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Cybele Pacheco

Geisinger names new department director

LEWISTOWN — Dr. Cybele Pacheco has been named department director for the physician practices in the Lewistown area.

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Pacheco joined Geisinger Lewistown in 2013, recently moving her practice to Geisinger Family Health Associates in Belleville. She received her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten, in 2006. She completed her family medicine residency in 2013 at Excela Health Latrobe Family Medicine, Latrobe.

Dr. Pacheco is a member of the Physicians Catalyst Group within the Geisinger Health System, the Western Region physician representative on the Geisinger Board of Directors, the medical director for the Lewistown Careworks clinic and a member of the American Medical Association.

Learn to find a job with a criminal record

LEWISTOWN — The PA CareerLink in Mifflin County is hosting the seminar, “Gaining Employment with a Criminal Record” from 9 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 27 at the Lewistown office.

Getting a good job is difficult. Getting one when you have a criminal record can be even more challenging. But there are steps you can take to make it easier and find employers who are willing to hire you. Attendees will learn the simple strategies used to be a good candidate and discover local employers who are willing to hire ex-offenders.

To register, call 248-4942. Space is limited.

Seminar to address workplace harassment

LEWISTOWN — Preventing harassment in the workplace will be the focus of an upcoming seminar facilitated by the Mifflin County CareerLink.

The seminar, sponsored by the local Society for Human Resource Management chapter, Human Resource Association of Centre County, is an effort to expand services for human resource professionals in Mifflin, Huntingdon and Juniata counties.

This seminar will be offered at the CareerLink office in Lewistown from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. The presenter will be Heather Roth, regional director for the PA Human Relations Commission.

Cost to attend the seminar will be $20 for HRACC members and $25 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. Registration for this seminar will be available online at

Geisinger-Lewistown launches joint class

LEWISTOWN  —  Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital now offers a Total Joint Class for patients who are considering or are scheduled for joint replacement surgery at the hospital.

Held monthly, the class provides an overview so patients know what to expect before, during and after their surgeries. Topics are covered by representatives from anesthesia and the operating room, case management, orthopaedics, pharmacy, and physical and occupational therapy.

Brooke Westover, clinical nurse manager for Geisinger Orthopaedics, said the program is off to a great start.

“When patients know what to expect, they face surgery and recovery with less anxiety and fewer surprises,” she said.

Although the course is optional, Westover said even people who had previous joint surgeries found the information helpful and learned more about the procedures.

For example, many patients wouldn’t necessarily see a physical therapist before surgery. In the class, they are encouraged to start the exercises beforehand to strengthen the area and aid in recovery.

“The stronger the muscles are prior to the surgery, the better outcome patients will have after the fact,” Westover said.

Those interested in more information on joint replacement should contact their healthcare provider.

Leaders, managers to be focus of seminar

LEWISTOWN — As part of the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch and Learn series, a lunch hour session from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 entitled, “Leader Vs. Manager: Which one are you?” will be held at the PA CareerLink of Mifflin County office.

This seminar will be conducted by Tuscarora Intermediate Trainer Chuck Klinger, who has provided trainings and workshops on a variety of topics for more than 15 years. Attendees will learn about how and when to be a leader versus a manager.

To register, email Cher Harpster at Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Fee is payable at the door.

Mount Nittany cardiology earns reaccreditation

STATE COLLEGE — The Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology has been granted a three-year term of reaccreditation in vascular testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, or IAC, according to a recent press release.

Accreditation by the IAC means the group has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components, according to the release. The IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards, through a comprehensive and detailed case review of vascular testing, the release states.

Vascular testing can provide early detection of life-threatening cardiovascular diseases and conditions. Though the tests themselves are extremely helpful, other factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis include the skill of the technologist, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and quality assurance measures, according to the release.

“We are extremely proud of this re-accreditation. It follows our mission to provide full vascular services to our patients and our community, including minimally invasive endovascular and surgical treatment options,” said Dr. Jonathan Nachtigall, medical director of the cardiovascular testing facility at Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology.

The release states IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to vascular testing, which include physicians and sonographers.

Vascular testing accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their vascular testing procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities, accreditation remains a voluntary process.

For information on Mount Nittany Physician Group Cardiology providers and services, visit