U.S. Rep. John Joyce tours allied health programs at Penn State Mont Alto

Penn State News – Campus Life MONT ALTO, PA – “I have a background in health care and coming to Penn State is like coming home,” said U.S. Rep. John Joyce during a tour of Penn State Mont Alto’s allied health programs on Jan. 11.Joyce, a dermatologist from Blair County, chose to visit Penn State Mont Alto to help him better understand health care education in the region. He was recently sworn into the House of Representatives for the 13th Congressional District.
“You’re going to see changes in health care, and I think Penn State is on the forefront of helping me understand the importance of the education of our students in this community,” he said.
During his visit, Joyce met with officials Chancellor Francis K. Achampong and Chief Academic Officer Michael Doncheski and then toured the nursing, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapy assistant labs meeting representatives from each program.
Joyce rolled up his sleeves in the nursing lab and was eager to assist students with the delivery of a baby during a simulated birthing demonstration. The simulator can be programmed to give students practice in a variety of birthing scenarios.
“The opportunity to see the programs here, the innovation that is occurring for the students, and actually be able to watch the students in one of the labs is probably one of the high points of being here,” said Joyce.

Dr. Dan Dandy, teaching professor and academic coordinator of clinical education (left), answers questions about Penn State Mont Alto’s Physical Therapist Assistant program from Rep. John Joyce.
IMAGE: Debra Collins

Joyce also learned about the construction of Mont Alto’s new $13 million allied health building that is expected to open in July 2021.
“I knew about the strengths of their health care programs. They are part of the Penn State system. They are an integral part of educating students who are getting jobs …

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