean for clinical medicine; he previously served as the director of core clinical medicine. Dr. Shou Ling Leong is the assistant dean for pathways innovation; she was the director of accelerated pathways and longitudinal integrated clerkships. Ira Ropson is the assistant dean for medical student research; Ropson was the director of medical student research.

Dr. Robert Harbaugh has been named senior vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group. Harbaugh is a distinguished professor at Penn State College of Medicine and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. He will remain chair of neurosurgery, but as he assumes his new role in the Medical Group, he will step down as director of Penn State Neuroscience Institute.

Dr. Krish Sathian became director of the Neuroscience Institute on July 1. Sathian is professor of neurology at Penn State College of Medicine and chair of the Department of Neurology. Sathian came to Penn State Health last July from Emory University.

Jim Bohenick now serves in a new role as vice president, strategic integration for Penn State Health, and will manage the integration of new partnerships and affiliations. Bohenick joined Penn State Health in May 2017 as director of system business development.

Jeanette Gibbs joined the organization as vice president, community practice for Penn State Health Medical Group in April. Gibbs will play a lead role in the development and operations of the Medical Group. She was previously the chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the University of Maryland Community Medical Group.

Dr. Joseph Gascho, a cardiologist with Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute and professor of medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, and Celeste Bailey, a 2018 College of Medicine graduate, were honored with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. The peer-nominated award recognizes medical school faculty members and graduating students who demonstrate clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care.

Dr. Lori Frasier, director of the Penn State Center for the Protection of Children, has been honored for her contributions to the field of child abuse pediatrics with the Helfer Society Award. The Ray E. Helfer Society is an international organization dedicated to treating and preventing child abuse.

Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital earned a Bronze Award for Excellence from the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Institutional Advancement. Awarded in the Electronic Communication category, Four Diamonds' video series, "Honesty and Strength to Conquer Childhood Cancer," raises awareness of its mission to conquer childhood cancer.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has again awarded Penn State Children's Heart Group a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery - the highest designation available. The STS represents cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and other health care professionals.

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) at Penn State Children's Hospital was presented with two national awards at the CMN Hospitals conference in Orlando. For the 10th straight year, the CMN program was awarded the highest fundraising award ($4,667,629) and the highest fundraising per capita award ($2.57) for CMN Hospitals serving a population of between 1 million and 3 million.

John Morahan, president and CEO of Penn State Health St. Joseph, was named an Outstanding Community Partner by the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU). The award is presented to top Berks County leaders who volunteer and advocate for BCIU. Morahan has led the Stop the Bleed program, which teaches bystanders of an emergency how to stop life-threatening bleeding. Penn State Health St. Joseph provides training and Stop the Bleed kits to all Berks County school districts at no cost.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons presented Dr. Robert Harbaugh with the Distinguished Service Award, one of its highest honors. It recognizes exemplary service to the association and the field of neurosurgery and pays tribute to the contributions of remarkable people within their profession.

Pennsylvania Medical Society named five Penn State Health doctors among its top physicians under 40: Dr. Todd Felix, a family physician at Penn State Health Medical Group - Nyes Road; Dr. Benjamin Fogel, who serves as medical director of the largest pediatric primary care center at Penn State Health; Dr. Andrew Lutzkanin III, a family medicine physician with advanced training in obstetrical care at Penn State Health Medical Group - Middletown; Dr. Michael Pfeiffer, a cardiologist at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute; and Dr. Hyma Polimera, a hospitalist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


UPMC Pinnacle Receives Grant August 1, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle was one of three state organizations named to receive a PAC-MAT grant to help battle the state's opioid addiction crisis. With PAC-MAT funding, UPMC Pinnacle will strengthen its current medical-assisted treatment (MAT) and case management services to patients within the health system's outpatient sites in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties.

UPMC Pinnacle Center for Addiction Recovery, 2501 N. Third St., Harrisburg, will serve as the hub and bring together primary, secondary, and tertiary care providers, as well as community and hospital administration members, to build on an addiction treatment program that increases access to care, reduces health care costs, and improves quality. This will include increasing drug and alcohol screenings within the broader network of providers, creating a Care Map for patients to research care patterns, establishing a community network of case management support, and broadening the use of MAT throughout the region by breaking down stigmas and barriers to care.

In the PAC-MAT model of treatment, an addiction specialist physician is at the center of the hub, providing expert guidance and support to primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state. Serving as the spokes, primary care physicians provide direct patient care, including the medication-assisted treatment prescription. Patients also are connected to drug and alcohol counseling in their communities.

These grants are funded through the second 21st Century CURES grant, a $26.5 million federal grant the state received to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for substance-use disorder.

The UPMC Pinnacle Center for Addiction Recovery is a comprehensive addiction clinic. The center connects individuals facing an opioid use disorder to treatment through the use of medication assisted treatment.

For more information, readers may visit


Mobile App Aids Mothers-To-Be July 30, 2018

WellSpan Health offers a new mobile app to help expectant mothers more easily follow their care plan and access customizable resources and educational content during their pregnancy. In addition to the latest resources and educational content, the Babyscripts app allows expectant mothers to access their prenatal health care professional's care plan through simple, weekly tasks, and tracking.

The app is the latest way WellSpan supports soon-to-be mothers and their families. This new mobile platform will serve as a complement to the care provided by the women's health team at WellSpan in a way that keeps patients engaged while reducing the number of checkup appointments needed.

WellSpan launched the Babyscripts app to pregnant patients in WellSpan OB/GYN practices across the region. For more on maternity care at WellSpan, readers may visit

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