We want to make it easy for physicians to refer a patient to Penn State Children’s Hospital, get a consult, request a transfer or transport, and access your patients’ records.

Refer a patient

To refer a patient to the Children’s Hospital, contact our MD Network at 800-233-4082. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can assist with appointments, admissions, transfers, and consultations

Find a doctor

Pediatric specialists in all disciplines are available to help your young patients.

To connect with a pediatric specialist, call our MD Network at 800-233-4082 and press 4.

When requesting an inpatient transfer, please anticipate the following from the Transfer Center:

  • Information gathering: patient name, date of birth, referring hospital name, referring physician name, contact information, insurance information and reason for referral
  • Connection to the appropriate attending physician in specified service line
  • Bed reservation for accepted patients
  • Assistance to arrange transportation
  • Patient transfer checklist (send the following along with the patient):
    • History and physical
    • Progress notes
    • Consult notes
    • Medication list
  • Results from all studies, imaging, and labs performed during care
  • For registration purposes, please fax the patient’s face sheet to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Transfer Center at 717-531-0125.

Other services for referring physicians

Penn State Provider Portal is a free, online portal that provides real-time access to information for patients you have referred to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Medical Group. To request access for your practice site please contact our Physician Liaisons:

The Children’s Hospital Directory of Programs and Services is available. Request a copy or additional copies for your office here.

To search for specific Penn State Children’s Hospital physicians or locations, please visit our find a doctor or find a location applications. 

Providers and staff at the Children's Hospital value the relationships we have with our partners and families throughout our region.

Patient Records

We know your work as a physician doesn’t end when you refer a patient to Penn State Children's Hospital. We’ve made it simple for you to access your patients’ medical records, so you can continue to offer the best possible care.

Penn State Provider Portal is a free, online portal that provides real-time access to information for patients you have referred to Penn State Children's Hospital and Penn State Medical Group.

Sign in to access records

To request access for your practice site please contact our Physician Liaisons at 717-531-4992

Real-time access to patient information

My Patients is a web-based application for referring physicians that provides real-time access to patient information from inpatient or outpatient visits at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

How it works

When a patient is registered for an inpatient or outpatient visit, he or she is asked to identify their primary care or referring doctor at that time. The web-application acknowledges the referring physician’s connection to the patient and gives the doctor access to view the patient’s data.

Contact info for referring physicians

Need assistance with My Patients? We are here to help! Contact please contact us at 717-531-6281.

Physician Liaison Program

Interested in starting a referral relationship with Penn State Children’s Hospital? Our physician liaisons can help.

Physician liaisons bridge the gap between referring physicians and the hospital and serve as a single point of contact for referring physicians to communicate with.

Contact a physician liaison

Contact our Children’s Hospital physician liaison at 717-531-8191

Single point of contact with the Children’s Hospital

Our physician liaisons are available to assist referring physicians with questions or concerns, facilitate effective communication with the hospital, and help you quickly resolve any issues.

We assist with:

  • Patient referrals
  • Information on new programs
  • Connecting with Penn State Children’s Hospital faculty
  • Participation in clinical trials

Immediate referrals – MD Network. if you need to refer a patient immediately, contact our MD Network at 800-233-4082 and press 4 for kids.

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Talking to a Patient About Penn State Children’s Hospital

When you refer a child to Penn State Children’s Hospital, you can feel confident that your patient will be receiving top-notch care from an award-winning institution. We encourage you to talk to the child and their families about the expertise of our Children’s Hospital to make them feel more comfortable and prepared before they arrive.

Refer a patient

Call our MD Network at 800-233-4082

and press 4 for kids. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Why Children’s is unique

Awards and accreditation

The Children’s Hospital is regularly honored for its excellence in patient care, capabilities, and research. For example, we rank in multiple specialties in U.S.News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals list. Learn more about our other areas of recognition.

Patient and family-centered care

The Children’s Hospital provides patient- and family-centered care - an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is based on partnerships among health care patients, families, and providers. Patients will see this concept reflected in our care teams and in our facility, which offers family-centered amenities such as play areas for patients and siblings and a teen lounge.

Quality and safety

Since formalizing our quality and safety program in 2013, we have implemented a number of initiatives to continue to ensure that patients receive outstanding care and are free from harm while in the hospital. Review our outcomes measures for 2015-16.

Care coordination

We have processes in place to help referring physicians seamlessly refer a patient, make an appointment or admission, get a consult, request a transfer or transport, and access patient records. Once your patient is admitted, you can track your patient’s progress with our online physician portal.

What to expect

Details can vary depending on the procedure your patient is having, but it may help parents to learn more about how to prepare their child and their family for their visit to the Children’s Hospital.

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