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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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MODERNIZATION OF EXCELA LATROBE HOSPITAL CONTINUES

LATROBE, PA, … Excela Health continues its commitment to the Latrobe community through the ongoing modernization of the Excela Latrobe Hospital campus. More than $2 million is earmarked for improvements to patient care and visitor and employee parking on the campus.  These improvements are all expected to be completed by late summer or early fall and follow on the heels of the $40 million investment to create Excela Square at Latrobe which opened in January.      Key to that project was support from Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation, which is also supporting the remodeling of hospital inpatient care units.  The hospital’s 5th Floor was updated last fall   A facelift to the 4th Floor will begin in the next few weeks.  Fresh paint and floor treatments along with a renovated nurses station and treatment areas are among the cosmetic improvements planned.

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NEW EXCELA BEREAVEMENT CLASS PAIRS YOGA WITH CANCER LOSS

GREENSBURG, PA … A new six-week bereavement group facilitated by Excela Health bereavement counselors and staff from Our Clubhouse will use yoga and art therapy to help comfort those who have lost loved ones to cancer.

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