Fast facts about Penn State Children's Hospital

Following are some facts about Penn State Children's Hospital, part of the Hershey Medical Center complex:

-- Central Pennsylvania's only Children's Hospital and the region's only pediatric trauma center.

-- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Level III — the highest-level NICU which serves as a referral center for nurseries and other NICUs throughout central PA. It includes cardiac, surgical, and heart/lung bypass patients with annual admissions greater than 500.

-- Region's most advanced Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - received the highest rating for its care to medical, surgical, and trauma patients. This ranks the PICU among the top in the country. Annual admissions are greater than 750.

-- More than 150 pediatric medical and surgical specialists.

-- LIFE LION helicopters - 24-hour-a-day aero-medical service provides emergency transport staffed by specially trained emergency medical teams. The average number of adult and pediatric transports is near 1,500.

-- Pediatric surgeons at Penn State Children's Hospital (PSCH) recently implanted "the world's smallest pacemaker" (Microny® K SR pediatric pacemaker) in a 5-month-old girl. PSCH was the first hospital on the East Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to implant the FDA-approved device.

-- The PICU/PIMCU nurses were recently named 2002 Best Nursing Team by Advance for Nurses. The team was the first ever to earn a perfect score from the competition's judges.

-- Penn State College of Medicine professor Keith Verner was honored by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania with the 2002 Best Application of Technology Award for his Penn State LabLion educational program for school children.

-- Children's Heart Group - Outcomes, the nation's only pediatric chest pain clinic, exceed national standards.

-- Dr. John Myers, pediatric heart surgeon, received Variety Clubs' Sir James Carreras Award for his outstanding work in Ecuador.

-- Member of Children's Oncology Group, a national alliance of children's cancer research centers; access to most advanced clinical trials for the treatment of childhood cancers.

-- The Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Unit has increased to four beds and now offers advanced transplants, including matched unrelated transplants and cord blood transplants.

-- Pediatric Neurosurgery specialists coordinate the Shaken Baby Syndrome Program, an education/research project involving 41 hospitals in 25 counties. They are "spreading the word" by educating the parents of every child born in this region.

-- Family-centered care and the Child Life Program simulates an at-home-like environment for children while they're in the hospital.

-- The only hospital in the region that can perform pediatric kidney transplants.

-- Penn State Children's Hospital and Penn State Hershey Medical Center together offer a full complement of feeding services including eating disorders, nutrition, feeding disorders and obesity.

-- The Ronald McDonald House of central Pennsylvania is a home where families can stay while their children are receiving treatment at PSCH. There is a Ronald McDonald House Family Room for families to relax in at PSCH.

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Last Updated March 20, 2009