HERSHEY, Pa. — To recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine, the following list of nominations and public service awards has been compiled from July 1 through September 30. Photos may be available upon request.


  • Stephens appointed Associate Dean. The College of Medicine has named Dr. Mark Stephens, professor of family and community medicine, to the position of associate dean of medical education for the University Park Curriculum following a national search. He had been in an acting position since July 1, 2021. Stephens joined the College of Medicine’s University Park Regional Campus as a clinician, scholar and educator in 2016.
  • Brooks is vice president of health system operations command centers. Heather Brooks has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Health System Operations Command Centers – Patient Logistics. The role is responsible for the health system handover center and patient flow platform as part of the Penn State Health Clinical Platform Network, which analyzes clinical data to improve patient care. Brooks will work to align best practices and processes across the healthcare system, including patient transfers between facilities and capacity management.
  • Armstrong elected president. Dr. April Armstrong, chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Hershey College of Medicine and Medical Center, has been elected chair of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery for a one-year team. His term began this month. Nominations to the ABOS Board of Directors come from the American Orthopedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. Armstrong is the second woman to serve as president of ABOS.


  • Leong receives a prestigious award. The American Academy of Family Physicians has selected Dr. Shou Ling Leong, professor of family and community medicine in the College of Medicine, as the recipient of its 2022 Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education. Leong was chosen for this recognition – one of the AAFP’s highest honors – among the organization’s approximately 130,000 members across the country. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to family medicine education, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education.
  • The College of Medicine receives record funding. College of Medicine researchers secured more than $142 million in research grants in the last fiscal year (July 2021 through June 2022), securing the college’s position as Penn State’s top-funded college for the second year. consecutive. That includes nearly $78 million in National Institutes of Health awards, a new all-time high. More information on ongoing research projects is available here.
  • Lactation support program honored. The Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition recently recognized Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center for establishing its lactation support program. The Hampden Medical Center program supports breastfeeding and a wellness environment for staff and students as they return to work or school after childbirth. The facility is home to five mothers’ lounges that provide breastfeeding individuals, including visitors, with a private space.
  • Medical group wins Readers’ Choice awards. Two Lancaster-based Penn State Health Medical Group sites have received Reader’s Choice Awards from LNP/LancasterOnline. Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center and Penn State Health Medical Group – Kissel Hill were in the top three in the family medicine/practice category.

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