Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
|Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center|
|Location||Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Affiliated university||Pennsylvania State University|
|Emergency department||Adult Level I
Pediatric Level I
|Lists||Hospitals in Pennsylvania|
In 1963, the M. S. Hershey Foundation offered $50 million to the Pennsylvania State University to establish a medical school and teaching hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. With this grant and $21.3 million from the U.S. Public Health Service, the University built a medical school, teaching hospital, and research center. Ground was broken in 1966 and Penn State's College of Medicine opened its doors to the first class of students in 1967. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accepted its first patients in 1970.
The original buildings at Penn State Hershey Medical Center included the Medical Science Building and medical center, Animal Research Farm, Laundry and Steam Plant, and University Manor Apartments. Since 1970, the campus has grown from 318 to 550 acres (2.2 km2). Many additions have been made to the academic and patient-care facilities.
Today, Penn State Hershey Medical Center has completed several carefully planned construction projects. Additions were made to reflect a steady increase in patient demand for services and to expand research and teaching programs.
Penn State College of Medicine students have gone on to become productive physicians and scientists. As of May 2011, the College of Medicine has granted 3,904 medical degrees and 1,004 graduate degrees. The College of Medicine offers degree programs in anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, bioengineering, cell and molecular biology, genetics, integrative biosciences, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology, and two postdoctoral programs leading to an M.S. degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine, the only such program in the Commonwealth, and a M.S. in Public Health Sciences and a newly inaugurating M.P.H. Graduate program. Each year, more than 550 resident physicians are trained in medical specialties at the Medical Center.
Nursing students from Penn State College of Health and Human Development B.S. degree program rotate through the Medical Center for clinical courses each term, and students from other Penn State health-related programs and other institutions come to the campus for clinical experience. The extended B.S. degree program for nurses is offered in conjunction with the College of Health and Human Development.
Continuing education programs serve Penn State Hershey Medical Center and health-care professionals throughout Pennsylvania, with enrollments exceeding 51,000 each year.
Basic and clinical research is conducted at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is supported by more than $100 million in awards from federal, state, and private agencies, businesses, and individuals.
At the end of June, 2010, Penn State Hershey Medical Center admitted nearly 27,000 patients and provided care through over 854,000 outpatient and 57,000 emergency-service visits. Penn State Hershey Medical Center has over 8,800 employees, 400 volunteers, and the College of Medicine enrolls more than 800 students annually.
Penn State College of Medicine
|Type||State-affiliated Private School|
|Dean||A. Craig Hillemeier, M.D.|
|Location||Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
As of May 2011, the Penn State College of Medicine has graduated 3,907 physicians (M.D.) and 1,004 scientists with Ph.D. or M.S. degrees. The College of Medicine offers degree programs in anatomy, bioengineering, biomedical sciences, bioinformatics and genomics, genetics, immunology and infectious diseases, integrative biosciences, molecular medicine, molecular toxicology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology. Two postdoctoral programs leading to an M.S. degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine, the only such program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in Public Health Sciences. Each year, more than 550 resident physicians are trained in medical specialties at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Nursing students from Penn State College of Health and Human Development B.S. degree program rotate through the Medical Center for clinical courses each term, and students from other Penn State health-related programs and other institutions come to the campus for clinical experience. The extended B.S. degree program for nurses is offered in conjunction with the College of Health and Human Development.
College of Medicine statistics
Doctor of Medicine
As of 2010:
- Nearly 1 in 6 applicants to U.S. medical schools applies to Penn State College of Medicine.
- 7,649 applicants sought entry into the program’s Class of 2013. Of that figure, 144 students matriculated.
- The entering class population is 51 percent female, 49 percent male, and 9 percent under-represented minorities.
- 796 full-time and 55 part-time faculty members.
- Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000; 91 percent of their students receive financial aid.
- 3,907 alumni
Resident and Fellowship Programs
As of 2010:
- 22 residency/fellowship programs
- 33 sub-specialty programs
- 5 affiliated hospitals for residents
- 3,474 medical residency alumni
As of 2010:
- 337 applicants sought entry for the 2008-09 school year with 203 currently pursuing graduate degrees.
- 218 College of Medicine staff members serve as Penn State’s graduate faculty as teachers, thesis advisors, and mentors for graduate students.
- Most full-time students receive graduate assistantships, including a stipend; tuition remission; and health, vision, and dental insurance. Students supported by Penn State College of Medicine receive assistantships of at least $23,028, and all Ph.D. students receive a stipend and tuition remission.
- 1,004 alumni
- In the 1980s, College of Medicine researchers led by John Kreider and Mary Kay Howett and funded by the Jake Gittlen Cancer Research Foundation perfected a technique for propagating the human papilloma virus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer. This and other lab techniques and materials developed by microbiologists in the college helped lead to vaccines against HPV, the first of which earned FDA approval in 2006.
- A group of basic and clinical scientists secured the College of Medicine’s largest ever nongovernmental grant to support their work related to diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that is a leading cause of blindness. The nearly $9 million from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International will help our researchers translate what they learn in the lab into better diagnostic tests and treatments for patients.
- The College of Medicine received a $2.8 million federal matching grant to enlarge the existing Drug Discovery Core Facility The new facility will promote the translation of advances in basic biomedical research and clinical investigation into new agents that will improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of disease and the promotion of good health. The grant, supported with ARRA (“stimulus”) funds, will enable renovation of a 6,600-square-foot (610 m2) facility in the Biomedical Research Building and 1,700 square feet (160 m2) of related workspace to support the Drug Discovery Program.
