Fitbits, Apple watches and other personal tracking devices offer a wide variety of health-related bells and whistles — but Geisinger’s Dr. Timothy Doyle urges patients to not ignore the most simple of these functions.
When Dr. Thomas Dominick ran into Melinda Barrett at a gas station in early August, he was a little surprised to see her hopping out of a white Jeep. That’s because just a few short weeks earlier, Dominick had performed hip replacement surgery on her.
Dr. Maria Kobylinski, chair of primary care for Geisinger, oversees the operations of Geisinger’s 44 primary care practices and has noticed a number of changes in the past 10 or 15 years. Among them are the prevalence of urgent care facilities, the influence of online communication and educa…
In the past, and going into the 2020s at Evangelical Community Hospital, decisions continue to be made based on one primary focus: the patients. To that end, the hospital is concentrating on recruiting and retaining an engaged workforce.
On groomed trails and backcountry terrain, with groups of friends or in solitude, on frigid mornings or under the light of the full moon, cross-country skiers will take to the woods of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio this winter.
TRAVERSE CITY — A new year usually means making resolutions: goals to accomplish in the next 365 days. Many people want to lose weight, but how can they achieve this?
LEWISBURG — Acupuncturist Trey Casimir has been treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other ailments such as chronic pain and cancer for about five years.
DANVILLE — Katy Mahon spent her 14th birthday Monday in a hospital room at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and today, she’ll do the same for Christmas.
Psychologically, Christina Snyder admits that being overweight creates a vicious cycle that can be nearly impossible to break without the right tools.
Fueled by hormonal and thyroid issues, Christina Snyder’s battle with obesity began in her teenage years — although she didn’t see a need to lose weight at first.
From 1990 to 2017, the average percentage of obese adults increased from 11.1 percent (for the 44 states and DC for which 1990 data are available) to 30.6 percent, according to statistics by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A doctor visit in February 2018 sparked a drastic life change for Elizabeth Swartz, of Danville, as she realized she was quickly becoming part of the region’s statistical crescendo of obesity cases.
Lingering over your Thanksgiving meal and laughing through dessert and coffee makes for happy memories … until someone chokes, and things get serious quickly.
Some people never seem to be sick a day in their lives, while others catch every cold that comes around. In a similar way, some people seem able to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day with no repercussions, while others suffer life-threatening consequences.
Pointing to a set of pigs’ lungs, which are similar in size and structure to humans’, Ann Dzwonchyk, wellness educator with Evangelical Community Health and Wellness, explained that our lungs are made of tissue that expands and contracts with our every breath.
NORTHUMBERLAND — One of the perks of being an eighth-grader at the former St. Mary’s Elementary School, in Kulpmont, was helping with blood drives.
Cold and flu season is upon us. And medical professionals want us to know that when the sniffles, congestion, cough and other symptoms arise, patients and doctors must work together to ensure a correct diagnosis and treatment.
LEWISBURG — At the American Society of Breast Cancer Surgeons last year, actress Kathy Bates shared her story of surviving breast cancer surgery in 2012 only to develop lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in the arms after breast surgery.
SELINSGROVE — If there’s a word that describes Freni Aungst’s attitude after two diagnoses of breast cancer, it’s thankful. But zany, energetic and hopeful aren’t far behind.
Mary Frances Knoebel was diagnosed with breast cancer in January and is wrapping up the last of her radiation treatments. After that she will meet with her oncologist, Victor G. Vogel, MD, Breast Medical Oncology, Medical Oncology, at Geisinger Medical Center, to talk about the next stage of…
With her months-long breast cancer treatment slowly winding down, Mary Frances Knoebel shared the importance of yearly mammograms and the importance of a positive mindset.
SELINSGROVE — Chrissy Findlay had played on enough team sports to know that, when a goal is needed, every player must do her part.
Belsano resident Tina Little lived with breast cancer for a short time, but while her experience was brief, it still came along with its challenges and hardships.
Geisinger will transfer ownership of Holy Spirit Health System to Penn State Health next year, a move dependent upon regulatory timeline and approval.
LEWISBURG — Because her surgeon reluctantly sacrificed sleeping in on a Saturday to attend a 6:15 a.m. lecture, Kathy Lahr, of Montandon, awoke from her mastectomy with no pain.
Volunteering at Evangelical’s Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health, Tamara Normington calls numerous patients to remind them of their upcoming mammograms.
Cycling through the peaks and valleys of severe Manic Depressive Disorder, Travis Wilt has experienced a number of moments where his life was out of control.
DANVILLE — Geisinger and the IBM Data Science Elite team have broken new ground in detecting sepsis risk by creating a sophisticated predictive model using data from the integrated health system’s electronic health record.
Evangelical Community Hospital is holding its annual Cookin’ Men event where local celebrity men come together to turn up the heat on breast cancer awareness by creating culinary delights for people to enjoy while raising funds to support The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health.
It’s back-to-school time for kids across the nation, and as our children head off into days filled with classes, recess, snack time and lunch, it’s important to remember not all immune systems are created equal.
WINFIELD — Who hasn’t tried a diet program? Cut carbs. Increase greens. Cut fat. Increase protein … every overweight person wants that sleek, svelte profile our culture admires.
When Janel Zeigler was pregnant with her daughter Zoee, she had a lot of decisions to make — how to decorate the nursery, when to start buying supplies like diapers and would she use disposable or cloth?
FREEBURG — The thing Joel Newman never mentioned when talking of his Parkinson’s disease was the unfairness of it. He’s too busy focusing on finding treatments to help him feel normal again.
LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is currently seeking spiritual care volunteers. Volunteers may be from any spiritual background and no experience is necessary. Volunteers engage in conversation with patients while providing emotional and spiritual guidance.
DANVILLE — Janet Tomcavage, MSN, RN, a pioneer in population health and advanced medical homes, has assumed the role of Chief Nursing Executive at Geisinger, effective Aug. 1.
LEWISBURG — A catered lunch reception was recently held at Evangelical Community Hospital for students who were awarded nursing and health career scholarships through the hospital’s scholarship program.