Why Choose Penn State Health

Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system that serves patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. The system comprises five hospitals, including its flagship teaching and research hospital, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, central Pennsylvania’s only acute care hospital specifically for ill or injured children. Penn State Health partners with Penn State College of Medicine, the University’s medical school, to improve lives through research and education.

Patients have access to advanced primary and specialty care from doctors who are not only experts in their fields but also teach the next generation of doctors.

Awards and Accreditations

Penn State Health has earned national recognition for excellence in patient care that includes:

U.S News & World Report Honor Roll of Best Children's Hospital 2022-2023

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital ranked among the top children’s hospitals in three specialties - cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology and pulmonology.

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2021-2022

The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was named one of the top hospitals in the nation for orthopedic care on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals 2021-2022” rankings. Hershey Medical Center is recognized as “high performing” in five additional specialties: gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

Overall, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hershey Medical Center as No. 1 in the Harrisburg metro region and No. 6 in Pennsylvania out of more than 200 hospitals evaluated.

Learn more about Penn State Health's awards and accreditations.

Advanced Care Close to Home

Penn State Health’s goal is to ensure everyone in the community is within:

  • 10 minutes of our primary care providers
  • 20 minutes of our specialty care services
  • 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care hospital

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to providing compassionate, inclusive and equitable care and increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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