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Mount Nittany Medical Center Set To Host 66th Annual Charity Ball

by on February 15, 2014 1:45 PM

Mount Nittany Medical Center will host its 66th Annual Charity Ball Saturday, February 15 to benefit a new family medicine residency program for graduate students at the University Park campus at Penn State.

As part of a continuing collaboration between Penn State's College of Medicine and Mount Nittany Health, the event will benefit the development of the regional residency program for the second straight year. Last year, the annual ball raised $125,000 to help establish the program at Penn State's Hershey campus.

The three-year program is part of Mount Nittany Medical Center's continuing goal to become a regional academic teaching hospital and improve access to primary care physicians in central Pennsylvania. While enrolled in the program, students will be under the direction of medical professionals, and will assist with family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, critical care, and pediatrics. Opportunities are also available for speciality training and research.

"It was clear to me when I came to Mount Nittany how important a regional campus and residency program are for this community, allowing us to grow our own primary care physicians right here in State College," said Steve Brown, president and CEO of Mount Nittany Medical Center, following the announcement of the program's launch. "We are very excited to be part of this development, raising the bar in health care for this region and creating a strong teaching environment."

More than 500 people are expected to attend an "Evening in Paris", which will begin at 6:30 pm at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel with a cocktail reception in Dean's Hall, followed by a French-themed dinner served in President's Hall. Paris, a 10-piece band from Philadelphia, will provide entertainment, courtesy of EBE Entertainment.

A gift box raffle themed gift baskets will be sold, and a silent auction will take place throughout the event. Prizes include a one-week stay in a Holden Beach, North Carolina beach house, a one-night Sweet Retreat courtesy of The Hotel Hershey, one month use of a MercedesE350A Cabriolet from State College Mercedes, and a Penn State University Arboretum private tour.

Penn State Hershey Family Medicine physicians Michael Flanagan and Kristen Grine will chair the event for the second straight year. Joseph Wiedemer, the program director for the Family Medicine Residency Program, will also act as chairman on the Charity Ball committee.

Premier or "Eiffel Tower" level sponsors donate $10,000 or more, and include Alexander-A Butz Family Company, Eclipse Resources, and Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, University Park. Strong support also comes from the local medical community, including Mount Nittany Physician Group and University Orthopedics Center.

C.J. Doon is a frequent contributor to Onward State and is a former intern. A Long Island native, Doon is studying print journalism at Penn State.
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