About Penn State Health St. Joseph

A 204-bed acute care hospital, Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center serves the Berks region with outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical and surgical services on its Bern Township, Pa., and downtown Reading campuses. Founded in 1873 by the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Joseph Medical Center has earned national accreditations for its centers of excellence in the treatment of chest pain, stroke, heart failure and cancer. St. Joseph Medical Center joined Penn State Health in 2015.


The Mission of St. Joseph Medical Center is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

The Core Values that guide us are:

  • Reverence – Profound respect and awe for all creation; the foundation that shapes our spirituality, our relationships with others, and our journey with God.
  • Integrity – Moral wholeness; soundness, fidelity, and trust in all we do.
  • Compassion – Solidarity with one another; the capacity to enter into another’s joy and sorrow.
  • Excellence – Pre-eminent performance; becoming the benchmark; putting forth our personal and professional best.