Dottie Huck

Dottie Huck

Dottie Huck

Dorothy (“Dottie” to everyone) Huck was a dynamo.

Soon after they joined the State College community as residents in 2003, Dorothy and Lloyd Huck, became intimately involved in the community. (Dottie and Lloyd both graduated from Penn State in 1943, and had been giving countless hours of volunteer service to the University since.) Almost from the moment she unpacked her Morristown, NJ home here in State College, Dottie was a regular volunteer on the fourth floor at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The fourth floor happens to be where the birthing suites are located, and Dottie called that floor, “the VERY best place to work in any hospital.” There she assisted the clinical staff with delivery of lab tests/results, and also greeted visitors, checked in on patients and distributed flowers and mail. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Dottie has always valued quality healthcare—what mother and wife doesn’t? She and Lloyd were long time volunteers and supporters at Morristown Hospital before they moved to State College. They brought that deep understanding and appreciation for having outstanding healthcare very close by with them when they moved.

Because they understood so well the complexities of healthcare and of strategic planning for healthcare in uncertain times, the Hucks did not restrict their significant gifts to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center. When determining their major gifts for Mount Nittany Health, Dottie and Lloyd were known to say, “Use this for what your greatest need is RIGHT NOW.”

The Huck's legacy will live on at Mount Nittany Health as their estate was designated to the Lung Nodule Clinic, developed at Mount Nittany Health; a program optimizing the quality of life for adults in central Pennsylvania through the early detection of lung cancer, by use of evidence-based best practices and a team approach.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women, accounting for about 220,000 newly diagnosed cases and nearly 160,000 lung cancer-related deaths every year,. The program's goal is to transform these disheartening outcomes through early detection, routine pulmonary nodule follow-up, and smoking cessation.

The program is being rolled out in two stages, with the first stage addressing the growing number of patients diagnosed with pulmonary nodules, and the second stage offering at-risk patients low-dose CT lung cancer screenings.

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