New Mother Thanks Mount Nittany Health for Care While Pregnant with COVID-19

June 17, 2022
4 min read


Susan Alters was 33 weeks pregnant when she developed symptoms of COVID-19. Her OGBYN advised her to go to the emergency room. Susan received a rapid test, which came back positive. She would need to stay for 12 days and her husband Bradley couldn’t see her until she tested negative. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but Susan can’t say enough positive things about the care she received from the staff at Mount Nittany Health, including Dr. Jonathan Siuta, Hospitalist at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

“My husband and I both agree Dr. Siuta deserves so much acknowledgment for his care of me, my unborn baby, and my husband,” says Susan. “I want the world to know what a great physician he is and the exceptional care he gave our family.”

Dr. Siuta and his team include fellowship-trained and board certified specialists, hospitalists and intensivists. They worked together, and reached out to their vast network, to determine the best treatment options for Susan and her baby. 

Susan ended up requiring an emergency C-section and her husband could not be in the operating room. It was a stressful situation for the family, but everything went fine, and Susan gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Lily.

“Dr. Siuta made sure my baby was safe and each area of concern was met with a treatment plan,” said Susan. “I am overwhelmed with his concern and grateful for his commitment. Dr. Siuta will always hold a special place in our hearts, for without him we may not be the family we are today.”

Susan was so grateful for the care she received that she returned to Mount Nittany Health on Monday, May 9, to speak at the Luminary Reflection event held in the healing garden. Lily played happily in the background with her Dad, as Susan recounted her story to those in attendance.

“We want to thank all of the doctors, medical staff, nurses, and workers for what they’ve done and what they have to endure,” says Susan. “My husband I want them all acknowledged for the care they have been giving.

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