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01/23/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 07:56

Weekly Quick Hits — Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

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January 23, 2020Penn State Health Daily Brief

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Westview Parking Garage Opens Monday

Westview Parking Garage on the Hershey campus officially opens this Monday, Jan. 27. Stop by the shuttle waiting room from 7 to 9 a.m. for free, self-service coffee and a giveaway - first come, first serve.

TED talk: 'Color Blind or Color Brave'

The Penn State Commission for Women will present a prerecorded TED Talk entitled 'Color Blind or Color Brave' with Mellody Hobson, co-CEO and president of Ariel Investments. The event will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. at the College of Medicine, Lecture Room A.

Dietitian to Present 'Making Protein a Priority'

Nicole Rhoads, a registered dietitian, will present 'Making Protein a Priority' on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Medical Center, Franciscan Room B. The meeting is open to all bariatric surgery patients, regardless of where their surgery was performed. For more information, contact Luis Diaz-Diaz at 484-987-3922.

Replace Pink Background ID badges by Jan. 31

Hershey Medical Center and Children's Hospital are standardizing employee identification badges. By Friday,Jan. 31, employees with pink background ID badges must get a replacement badge with a white background.

Talk: 'Learn to Surf the Waves of Stress'

Dr. Timothy Riley, assistant professor and associate vice chair for wellness at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, will give a talk entitled 'Mindfulness: Learn to Surf the Waves of Stress.' The event is Wednesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center in the Franciscan Room. Email for more information.

Valentine's Day Balloon and Candy Sale

Children's Miracle Network will present a Valentine's Day Balloon and Candy sale on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tree House Café performance area in the Children's Hospital. Red heart balloons are $2 each or three for $5. Employees may pre-order red heart balloons by email until Friday, Feb. 7. All proceeds benefit Children's Miracle Network.

Annual Training Modules Open

Compliance and Cybersecurity & Privacy Awareness training modules are now open. All Penn State Health employees must complete the annual training by Thursday, April 9. Failure to complete the training can result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Read more.


NIH-Funded Research Explores 3D Imaging

A Penn State-led research project to develop a new, diagnostic, three-dimensional imaging technique will continue thanks to a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. If the researchers succeed, the method could replace 2D histology, the current state-of-the-art method of studying cells, tissues and organs. Researchers say this could impact drug development, diagnostics and basic understanding of how genes and environment define phenotype, an organism's observable characteristics and traits. Read more.

College of Medicine Receives More than $2 Million in Grants

Faculty at the College of Medicine received more than $2 million in grant funding during October and November 2019. One of the grants was for $780,000, and it was awarded to Penn State Cancer Institute researcher Katherine Aird by the American Cancer Society. Read more.

Up to $500 in Health Care Flex Account can be rolled over

State Health employees enrolled in the Health Care Flexible Spending Account in 2019 may roll over up to $500 to be used in 2020. Rollover funds can be accessed Wednesday, April 1. Employees can submit requests for reimbursement from their 2019 account for expenses dated on or prior to Dec. 31, 2019, between Jan. 1, 2020, until March 31, 2020.

Stay Healthy With Preventive Exams

Make 2020 your healthiest year yet. Get the right screening tests and exams. Preventive exams help find health conditions before they become serious. This year, resolve to get the screenings you need to prevent and treat health problems before they become major concerns. Check out this flyer from the Centers for Disease Control for more information.

Free Tobacco Cessation Program

Penn State Health employees have exclusive access to a free tobacco cessation program, Quit for Life. Click here for information on how to sign up and quit.

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