Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

LHU and UPMC Susquehanna announce partnership

From left, are Ashley Fedroff, director of quality management; Dr. Darla Hardy, director of nursing; Ron Reynolds, president, UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven; Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president; and Dr. Raj Patel, chief of medical staff.

Lock Haven University and UPMC Susquehanna have announced a partnership that will provide important opportunities for health education to LHU students, UPMC employees and the local community. The new partnership will enhance Lock Haven University’s health professions programs through the addition of cutting edge technology — a patient simulation lab — in a clinical setting at UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven, to help both students and UPMC employees learn, practice and advance their clinical skills.

In addition, LHU is working with UPMC Susquehanna to develop and expand academic programs that will address UPMC’s workforce needs for employee development and advanced training.

Along with clinical training, the partnership will bring new forums for health education to the region. UPMC Susquehanna and LHU plan to collaborate on community health initiatives, including a fall health fair on the campus of Lock Haven University that will offer multiple health education activities and information about LHU’s health programs.

“Lock Haven University is pleased to partner with UPMC Susquehanna to increase access to vital health education and programs for the people in our region. Working together, we can help address the needs of our community through workforce training with state-of-the art technology and health and wellness programs and activities,” said Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president.

The partnership builds on the existing partnership between UPMC Susquehanna and LHU Athletics, announced in November 2018, which named UPMC Susquehanna as the official sports medicine and health care provider of LHU athletics. UPMC Susquehanna provided funding for a mobile athletic training facility, which is located at LHU’s Stern Athletic complex and gives care directly to the athletes.

“Lock Haven University and UPMC are two of the largest employers in Lock Haven and Clinton County,” said Ron Reynolds, president, UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven. “By working together, we aim to improve not only the health and wellbeing of our community, but also the economy through workforce development. We’re proud to be a part of this important initiative and we look forward to future growth and expansion of the partnership.”

About UPMC:
A $20 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 87,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.5 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid $587 million in federal, state and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals.  For more information, visit UPMC.com.

About Lock Haven University:
Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and eight graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania. 




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