Notice

Penn State Health has temporarily paused kidney transplants at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Patients on the wait list are being informed. Updates will be made here as available.

Providing patient-centric, compassionate, high quality care to those in need since 1982

In the United States today, more than 100,000 people (about the seating capacity of Beaver Stadium) are in need of an organ transplant. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is here to serve you. Whether you are in need of comprehensive medical treatment for liver, kidney, heart disease, an organ transplant, or are interested in organ donation, you have come to the right place.

We are Penn State Health Solid Organ Transplant

As the region’s only locally based academic hospital, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has created a first-class transplant program that places emphasis on expanding medical research and innovation, setting us apart from other transplant programs. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has performed lifesaving transplants to residents within central Pennsylvania and surrounding regions since 1982. Our transplant program provides comprehensive care throughout the transplant journey using a multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art approach. Our team consists of highly trained transplant surgeons and other specialists in more than fifteen areas of expertise to ensure we can meet any care needs you may have throughout your medical journey.

Types of Transplants We Offer

The Power of Organ Transplantation

When Christi Sherbert of Waynesboro, Pa., received a liver transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in May 2023, she felt safe and well cared for every step of the way. She shares her experience and why her care team will forever be in her heart.

Our Team

A group photo on a grassy lawn with a building and trees in the background. Everyone is in matching t-shirt with the 'Donate Life' icon on the front, paired with either denim or black pants. Multiple people in the back row of the group are holding signs with individual letters that spell 'Donate Life'.

Choose Penn State Health if you are searching for unparalleled expertise in transplant care. Our coordinated team approach will provide you and your family with the education and support you need throughout every phase of your transplant journey, pre-transplant, during evaluation, while on the waitlist and lifelong post-transplant care. At Penn State Health, you aren’t just a number. You are a valued member of our transplant family. You can trust us to provide the care and attention you deserve.

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Support Groups

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other patients and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles. Currently we offer a Solid Organ Transplant Support Group and a LVAD support group. To learn more about these or other Penn State Health support groups visit the link below.

Solid Organ Transplant Support Group

If you are a waiting for or have received a heart, liver or kidney transplant and are interested in networking with others who can relate...

If you are a waiting for or have received a heart, liver or kidney transplant and are interested in networking with others who can relate to what you’re going through and provide you with guidance throughout your transplant journey please consider attending our quarterly support group for transplant patients and caregivers. Future topics will include presentations from team members and caregivers from the Penn State Health team. If you have any questions regarding our Solid Organ Transplant Support Group, please contact the transplant office and ask to speak to your transplant social worker.

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LVAD Support Group

You are invited to join the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Support Group. During the group’s quarterly in-person meetings you’ll have an opportunity to meet...

You are invited to join the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Support Group. During the group’s quarterly in-person meetings you’ll have an opportunity to meet other LVAD recipients and caregivers from the Penn State Health team. Future sessions will include presentations from team members along with discussions among patients. For future LVAD Support Group dates and topics, or to RSVP, please contact the Heart Transplant Office at 717-531-7459.

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