Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center - Who We Are

Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center has been serving the greater Harrisburg region with high-quality, ethically guided and patient-focused health care services since 1963. This 307-bed community hospital in East Pennsboro Township provides outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical and surgical services. Holy Spirit Medical Center joined Penn State Health in 2020.

Nationally accredited for its centers of excellence in cardiac care, atrial fibrillation, heart attack (STEMI), heart failure, stroke, diabetes, knee and hip replacement and spine surgery, Holy Spirit Medical Center is also certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Its Level II Trauma Center provides around-the-clock complex critical care for people with life-threatening injuries.

Holy Spirit Medical Center is committed to Penn State Health’s RITE values:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence

Integral to our values as a Catholic hospital, we also model:

  • Dignity - We value the sacredness of life and the dignity of each person.
  • Wholism - We promote the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each person.
  • Service - We meet the needs of others with compassion and competence.
  • Stewardship - We responsibly use the resources entrusted to our care.
  • Quality - We commit ourselves to continuous improvement and to the satisfaction of those we serve.
  • Integrity - We consistently demonstrate high ethical standards and values.

Our Story

The Sisters of Christian Charity established Holy Spirit Hospital in 1963 to carry out the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to all in need. In 1972, Holy Spirit Hospital opened a community mental health center, offering inpatient psychiatric care. Four years later, it opened a family health center in Dillsburg, the first of dozens of Holy Spirit outpatient practices in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and Northern York counties.

In 2003, Holy Spirit completed the Ortenzio Heart Center, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of heart problems. Holy Spirit Health System signed a letter of intent with Geisinger Health System in 2013 and became Geisinger Holy Spirit in 2014. After joining Penn State Health in 2020, it was then renamed Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

Together with the nearby Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, Holy Spirit Medical Center underscores our commitment to all people in the communities we serve.

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Quality Awards

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has recognized Holy Spirit Medical Center for its efforts to ensure patient safety.

Holy Spirit Medical Center is among 17 hospitals statewide to receive HAP’s Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition this year. Now in its third year, the program honors Pennsylvania’s top-performing hospitals that have demonstrated low rates of healthcare-associated infections.

Over the years, Holy Spirit Medical Center has earned American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) honors for our commitment to providing evidence-based heart and stroke care. Holy Spirit Medical Center was the first hospital in Pennsylvania to receive the GWTG Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Gold award, recognizing us for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation. We also earned the GWTG Heart Failure Gold Plus award, and the GWTG Stroke Gold Plus award.

We are certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and we earned Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care from The Joint Commission. We are accredited as a Chest Pain Center (primary PCI with resuscitation) by the American College of Cardiology.

Holy Spirit Medical Center earned Highmark Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center designations for cardiac care and spine surgery, as well as Blue Distinction Center+ designation for knee and hip replacement. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

We've earned the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) which recognizes our commitment to providing positive experiences for the older adults in our care.