Holy Spirit News

Physicians and Physician Assistant Join Capital Cardiovascular Associates

Posted: November 13th, 2012

James Lightfoot, MD; Aparajita Das, MD; Shruthi Pranesh, MD, MPH; and Julie Messina, PA-C, have joined Capital Cardiovascular Associates, a service of Holy Spirit Health System.

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Holy Spirit’s Urgent Care Center and Data Center Are Under Construction

Posted: October 11th, 2012

Holy Spirit Health System’s Spirit Urgent Care Center and Data Center are currently under construction. A ceremony was held onsite today at 431 North 21st Street, Camp Hill, to commemorate the start of construction. The following people made brief remarks: Bruce Brown, Chairperson, Holy Spirit Health System; Sister Romaine Niemeyer, SCC, President and CEO, Holy Spirit Health System; David Black, President and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC; Edith Dees, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Holy Spirit Health System; and Rick Schaffner, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Holy Spirit Health System.

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Coventry HealthAmerica and Holy Spirit Health System partner to improve care for chronic illnesses

Posted: July 25th, 2012

Coventry HealthAmerica, a Coventry Health Care plan, and Holy Spirit Health System have formed a new physician partnership program that will improve management of diseases and access to care for Coventry HealthAmerica members, particularly those who suffer from chronic illnesses. The goal of the program, which Holy Spirit has successfully offered to other patients, is to improve patient health and quality of care. This will result in the added benefit of decreasing the need for emergency room visits and hospitalization for patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.

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Expanded Service at Holy Spirit Duncannon Center

Posted: July 13th, 2012

The Pulmonary Diagnostics Lab has expanded its services at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center, 51 Business Campus Way, Duncannon. It now offers complete pulmonary function testing, which is used to check the lung function of patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, shortness of breath and other lung disorders. Testing is done by licensed respiratory staff with advanced training in pulmonary function. Tests are interpreted by experienced pulmonary medicine physicians. The information gathered during this testing allows physicians to diagnose, follow the progress of disease, and determine a patient’s response to treatment.

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Holy Spirit Mechanicsburg Center Relocated

Posted: June 6th, 2012

The Holy Spirit Mechanicsburg Center has relocated to 4665 Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, less than a half-mile from its former location on St. John’s Church Road. This move brings imaging, lab and magnetic imaging under one roof. Services provided at the center include CT, MRI, digital mammography, ultrasound, general X-ray, bone densitometry, and lab and EKG services.

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Holy Spirit Carlisle Center Now Offers Digital Mammography

Posted: June 6th, 2012

The Holy Spirit Carlisle Center has added digital mammography services. Imaging services now include MRI, CT, 3D and 4D ultrasound, full body bone densitometry, digital X-ray and digital mammography with computer-aided detection. Imaging services are offered Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and general X-ray only is offered on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. 

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Free Program on Living Wills and Advance Directives

Posted: March 16th, 2012

The 5th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16.   This day was designated to bring awareness to advance directives and living wills.  These important documents represent what healthcare choices you’d like or not if you were unable to communicate due to an accident or illness.  These documents also allow you to name a healthcare power of attorney or legal advocate to make these decisions for you if you are unable.

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Educational Seminar on Atrial Fibrillation to be Offered

Posted: March 1st, 2012

Holy Spirit Health System will host a free educational seminar on Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) and the latest treatment options. Safwat Gassis, MD, FACC, of Capital Cardiovascular Associates, will present “Atrial Fibrillation: New Treatment Options for this Common Irregular Heart Rhythm” on Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m. The lecture will be held in Holy Spirit Hospital’s Auditorium.

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Holy Spirit Hospital Now Offers Cryoablation Services

Posted: January 18th, 2012

Safwat Gassis, MD, FACC, has joined Capital Cardiovascular Associates, a service of Holy Spirit Health System. Dr. Gassis is a cardiologist who offers the most advanced treatment options for heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation. He performed Pennsylvania’s first balloon cryoablation procedure to treat atrial fibrillation—the most common irregular heart rhythm—after its approval by the FDA in December 2010. The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit currently is the only location in the greater Harrisburg area where this ablation technique is being performed. Dr. Gassis is among the most experienced electrophysiologists in the country using this ablation technique, an important factor shown to influence success rates.

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Educational Seminar on Minimally Invasive Robot-Assisted Surgery for Urology Issues to be Offered

Posted: September 27th, 2011

In November, Holy Spirit Health System will host a free educational seminar on how minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery can be used to treat urology conditions and diseases. Christopher P. Moyer, DO, Urology of Central PA, will present “Applications of the da Vinci® Robot in Urology” on Monday, November 14, at 6 p.m. The lecture will be held in Holy Spirit Hospital’s Auditorium. 

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