Andy and Marilyn Charney

Life-Saving Medicine within Reach

Life-Saving Medicine within Reach

Twenty-five miles west of State College, on a dairy farm in rural Belleville, Andy Charney says it's simple: He and his wife Marilyn chose to donate to Mount Nittany Medical Center's new cardiovascular pavilion for one reason.

"My vision for the future of our region is that, no matter the health concern, no one will have to travel for quality care," he says. "This pavilion is certainly a good start."

The founder of Scientific Systems, Inc., a leading company in liquid chromatography sciences, Andy grew the business from little more than a dream to the industry leader that it is today, 51 years later. The State College area native worked hard on that dream.

"What I learned in my 50 years of business is that money or things don't build anything," shares Andy. "People build it."

Several years ago, when Andy was diagnosed with bladder cancer that required surgery, he was sent to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the center of Baltimore, where he was under care for some time. During the stay, his family lived nearby in the city, which he and Marilyn agree was not ideal.

"Our area has everything a person could want for themselves and their family. Over the years, I've recruited folks from as far away as California," says Andy. "If you ask me, this environment is ideal; there's no reason anyone shold have to leave the comfort of their home here for anything."

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