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UCPA Patient Care and Service Updated during Coronavirus Pandemic

UCPA Offers Test to Clear Chronic Urinary Infections

Working with MicroGen DX, Urology of Central PA now proudly offers a fast, accurate and comprehensive diagnostic test to identify microbes causing chronic urological infections. The two-part test extracts DNA from patient samples and compares it to a database of more than 25,000 species to accurately identify offending microbes. Armed with this new information, our physicians make the most appropriate treatment decisions, resulting in better outcomes and faster pain relief.

Since 1880, the predominate diagnostic tool for identifying microbes has been via traditional cultures that attempt to grow the microbes in a laboratory setting. Unfortunately, testing has identified that less than 1% of microbes grow in cultures, inhibiting proper diagnoses and extending healing time.

UCPA’s work with MicroGen DX Labs provides superior diagnostics with the new two-part test. First, UCPA’s lab will perform an initial urology PCR test to identify the most common bacteria in the infection. Second, a follow-up test called Next-Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) will identify bacteria and/or fungus that were not found in the initial panel and may be contributing to the urological infection. Advancements in genomic testing provide 99.9% accuracy in the detection of all microbes within a urological infection for targeted treatment decisions.

Testing is easy. Our staff will collect a urine sample at our offices and run it through rapid detection. Our physicians will then determine whether the sample should be sent to the MicroGen DX Laboratory for the NGS test. Test results should be returned in approximately 3 – 5 business days.

Patient costs for the two-part test may vary depending on patient insurance.

If you are dealing with chronic urological infections, please ask your UCPA physician about the new MicroGen DX test. For questions, call our offices at 717-724-0720 or 717-763-1174.

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UCPA & ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer Announce 2020 ZERO Prostate Cancer Event

With the best interest of our community and families in mind, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and UCPA will hold a virtual celebration in Harrisburg this year.  The 2020 ZERO Prostate Cancer Event will be held on Friday, September 25th as scheduled.

Further details and information about the event will be shared as they become available. Thank you for your support and we look forward to creating a fun, informative and interactive event to honor our prostate cancer patients and community.

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UCPA Reopens Surgery Center Following Health & Safety Guidelines

Urology of Central PA reopened our Ambulatory Surgery Center on May 4, with a careful approach to ensure we follow all PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

Almost two months ago, we asked you to discuss delaying elective medical and surgical care with your urologist during the COVID-19 threat. Today, we are requesting that you speak with your urologist about resuming your normal care and procedures at UCPA.

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Protecting Patients and Staff with the SAFE Approach

At UCPA, we are making every effort to ensure the safety of our staff and patients with some additional protocols in place.

SAFE Approach at UCPA:
Safety protocols: We’ve expanded use of personal protective equipment – for both patients and providers. All of our staff and providers will be wearing masks and following CDC-recommended hand hygiene protocols. We ask that our patients wear masks into the clinic.
Adapting to new ways to treat patients. We will continue to offer telemed/telehealth.
Facility changes – we’ll create more space in the waiting room, fewer patients in the practice at any given day/time, extensive cleaning and sanitation protocols are in place.
Entry into the clinic – everyone will be screened prior to entry.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep everyone safe!

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Patients & Caregivers must Wear Masks in Healthcare Providers’ Offices

New guidelines from Governor Tom Wolf shared on Sunday, April 19, include direction for patients and caregivers to wear masks when in public places, such as healthcare providers’ offices.

UCPA is following these guidelines and requests that all visitors to our offices wear masks.

For more information on the guidelines, please visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#UniversalMasking.

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Urology of Central Pennsylvania: Message to Our Patients

The physicians and staff of UCPA are committed to providing our patients with safe and effective urologic care.  During this time of national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to be thoughtful in our clinical decisions when meeting the clinical care needs of our patients. 

We are understanding of the unique needs of each individual patient and count on our patients to be active participants in their care.

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Resources for Prostate Cancer Patients and Survivors

For prostate cancer patients and survivors seeking support, we encourage you to look into these resources.

ZEROConnect
As more and more communities are being recommended to enter social isolation in order to protect the spread of the virus, the impacts may feel alienating and scary. If patients find themselves wishing for the human connection and support of another patient, survivor, or caregiver, ZEROConnect is there for them. An online support group that is nearly 2,500 strong, ZEROConnect invites members to share stories, photos, and ask questions of one another.

ZERO360
For patients who are struggling financially, need transportation, or require help navigating the health systems, call (844) 244-1309 for free, comprehensive patient support via ZERO360.

MENtor
For patients wanting one-on-one support with another patient or survivor, ZERO’s MENtor program can match you with someone who has been in your shoes. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer’s MENtors are standing by ready to answer your questions and provide you with their insights and lessons learned.

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UCPA’s Local Hero Recognized by Capitol Police for Bravery

Everyone at Urology of Central PA is proud to work with our own local hero – Alex Froseth.
Alex witnessed an accident in the Capitol Complex and pulled a person from the car while it was on fire.  She was recognized by the Capitol Police for her heroic actions at the end of January.Alex has worked with UCPA since 2007.  Thanks for making a difference, Alex, at UCPA and in our community.

 

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UCPA’s Dr. Elliott Discusses Leaky Bladders, Botox, and More on Chick2Chick

Do you know the difference between a little leak or a bigger bladder problem? Dr. Elliott discussed great info with Flora Posteraro and Carrie Perry from Chick2Chick.

Leaking urine does NOT need to be a forever problem. Learn how to get your flow under control at an educational seminar about Overactive Bladder on March 16, in Harrisburg. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2uAasrv

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