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UCPA Patient Care and Service Updated during Coronavirus Pandemic

UCPA Welcomes New Nurse Practitioners

Christina Prudencio

Two new Nurse Practitioners are joining the UCPA team in January 2020. Christina Prudencio, RN, CRNP-FNP, and Ashleigh Finkenbinder, RN, CRNP-FNP will both see patients our of our Camp Hill location.

Christina Prudencio is Board-Certified in Family Medicine by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has been practicing since 2016 and has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Nursing and Family Practitioner from the University of Hawaii.

Christina enjoys hiking, traveling, yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

Ashleigh Finkenbinder is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as Sigma Theta Tau. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology/Pre-med from Shippensburg University and another bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Misericordia University. Ashleigh has a master’s degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from Chamberlain University.

Ashleigh enjoys yoga and spending time with her family through hiking, camping, and attending sporting events.


Best Wishes to Prostate Cancer Support Coordinator

Urology of Central Pennsylvania extends our sincere thanks to Patti Fylstra, RN, who for more than 10 years coordinated the Prostate Cancer Support Group and Education meetings hosted at UCPA. Patti provided high quality, compassionate care and built cherished relationships with many patients who chose radiation therapy as their treatment option at our Prostate Cancer Center.
Patti encouraged and supported many other prostate cancer survivors and their loved ones over the past 10+ years. She is moving on to other new endeavors.

Thank you for your dedicated service and best wishes, Patti!


Congratulations Dr. Moyer

Dr. Moyer Elected President of Geisinger Holy Spirit Medical Staff

Christopher Moyer, urologist at Urology of Central Pennsylvania

Urology of Central PA congratulates urologist Christopher P. Moyer, DO, upon his election as President of the Geisinger Holy Spirit Medical Staff. Dr. Moyer also serves on the Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital Board of Directors and Medical Executive Committee. His commitment to the welfare of our community and quality health care practices is commendable.
Dr. Moyer will continue to see patients at Urology of Central PA in addition to providing input and insight in these new service opportunities.


Advanced Treatment for Overactive Bladder – InterStim

When conservative treatments like lifestyle changes, medications and pelvic floor exercises do not relieve the symptoms of Overactive Bladder (OAB), an advanced treatment, like InterStim, may be the answer. InterStim is like a small pacemaker for the bladder and helps control the urges caused by an Overactive Bladder (OAB).

Dr. Vanessa Elliott, a board-certified urologist with Urology of Central PA, has fellowship-training in female urology and voiding dysfunction and helps many men and women experiencing the frequency, urgency and leakage caused by OAB. She shares more information about InterStim, who will benefit from InterStim and how InterStim works in this video.


UCPA’s Dr. Lewis Harpster featured on abc27’s Good Day PA

Joe Brittain, an active volunteer with the Special Olympics, visited his family doctor for a routine physical the day after Thanksgiving in 2018. His doctor’s office contacted him after the appointment because his PSA levels were high.

Dr. Lewis Harpster of Urology of Central Pennsylvania treated Joe’s prostate cancer through a number of treatments. Watch below to see their story and how Joe is doing now. (This show was broadcast on November 7, 2019, with UPMC Pinnacle’s Hillman Cancer Center.)


New Minimally-Invasive Treatment for BPH Delivering Positive Outcomes

Rezūm, a new treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), allows BPH patients to regain quality of life and preserve sexual function through a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure. Urology of Central Pennsylvania is proud to be the first in the central Pennsylvania region to offer Rezūm, further proving our commitment to provide the most advanced urologic care and enhanced technology for our patients.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common urological condition affecting men caused by the growth of the prostate gland. 40% of men in their 50s and 90% of men over 90 years have BPH. Symptoms of BPH include frequency, urgency, trouble starting, dribbling at the end, or inability to completely empty the bladder. The condition is often treated with lifestyle changes, medication, minimally-invasive options or surgery. (To obtain your International Prostate Symptom Score and determine your BPH symptom severity, take this survey.)


Overactive Bladder is Common and Treatable

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition with symptoms that include urinary urgency, frequency and possibly urinary leakage. More than 40 percent of women have OAB, but many do not seek help due to embarrassment.

Dr. Vanessa Elliott of Urology of Central Pennylvania is a board-certified urologist and is fellowship trained in female urology and voiding dysfunction. Learn from Dr. Elliott as she shares an overview of overactive bladder, how often she sees patients with OAB and what people with OAB can do to help alleviate symptoms.


New Services Save Patients Time and Money while Increasing Access to Information for Overactive Bladder Patients

What is overactive bladder?

Overactive bladder is a condition with symptoms that include urinary urgency, frequency and possibly urinary leakage. Spasms of the bladder muscles cause people to feel like they must urinate often and quickly, even though there may not be much urine in the bladder. Spasms may be due to muscles that are too active, inappropriate nerve signals between the bladder and the brain, hormone changes, pelvic floor weakness, neurological disorders or a urinary tract infection (UTI).

How will UCPA’s new services help patients?

For those suffering from an overactive bladder (OAB), Urology of Central Pennsylvania has gone a step beyond routine standard care. We have created an easy route for patients to better communicate with healthcare providers and find the right solution, saving patients both time and money.

These new services are called UCPA’s OAB Patient Navigator and OAB Care Pathway.


Potty Talk: Answering Your Urology Questions

Have you ever wondered what a doctor would say about a urological question you have, but resorted to scouring the Internet instead? With our new “Potty Talk: Answering Your Urology Questions” program, you can get information from a Urology of Central Pennsylvania physician shared on our social media channels – Facebook and Twitter.

Questions may be submitted anonymously via the form below or by private message through UCPA’s Facebook or Twitter accounts. (Hyperlink to each page) We will review the question and a physician will provide feedback.

“Potty Talk: Answering Your Urology Questions” will be posted on Thursdays, so start thinking about your questions and send them our way!