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EXCELA HEALTH RECOGNIZED ON HEPATITIS B BIRTH DOSE HONOR ROLL

GREENSBURG, PA … The best way to protect newborn babies from Hepatitis B is vaccination. Excela Health and the Family Additions Maternity Center at Westmoreland Hospital provide Hepatitis B vaccinations to newborns within hours of delivery. Through this patient safety initiative, the hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) on its nationwide honor roll.  Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital is one of 407 hospitals in the United States to achieve this distinction, with a 91% reported hepatitis B birth vaccine coverage rate from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. 

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EXCELA HEALTH AMONG NATION’S HEROES IN INFECTION PREVENTION

GREENSBURG, PA. … An Excela Health continuous improvement team focused on infection prevention and control was selected as one of the 2018 Heroes in Infection Prevention Award recipients by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The Heroes of Infection Prevention Award honors those who have succeeded in reducing infection, raising awareness and improving the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers and the public. Recipients were recognized during the APIC conference held in Minneapolis in June, and will be featured in a future issue of Prevention Strategist. 

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PATIENT EXPERIENCE AT EXCELA HEALTH AFFIRMS POSITIVE CARECHEX® RATINGS

GREENSBURG, PA … When it comes to elective surgery, patients know they have a choice of provider and are doing their homework before committing to a surgeon or a hospital for care.  Internet research yields an abundance of data regarding the vast differences in quality of care and patient experience among health care organizations.

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EXCELA HEALTH CONTINUES PROMOTING SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICATION

GREENSBURG, Pa. … Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital is the latest community location for the safe, secure disposal of unused medications.  A MedSafe receptacle is now available in the main lobby on the hospital’s first floor. A similar container was placed at Excela Latrobe Hospital in April.  The health system hopes to roll out the program to Excela Frick Hospital in the upcoming months.

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SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION IN HEALTH CARE

 LATROBE, PA. … Applications for the Thomas P. Gessner, MD Healthcare Scholarship are being accepted by Excela Health.  The fund, administered by the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation where Dr. Gessner is foundation board chairman, was established in 2005 by the Latrobe Hospital medical staff to honor the physician for his 28 years of service.  

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MEDCARE EQUIPMENT COMPANY EXPANDS INTO CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH UPMC PINNACLE

GREENSBURG, PA … MedCare Equipment Co, LLC, which offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy services to patients in western Pennsylvania, is expanding its business into central Pennsylvania through a new partnership with UPMC Pinnacle based in Harrisburg. The new company will be known as MedCare Susquehanna Valley LLC. Effective May 1, 2018, the company will serve patients in need of oxygen, CPAP, ventilators, beds, wheelchairs and other home medical equipment from a new warehouse and retail location in Mechanicsburg. 

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EXCELA HEALTH PROMOTING SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS

LATROBE, Pa. When medicines are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. Excela Health at its Latrobe Hospital campus is assisting the community with this effort as a registered collector for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.  The health system has installed a MedSafe receptacle in a publically accessible corridor of the hospital’s ground floor, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the safe disposal of unused and expired medication. Acceptable items for disposal include pills, tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, lotions, powers, and liquid medicines of no more than 4 ounces.

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TREASURER TORSELLA KICKS-OFF KEYSTONE SCHOLARS LAUNCH TOUR WITH HOSPITAL VISIT

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today was joined by key county partners including Senators Kim Ward and Pat Stefano, and a representative from Senator Jim Brewster’s office along with Representatives Eric Nelson, Mike Reese and Justin Walsh, to highlight treasury’s new scholarship grant program, Keystone Scholars. Designed to help encourage higher education aspirations and to help families start saving early, Torsella launched the Keystone Scholars program to provide a $100 scholarship grant to every child born or adopted in Pennsylvania to be used towards college and career expenses. A six-county demonstration project—financed through private funds—is available now; proposed legislation would make the scholarship grant program available to every child statewide.

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HEATHCARE SYMPOSIUM FOCUSES ON UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE

GREENSBURG, PA … Excela Health hosts its annual employer focused health care symposium, Friday, April 20, 2018, at Excela Square at Latrobe, 100 Excela Health Drive. This year’s topic: “Unconscious Bias: A focus on Recruiting a Diverse Workforce and Creating a Culture of Acceptance.” 

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BUILDING AN ETHICAL BRIDGE FOR CARE TOPIC OF EXCELA HEALTH HOME CARE CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENT

GREENSBURG, PA … Excela Health Home Care and Hospice will host a continuing education course May 17 at Excela Square at Latrobe, 100 Excela Health Drive. The theme for this class is “The Ethical Bridge in Patient-Centered Care: Navigating Across Cultural and Religious Diversity.”

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