- A team of Penn State Hershey scientists and physicians have been awarded a 7-year, $53.9 million grant to support the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for AsthmaNet, a nationwide clinical research network that will develop and conduct clinical trials to address important questions regarding the clinical management of patients with asthma and the development and evaluation of novel therapies. The DCC will have a central role in all stages of AsthmaNet studies, from design and development to implementation, data analysis, and interpretation, and dissemination of the results.
- The Food and Drug Administration has funded a 3-year, 1.2 million phase 3 clinical trial at Penn State Hershey to evaluate the use of calfactant in reducing mortality among children with Acute Lung Injury, a common life-threatening complication among pediatric leukemia and lymphoma and hematopoetic stem cell transplant recipients. As more effective therapies are developed for the prevention and treatment of acute lung injury, outcomes will continue to improve for pediatric cancers which are responsible for more deaths in children over one year of age than any other disease.
- Penn State Hershey investigators are working on a 5-year, $2.3 million study from the Centers for Disease Control to evaluate low cost interventions to enhance a statewide program of post-natal parent education about violent infant shaking. The goal is to appreciably reduce the incidence of abusive head trauma in Pennsylvania. Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of traumatic deaths and injury to young children and infants.
- The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awarded a $7.5 million grant to Penn State Hershey investigators to study the effect of a low dose of antiestrogen medications and omega-3 fatty acids on reducing high breast density, which can increase the risk of breast cancer.
- Supported by a $3.2 million Department of Defense appropriation, the Penn State Center for Pharmacogenetics will create a repository of samples from patients treated at the Cancer Institute to study individual responses to therapeutic drugs and environmental toxins. Researchers will use the repository to identify specific gene variations, or molecular signatures, in cancer cells and use that knowledge to accelerate the identification of new molecular entities and ultimately develop more effective and personalized ways to prevent and treat cancer.
- The largest donor to the hospital each fiscal year is the 'Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Since its inception in 1973 by the Main Campuses Intrafraternity Council, the 'Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, colloquially known as "THON", has raised money and awareness to support the patients and research efforts of the Penn State Hershey Childr''en's Hospital and The "Four Diamonds Fund" research laboratory. In total, since 1973 THON has raised more than $100 Million for The "Four Diamonds Fund", enabling groundbreaking research in the pediatric oncology specialty. In addition, the funding from "Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon enables all pediatric oncology patients to be treated for free. In 2013 THON raised more than 13 Million dollars for the "Four Diamonds Fund" (www.THON.org).
LionCare student-run free clinic
|Motto||Vincat Scientia Morbos|
|Formation||January 1, 2002|
Since 2001, the students of the College of Medicine have run and operated a free clinic for the underserved of Central Pennsylvania. The clinic is called LionCare, and is based out of the Bethesda Mission, a homeless shelter, in midtown Harrisburg, PA. Over the years, the clinic has expanded its services and now has clinics for Women's Health, Orthopedics, Neurology, Psychiatry and Dermatology. The clinic is staffed and serviced entirely by the students of the College, under the supervision of faculty physicians.
The patients served by the clinic are individuals in transition who would otherwise not have access to care. They include residents of the Bethesda Mission, the Women's Shelter, the Salvation Army Program, and the Community Corrections Center in addition to the homeless population of Harrisburg. The clinic is also involved in a wide array of community outreach initiatives, including health education, targeted screenings, blood tests, and vaccinations. The clinic dispenses a wide variety of medications free of charge and refers patients as needed to other physicians.
LionCare is a non-profit organization.
Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center is the only children's hospital located in South Central Pennsylvania and maintains the region's only Level III (highest level), state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital received the highest rating for its care to medical, surgical, and trauma patients by the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Evaluations. This ranks the PICU among the top in the United States. The hospital is a leader in several specialties including neonatal care, pediatric oncology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric surgery, and pediatric trauma. The Children's Hospital houses 131 beds and treats more than 125,000 patients annually.
- Construction is underway on the new 252,000-square-foot (23,400 m2) Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, designed by Payette. The 5-story building with an additional floor below ground is adjacent to the Medical Center’s main entrance. The facility will include surgical suites, private pediatric and adolescent patient rooms, outpatient clinics for children with cancer, and a new pediatric radiology unit. A live webcam of the new Penn State Children's Hospital can be seen at http://pennstatehershey.org/web/construction/webcam
- It is the region’s only children’s hospital and only Level 1 pediatric trauma center. The Children’s Hospital also performs the region’s only bone marrow stem cell and kidney transplants for pediatric patients.
- The Children’s Hospital consists of more than 150 pediatric medical and surgical specialists renowned in disciplines such as cancer, cardiology, and critical care.
- The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only fully equipped and staffed academic level IIIC (highest level possible) NICU between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
- The Children’s Hospital was selected as one of Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence TM Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery facilities.
Statistics FY ‘10
- Pediatric beds (total) - 131
- Pediatric medical/surgical beds - 41
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit beds - 12
- Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit beds - 16
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds - 36
- Rehabilitation beds - 10
- Child psychiatry beds - 16
- Children’s Hospital discharges - 6,000
- Births - 1,700
- Pediatric outpatient visits - 307,281
In 2008 and 2011, Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital was listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Children's Hospitals. For the 2013-2014 year, The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children's Hospital was ranked in 5 specialties including: Cancer (#35), Cardiology and Heart Surgery (#44), Neurology and Neurosurgery (#35), Orthopedics (#39) and Urology (#35).
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