Mount Nittany Health’s Sleep Lab Receives Five-Year Accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that its Sleep Lab, located within the Sieg Neuroscience Center, was recently awarded a five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). This prestigious recognition acknowledges the Sleep Lab’s commitment to excellence in patient care, and adherence to rigorous quality standards.

Accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine represents the gold standard for sleep medicine programs, signifying their dedication to providing the highest level of care to patients with sleep disorders.

“The process for accreditation is intense,” said Gregory Ruff, MD, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Critical Care, Mount Nittany Health. “The criteria is extremely strict. Many labs that apply have to revise their application several times, and they may only be approved on a provisional status. I am proud that we accomplished the approval on the first attempt.”

This impressive recognition highlights the Sleep Lab’s commitment to maintaining exceptional standards in all aspects of sleep medicine, including clinical care, staffing, and testing protocols. The accreditation process evaluates the lab’s compliance with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Standards for Accreditation, which cover a comprehensive range of areas such as patient safety, equipment, facilities, policies, procedures, and quality assurance.

Mount Nittany Health’s Sleep Lab consistently demonstrated its dedication to patient well-being and the advancement of sleep medicine. The lab is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of experts, including board-certified sleep medicine providers, registered sleep technologists, and skilled support staff. Equipped with modern diagnostic tools and a patient-centered approach, the Sleep Lab provides personalized treatment plans for a wide range of sleep disorders.

To schedule an appointment with one of our sleep specialists, call 814.231.7277. Current Mount Nittany Health patients may also request an appointment online at MyMountNittanyHealth.com.

A Successful Day of Golf and Community Support

Annual Golf Outing Images

More than 150 golfers, volunteers, and chamber members converged at Mountain View Country Club on Friday, May 19, to support the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County’s Annual Golf Outing. The event’s proceeds support the Chamber’s economic development initiatives. 

Firstly, the Chamber extends our gratitude to our generous sponsors. Their contributions made the day possible. A huge thanks to 19th-Hole Mixer presenting sponsor Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. and to our gold sponsors Intrada TechnologiesPSECU, PennTerra Engineering, Inc.Mount Nittany HealthNorthwest Bank, and Stuckey Mitsubishi Super Center for their unwavering support and commitment to our community. 

The Chamber was pleased to welcome back Silver Sponsors, Education Staffing SolutionsFirst National BankGigi’s Southern TableKeystone PayrollMercato Mio Italian Market,The Meadows Psychiatric CenterPenn Highlands Healthcare, and Whiting-Turner.

Participants demonstrated their golfing prowess in a spirited scramble format, fostering friendly competition. Congratulations to the Gross and Net winners, who earned prizes and well-deserved bragging rights.

Gross Scores

  • First Place: Ed Tubbs, Crystal Tubbs, Dan Baker, and Vicki Baker, sponsored by Mercato Mio Italian Market and Gigi’s Southern Table
  • Second Place: Tim Edmondson, John Bechtel, Dwayne Rush, and Cam Smith, sponsored by Whiting-Turner
  • Third Place: Kirk Thomas, Aaron Hartsock, Bill Burmeister, and Ron Napikoski, sponsored by Geisinger Healthplex State College.

Net Scores

  • First Place: Chris Wagner, Glenn Sekunda, Chris Spielvogel, and Terry Hess, sponsored by Keystone Payroll, LLC
  • Second Place: Matt Heaps, Seth Napikoski, Caleb Shertzer, and Branden Bowden, sponsored by Kish Bank
  • Third Place: Wayne Halstead, Brady Wadding, Jason Hickman, and Joe Myers, sponsored by Penn Highlands Healthcare. 

Longest Drive Winners

  • Women – Amber Kissinger 
  • Men – Cam Smith
  • Senior – Dan Baker

Furthermore, congratulations to Amber Kissinger for winning the Mount Nittany Health Mega Putt.

In addition to the golf tournament, we had some exciting raffle prizes. The winners are as follows:

  • Crystal Tubbs won the Pamper Me Spring Rejuvenation Package from SK Aesthetics.
  • Kevin McGarry is the lucky recipient of the Sports Package.
  • Michael Turlis won the Staycation Package.

Lastly, the Chamber extends our deepest appreciation to all volunteers who manned on-course contests, welcomed golfers to the event, sold raffle tickets, and even delivered lunches. The Golf Outing is only possible with our volunteers — Thank you! 

To learn more about the Chamber, the annual golf outing or economic development, visit www.cbicc.org

19th-Hole Mixer presented by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

Join Us for May’s Business After Hours: 19th-Hole Mixer at Mountain View Country Club

Join us for May’s Business After Hours at the 19th-Hole Mixer, hosted by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., at Mountain View Country Club on Thursday, May 18, from 5-7 p.m.

The 19th Hole Mixer is an opportunity to connect with chamber members, golf participants, sponsors, and like-minded professionals while enjoying appetizers and beverages. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect, exchange ideas, and build lasting relationships, potentially meeting your next business partner or gaining valuable insights. Register here.

Please take advantage of the last call for our early bird pricing of $5 for members and $10 for future members, which ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Prospective members can attend the 19th-Hole Mixer for free, experiencing the benefits of Chamber events firsthand. Contact Jeannine Lozier at jeannine@cbicc.org for complimentary attendance coordination.

