Welcome to Penn State Hershey Medical Center
At Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, we offer a variety of innovative prevention programs, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques, and a dedicated team of physicians, nurses and other medical professionals. You can learn more about our services by browsing the alphabetical listing on the clinical departments page, organized by medical services, hospitals, institutes and centers, and outpatient locations.
Quiet Hospitals Help Healing
Noise in and around the patient's room has a negative effect on healing. Research has proven that patients who receive care in noisy hospital environments experience higher blood pressures and heart rates. Additionally, patients report having increased anxiety and levels of pain. Altogether, noise leads to extended lengths of stay and a poor patient care experience. Hospitals that have been successful at decreasing noise levels in and around the patient's room report improved patient satisfaction.
The Medical Center and Children's Hospital have established quiet hours to promote patient healing.
Adult units will have quiet hours from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. The Children's Hospital will have quiet hours from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. The NICU will continue to observe quiet hours 24 hours a day.
Patients, families, and visitors are informed of the healing time as a means to help healing, and promote a restful environment.
Caring for Families
Every year, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a destination for hope and healing for thousands of children and their families. As the only Level I pediatric trauma center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, we serve the most populous rural regions in the nation, with more than a million children in our referral area.
The new 263,000-square-foot, five-story facility funded in part by private donors and state development dollars is nearly completion. The nearly $207 million facility is being built adjacent to the Medical Center’s main entrance. The design is child-friendly with a look and feel appropriate for young patients and their families.
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To learn more about how you can advance the care and well-being of children at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, please call 717-531-8497.
Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center opened to patients in July, 2009. Parking is available for patients in the lot on the right of the building (near the Life Lion helipad), in Lot E (open parking in front of the Cancer Institute/new main hospital entrance), and on the first two floors of the Centerview Parking garage. Valet parking is also available to all patients and is free to those with handicap tags.
Penn State Hershey is a tobacco-free institution
For the health of our community, Penn State Hershey is a tobacco-free institution. Smoking and other tobacco use is prohibited indoors and outdoors on all Penn State Hershey premises, as are electronic cigarettes.
Smoking is a major health risk and Penn State Hershey offers a variety of smoking cessation opportunities, including counseling and a smoking cessation support group, to help patients quit the habit. For more information, call 800-243-1455.
- Hershey dean/CEO completes ice bucket challenge for ALS Dr. Craig Hillemeier, CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs, and dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, took the ice bucket challenge today (Aug. 28) on behalf of the Penn State Hershey ALS Clinic, which sees about 200 patients from across Pennsylvania and conducts cutting edge research into the causes and potential treatments for ALS. The Penn State Nittany Lion did the dousing.More...
- Sebastianelli, Lynch take on new roles in State College Dr. Wayne J. Sebastianelli, who has served as director of athletic medicine at Penn State since 1992, has been named the new associate dean for clinical affairs for the Penn State College of Medicine Regional Campus in State College. Dr. Scott Lynch, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and the director of sports medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will become the new director of athletic medicine for the University.More...
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- New simulation area lets patients, parents practice their new device Patients and parents of Children’s Hospital patients can now practice PICC home care in a new patient education simulation area in the Children’s Hospital Resource Center. A PICC - peripherally inserted central catheter – is a tube usually inserted in the upper arm into a vein to allow extended intravenous access for medicine delivery, blood draws, and other procedures. Home care is important to avoid complications like infection. The area was created jointly by the Penn State Hershey Clinical Simulation Center and the Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council.More...