Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
The 504 bed at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, provides high quality medical care while serving as a setting for educational and research programs. There are more than 25,000 patients admitted, more than 47,000 emergency room visits and over 700,000 outpatient visits each year at PSHMC. Penn State Hershey Medical Center is staffed by approximately 500 full-time faculty physicians, 52 residency and fellowship programs and over 560 residents and fellows. There are accredited residency training programs in anesthesia, dermatology, family and community medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, diagnostic radiology, combined internal medicine and pediatrics (Med-Peds), nuclear radiology, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, and urology, in addition to internal medicine. PSHMC receives over 100 million dollars in annual research funding.
Penn State Hershey Medical Center is a referral center for physicians and communities throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states, and provides primary care for residents of the surrounding area. It has established centers for patients with cardiovascular diseases, newborn infants (neonatal intensive care), hemophiliacs, poisoning, and muscular dystrophy patients. It has comprehensive programs in emergency services, AIDS comprehensive care clinic, high-risk obstetrics, adult and childhood cancer, endocrine laboratory services, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorder treatment, genetics, cardiothoracic surgery, transplantation (heart, kidney, pancreas, liver) spinal cord injuries, sports medicine, artificial organs, and both adult and pediatric cardiology. It is a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults.
Expansion of Penn State Hershey Medical Center's Critical Care Transport Service has been made to include the availability of both air transport (LIFE LION) and ground transport with the Mobile Life Support Unit (MLSU). Penn State Hershey Life Lion, University-owned helicopters, began operation in December 1986, routinely make several flights per day to bring critically ill patients to our hospital.
The typical acute-care inpatient unit, arranged in three wings, has 52 private rooms, each with a dedicated bathroom. Such privacy enables physicians, students, and patients to have frank discussions of each problem while maintaining the utmost dignity of the patient as well as optimal educational opportunities for students and resident physicians. The 16-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit and a 24 bed Medical Intermediate Care Unit feature state-of-the-art diagnostic and monitoring equipment. The quality of patient care is enhanced by programs such as primary care nursing, patient care advocate, pastoral services, and social services. A full range of ancillary support services is available including phlebotomy and IV teams.
The Penn State Cancer Institute is comprised of an independent day hospital and infusion room for outpatient care as well as a dedicated ward for inpatient treatment. Currently located in the south wing of the sixth floor, this area is poised for growth as it prepares to take over all three wings of the seventh floor, pending completion of the Penn State Children's Hospital.
The Penn State Heart and Vascular Unit is a dedicated unit specializing in cardiac and vascular medicine. The PSHVI is made up of a Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate Care Unit and floor space. The most advanced monitoring and therapeutic life saving techniques (such as extracroporeal membrane oxygenation - heart/lung bypass) find their home in the PSHVI.
Lebanon VA Medical Center
A University teaching service was established at Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center (LVAMC) in 1988 to provide residents experience with a broader base of patients and clinical problems. The teaching faculty holds appointments at both the LVAMC and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Patients are cared for by three resident teams consisting of one senior resident and one intern each. The night float system continues at the VA, eliminating overnight call. Fellows from PSHMC rotate to the LVAMC in cardiology, as do residents in neurology and dermatology, podiatry, ophthalmology and general surgery. Inpatient Hospice care is also provided at the LVAMC.
The facility is located approximately 17 miles from Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Residents are provided meals, pagers, sleeping quarters, work rooms and other amenities during rotations at LVAMC.
Lancaster General Hospital
Lancaster General Health is a 623-licensed bed not-for-profit health system. Senior residents have the opportunity to rotate with the private practice hospitalist group at this facility. While still supervised, the resident will function nearly autonomously as a member of the hospitalist team. Preference is given to residents who desire to pursue a career in hospitalist medicine.
LGH is located approximately 30 miles from Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Residents are provided housing (if requested/required) while on this rotation. The City of Lancaster, the oldest inland city in the United States of America, offers our residents the opportunity to experience an alternate Central Pennsylvania location. For more about the City of Lancaster visit the website.