The Mixer will feature three raffle packages with proceeds attributed to this year’s Annual Golf Outing! Check out these great packages:

  1. Staycation Package featuring a $100 gift card to Gigi’s Southern Table, Mercata Mio Italian Market, and a two-night stay at a Days Inn by Windham. 
  2. Sports package with Penn State Football, Hockey, and Basketball tickets and a Spikes Suite.
  3. Pamper Me package featuring spring rejuvenation treatments including a microneedling + PRP treatment, AnteAGE MD skincare system, and Skinbetter ToneSmart Sunscreen valued at $1100. 

Raffle tickets will be sold during the Mixer and throughout the Annual Golf Outing, with winners notified via email after the raffle drawing at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19. 

We look forward to seeing you at this Month’s Business After Hours 19th-Hole Mixer presented by Glenn O. Hawbaker. 

Remember, this is your last chance to take advantage of the early bird pricing, so secure your spot now. Register here.

How to Best Communicate Your Ideas in Meetings for Maximum Impact

Communication is a vital cornerstone of any business meeting. As the CEO or team manager, you have to use the best skills to keep your employees motivated towards achieving personal and professional goals. To succeed at this job, you’ll have to possess the right communicating skills so that your meetings are smooth, effective, and pleasant for everyone.

Unfortunately, a considerable number of people don’t know how to communicate effectively while holding meetings. Ineffective meetings can make you and your employees feel misunderstood, unacknowledged, discouraged, and frustrated. Strong communication will make you feel heard and understood, which leads to positive company culture and a successful business. Therefore, understanding how to run effective meetings is an important part of business gatherings. Continue reading as we outline some vital communication ideas to implement in your meetings.

Pay Attention to Your Body Language
When holding a meeting, communicating to your audience involves more than just the usual speech or written mode of communication. Body language also plays a significant part in the way we communicate with other people. Research shows that 55% of your communication is through body language. As a result, you need to pay close attention to your body language. Note that your audience is always keen on your body language, and they make snap judgments based on them. Therefore, before any meeting, think about how you will stand and sit. Adopt a good posture, maintain eye contact with many people in the meeting, and avoid cross body language.

Keep Unnecessary Distractions to a Minimum
Keeping distractions to a bare minimum is essential in improving the quality of your communications in meetings. Try to keep the room soundproofed or choose a location that is far away from background noise and eliminate any possible distractions such as mobile phones. In fact, one study found that up to 80% of employees know that mobile phones can be a significant distraction in meetings. However, approximately 50% of workers still use these gadgets anyway. Before starting any meeting, politely remind your audience to keep their electronic devices like laptops and phones away. This ensures that they pay attention to the messages you convey. If it’s necessary to use any devices, restrict them to only those who need them.

Enhance Communication With the Best Technology
You can take advantage of technology to help you organize your thoughts and say the right things. This is primarily applicable in instances where the meeting involves participants in different locations under varying time zones. You will need a software or intelligent device that supports hybrid and remote meetings. Look for a device that provides multimedia and other visual details for clearer communication and incorporates solutions such as Zoom to communicate with remote participants more effectively.

Ask Questions to Bring Others into the Conversation
Although it might not always be possible to involve questions in a meeting, bringing your attendees into the discussion works better than listening to long speeches. However, note that some of your audience may be reluctant to volunteer or answer your questions. You can try asking intelligent questions to push them into offering specific ideas. You can ask random questions aimed at particular individuals or groups, allowing your audience to volunteer in giving answers. This keeps people engaged, and it ensures that everyone understands your message.

Conclusion

Good communication is crucial in ensuring that you have an effective meeting. By implementing the above ideas, you will have productive meetings that deliver the intended objective. The key thing is to pay attention to your body language and also bring attendees into the discussion.

Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County Appoints Todd Dolbin as Vice President of Economic Development

The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County proudly announces the appointment of Todd Dolbin as its new Vice President of Economic Development. As a Centre County native, Dolbin brings with him 18 years of experience in economic and workforce development, international business expansion, and community development.

“Appointing Todd underscores the Chamber’s dedication to fostering smart, sustainable growth for Centre County. Todd’s extensive experience and deep local roots will be invaluable in enhancing the region’s economic vitality,” says Greg Scott, President & CEO of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County.

Dolbin previously served as the Deputy Director for Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development. He managed performance operations and executed the County’s economic development, workforce development, and tourism divisions. He also held leadership positions in the Baltimore City Government, directing tax incentive programs and Foreign Trade Zones.

“I am honored to return home and join the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with local businesses and community leaders to stimulate economic growth, generate jobs, and maintain a thriving business community,” Dolbin said.
In his new role, Dolbin will spearhead the establishment of an economic development council, oversee the development of a county-based economic strategic plan, and oversee business engagement, workforce development, international business expansion, and community development initiatives for the Chamber.

After graduating from Penn State, Dolbin spent two years teaching English in Kanazawa, Japan. Upon his return to the United States, he served as an International Business Consultant at Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center, leading trade missions to Australia, Ukraine, and Argentina.

Dolbin earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business, minors in Economics and International Studies from Penn State, an MBA from Towson University, and a Certified Global Business Professional certificate. He is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast, enjoying live music, kayaking, camping, and hiking.

Todd and his wife, Emily, both Centre County natives and State College Area High School graduates, are relocating with their two young daughters from Towson, MD, to State College. Todd began his tenure with the Chamber on May 15, 2023.  

For more information about the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County and its commitment to economic development, please visit our website at www.cbicc.org.