'Medicine in Blue and White' debuts on Big Ten Network

University Park, Pa. -- This month, the nation will learn what central Pennsylvanians have known for almost five decades -- that the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of the country's premier teaching and research hospitals, enhancing the quality of life, educating future generations of health professionals and discovering what medical innovations lie ahead, one patient at a time. A new half-hour television series about Penn State Hershey called "Medicine in Blue and White" made its debut on March 7, on the Big Ten Network.

The first episode of the series tells the personal stories of four people -- who range from an 11-year-old brain tumor patient to a recently retired nurse undergoing an innovative heart catheterization -- and the medical professionals at Penn State Hershey who oversee their care and the cutting-edge, research-based medical treatments they are receiving.

Founded in 1963, Penn State Hershey -- which includes the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital -- is committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.

In the debut episode of "Medicine in Blue and White," a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS, turned to Penn State Hershey Women's Health and Richard Legro, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, to help her and her husband try to conceive through his latest clinical study. A recently retired nurse comes to Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute to receive a heart catheterization procedure by physician Steve Ettinger called a radial approach -- inserting the catheter through an artery in the wrist -- which only 1-2 percent of hospitals in the country currently perform.

The show also follows an 11-year-old boy with a rare noncancerous brain tumor as he and his parents arrive at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Pediatric neurosurgeon Mark Dias will whittle away at the tumor using a state-of-the-art device called the Myriad™, all without disturbing nerves necessary for eyesight. Finally, Heather Stuckey, once a human resources professional and now a clinical researcher at Penn State Hershey, is still in a profession trying to help people. She's studying a novel way to help people with diabetes -- like herself -- use social media to share ideas and be a support network for each other around the world.

Interspersed between segments of the show, several "Med Facts" offer Penn State Hershey research findings on topics like quitting smoking, weight loss and cough medicine.

"We're very excited that Penn State Hershey is the subject of the first medical information show on the Big Ten Network," said Sean Young, chief marketing officer for the Medical Center. "The innovative, world-class research and advanced medical techniques that Penn State Hershey is well known for is central to the success of 'Medicine in Blue and White,' but we are especially pleased to show national viewing audiences the personal attention and patient-centered approach that our physicians and medical staff offer to our patients every day.”

"Medicine in Blue and White" debuts at noon Eastern Time Monday, March 7, on the Big Ten Network. For more information about the show, visit http://www.pennstatehershey.org/blueandwhite online.

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Last Updated May 20, 2011