At current medical school graduation and training rates, the U.S. could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next fifteen years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Primary care physicians will be in greatest demand, with an estimated 45,000 more needed by 2020. This reality holds true in central Pennsylvania, which has made it difficult to manage the health needs of the local community, including Penn State employees, retirees and their dependents. The Penn State Hershey medical team in State College is growing and working very hard to overcome this challenge.
In early 2010, the Penn State Hershey Medical Group in State College consisted of one location on Park Avenue. Today, the Medical Group has expanded to six outpatient sites
, including an endoscopy center
, as well as laboratory
and primary care walk-in services
. This extends the expertise and exceptional quality care of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center closer to home for many patients in Centre County. Penn State Hershey continues to recruit highly trained providers in a variety of specialties to practice at these locations.
This growth is part of a larger vision to build a regional medical campus for Penn State College of Medicine
at University Park, in collaboration with Mount Nittany Health. The University Park Regional Campus is training the next generation of physicians and other health professionals in the State College community, thanks to the support and leadership of Penn State College of Medicine. Primary care and rural-based medicine are the centerpiece of this mission. Click here for more information