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Partners in Medicine

Leadership Welcome

Welcome to Partners in Medicine (PIM) at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center! PIM is dedicated to introducing our members and their spouses to one another while offering an outlet for networking, coordinating social activities and facilitating friendships. We support each other and our greater community through acts of service.

PIM is a group comprising spouses and significant others of residents, fellows, medical students and new attending physicians (within their first three years of employment) in all specialties at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Although we come from various backgrounds and perspectives, we share a common bond: the medical journey.

The 2020-2021 year has already brought several changes. For the first time in our history, we are including medical students, fellows and new attendings. This expansions allows us to more closely follow our group’s goal to provide support to all stages of this medical journey. We have also created a dedicated diversity committee; this group has already done an incredible job facilitating conversations and education for our members.

Stefani Patterson and Olivia Walker, co-presidents
Michelle DeOliveria, treasurer

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Partners in Medicine Committees and Groups

Book Club Expand answer

About the Group

The Partners in Medicine book club holds monthly meetings at rotating members’ homes. The club’s goal is to discuss a wide variety of books – fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry and more.

A poll is taken at the beginning of each month to determine the book for the month.

All book lovers are welcome!


The 2020-2021 book club officer is Grace Mawhorter.

Communications Committee Expand answer

About the Group

The communications officer for Partners in Medicine:

  • Coordinates monthly newsletter contributions from officers and other members
  • Creates a monthly calendar of events
  • Assembles and distribute a monthly newsletter to all Partners in Medicine members


The 2020-2021 communications officer is Prachi Thosar.

Community Service Committee Expand answer

About the Group

The Partners in Medicine community service committee exists to coordinate and encourage members to serve the Hershey area.

For partners, community service is a great way to get to know their new home, meet people in the area and feel good about giving back.

The community service committee provides easy ways to participate in charitable activities and events in the community and also organizes Partners in Medicine group efforts. Throughout the year, the group collects items for charities at PIM events, so members are encouraged to keep an eye on monthly newsletters for details.

The group is currently trying to practice social distancing and staying in smaller groups, so community service events may be limited. Members are encouraged to contact the group if they know of a community service opportunity that might be a good fit.


The 2020-2021 community service officers are Sumana Nagavalli and Katie Portolese.

Diversity Ambassadors Expand answer
A group of people from diverse backgrounds sits around an outdoor table.

Members of Partners in Medicine and their children participate in a diversity activity in 2019. Note: This activity took place before COVID-19 social-distancing and masking requirements.

About the Group

The PIM diversity ambassadors aim to create awareness on issues related to diversity and inclusivity. Together, the group works to provide resources encouraging anti-bias and anti-racist work.

The group’s goal is to create an inclusive environment; foster meaningful conversations around racial justice, social justice, equity and diversity; and provide education regarding cultural differences.


The 2020-2021 diversity ambassadors are Amanda Billington, Danielle Menon, Natalia Pierwola-Gawin, Eman Sallam and Sarah Vaca.

Fitness Club Expand answer

About the Group

The officers of the fitness club plan and lead regular meetups to walk or run together during warmer months.

Meetings occur on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis, depending on interest. The club plans for those with and without children.


The 2020-2021 fitness officer is Amanda Billington.

Hospitality Committee Expand answer

About the Group

One of the special things Partners in Medicine’s hospitality committee does is to provide meals and assistance to members who are bringing new children into their homes.

Group members know how tough those first few months can be, so they try giving new parents a little extra relaxation time by supplying them with dinner.

Those expecting a baby or planning to adopt soon should contact the group.

The hospitality committee also offers meals and assistance to members in need due to surgery, an illness or a death in the family. While the group hopes members never have to face tough times, when they do, they’d like to have a part in making them a little easier. Members are again encouraged to contact the hospitality committee in a time of need.


The 2020-2021 hospitality officer is Eman Sallam.

Large Social Events Expand answer

About the Group

The large social events group plans and coordinates large events that offer something for the whole family. This includes a Welcome Back Picnic and Favorite Things Party, a Friendsgiving Dinner, graduation and more.

For the 2020-2021 year, the group is doing its best to implement large-scale events for members that keep everyone healthy and follow best public health practices.


The 2020-2021 large social events officers are Korie McQuaite and Tiani Fuller.

Meetings Expand answer

About the Group

Partners in Medicine holds quarterly meetings to discuss ideas, plan for new events and just catch up with other members. These meetings are informal and are open to all members. Officers, new members and existing members are all encouraged to attend.


The 2020-2021 meetings officer is Stefani Patterson.

Members' Night Out Expand answer
A group of six people are seen sitting in several different rafts on a creek in 2019.

A river float was one of the 2019-2020 Partners in Medicine activities. Note: This activity took place before COVID-19 social-distancing and masking requirements.

About the Group

For those who need a night out or need to leave their spouse at home and let loose with people having similar thoughts, the “Members’ Night Out” program sets up fun monthly get togethers.

Past activities have included axe-throwing, indulging in sweets for a night, snuggling goats and drinking wine, rafting down a local creek and more.


The 2020-2021 “Members’ Night Out” officer is Tiani Fuller.

Playgroup Expand answer
Two young children are seen smiling, sitting at the base of a tree. A table full of gift bags and an adult are visible in the background.

Children of Partners in Medicine members are seen during the 2020 Partners in Medicine orientation activity.

About the Group

The Partners in Medicine playgroup plans weekly meetings for children of all ages. This provides an opportunity for parents and kids to meet, explore and build friendships.

During mild weather, the playgroup often meets at local parks or playgrounds, exploring options around the greater Hershey area. On rainy or wintry days, they check out indoor options.

Once a month, the group plans a special outing that will sometimes require a small fee. These are great opportunities to try out wonderful activities for kids of all ages. The playgroup usually holds special parties for holidays, with snacks and crafts and activities for kids.

Information about playgroup activities is in the Partners in Medicine monthly newsletter and also on the playgroup’s Facebook group. Any changes due to weather or other circumstances are posted on Facebook, so playgroup members should make sure to join the group.

To be added to the Facebook group or with ideas for parks to visit or special outings, contact the playgroup officers.


The 2020-2021 playgroup officers are Ashley Mears, Sarah Vaca, Emily Wright and Danielle Menon.

Social Committee Expand answer

About the Group

Everyone needs a break from a busy schedule, and that’s what the Partners in Medicine social committee is for! Getting out of the house and meeting new people is always the best way to make a new place feel more like home.

The group holds a monthly Members’ Night Out, which rotates evenings each month. Appetizers are provided by Partners in Medicine, and an Evite invitation is sent every month with the date and location.

The group also hosts a variety of events throughout the year; again, Evites will be sent.


The 2020-2021 social officers are Katie McQuaite and Tiani Fuller.

Sponsorship Committee Expand answer

About the Group

Partners in Medicine sponsors are local businesses that the group has chosen as its favorites, and in exchange for a $75 annual donation, they are given advertising space and opportunities to market directly to members.

Sponsors are given the “PIM Preferred” label, and they are a way for group members to be exposed to some of the best businesses in the area while helping to keep membership dues at a minimum. Some sponsors even offer special discounts to PIM members.

The sponsorship program is important to PIM members, so members are encouraged to do their best to remember the sponsors and to support them as they have supported the group!

Members who find a business that might be a great sponsor for Partners in Medicine should contact the sponsorship committee.

Members are asked to “Like” current sponsors on Facebook and to check out their websites as well. All sponsor logos are listed at the end of each newsletter. The group also has a regional guide that serves as a great resource for local businesses and great activities in Hershey and the surrounding areas.


The 2020-2021 sponsorship officer is Katie Soriano.

Connect with Partners in Medicine

Learn more about Partners in Medicine by emailing

The group maintains two Facebook groups – one for all Partners in Medicine information and one specifically for its playgroup. Contact the group or check the monthly member newsletter for details.

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