Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital - Opening Fall, 2012

Hope Begins Here

Children's Hospital

Penn State Children's Hospital is 263,000-square-foot, five-story facility funded in part by private donors and state development dollars is nearly completion. The nearly $207 million facility is being built adjacent to the Medical Center's main entrance. The design is child-friendly with a look and feel appropriate for young patients and their families.

Our hospital provides everyone involved in a child's care the space they need to do the best job they can.

Included in our space:

  • A lobby and atrium with a family resource center, a play and performance area, a café for family meals, a safety store, as well as an outdoor courtyard designed especially for children
  • Integrated surgical and hematology/oncology units designed for pediatric patients within the Children's Hospital itself, including minimally invasive technology and advanced equipment for infants and children
  • A new electronic infrastructure, adaptable for future innovations, that will allow our physicians to communicate more effectively with each other, with nurses, and with families
  • Private rooms with "zones" for families, including a sleeping area so that parents can stay with their children through the night, and spaces where physicians, nurses, and Child Life staff can hold private discussions with families
  • Specialized units that minimize infection risk and permit the use of advanced bedside equipment for treating and monitoring critically ill children
  • Expanded space for pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric radiology unit
  • State-of-the-art blood bank
  • Pharmacy
  • Five pediatric-only operating suites
  • Cardiac catheterization lab

Commitment to Children's Health

Children's Hospital

As the most striking visual element of the first floor, the wall will guide all visitors and patients into the hospital and offer opportunities for families to reconnect with the natural world even as they enter the medical setting. The wall will run the entire length of the first floor corridor connecting the entrance area and the rear café, courtyard, and performing arts space. The structure will use glass and light to create a layered visual impact, with four dominant images representing the changing seasons in central Pennsylvania.

Dedicated Space to Support our Outstanding Care

Children's Hospital

The new, ultra-modern Children’s Hospital encompasses more than 263,000 square feet of dedicated space to support our outstanding care of children. It provides ample room to permit the use of life-saving equipment such as advanced bedside monitors for critically ill children. It incorporates brand-new operating rooms and specialized units for intensive care and immune-compromised children to minimize the risk of infection. And its layout allows for the hospital’s future needs, with space to accommodate ever-changing medical technology as it becomes available. Here, instead of retrofitted devices originally intended for adults, our pediatric patients will and innovative equipment designed specifically for them, using minimally invasive technology. The new hospital will provide easier access, increased space, and greater comfort, as well as the enhanced privacy that our patients and families deserve.

Family-Centered Care

Children's Hospital

One of the most dramatic changes in modern children’s hospitals is the inclusion of parents and family support in the overall care team. The culture is changing, and parents are now seen as a crucial piece in the child’s overall health since they are the ones to administer ongoing medications, change dressings, and often the first to notice when something seems amiss. They are also the ones with an encyclopedic knowledge of the child’s past health concerns and treatments. Click here to learn more about our Patient and Family Centered Care.

Green Health Care Facilities

Children's Hospital

Penn State Hershey Medical Center is at the forefront of a growing movement toward green health care facilities. Our facility was designed and constructed according to Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification standards, which evaluate and recognize performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. We chose to participate in this program because we recognize that environmentally responsible decisions are an investment in the future health of both people and the planet.

We believe that patients need regular exposure to nature to nourish their spirits and foster well-being. In keeping with our verdant rural setting, the use of natural light and incorporates a rooftop garden, an outdoor courtyard, a secret garden viewable only to hematology/oncology patients, and a meditation space where visitors and patients can find a peaceful retreat. It is our hope that at Penn State Children's Hospital, our young patients and their families will benefit from the healing qualities of the natural world.

Children's Hospital entrance

  • The Children's Hospital is six floors (one underground) and 263,000 sq. ft.
  • Penn State Children's Hospital includes outdoor courtyards, a blood bank, pharmacy, 5 operating suites, and a performing arts space
  • The Children's Hospital features private patient rooms, outpatient offices for children with cancer, and pediatric radiology unit.
  • There's enough flooring in the hospital to cover 71 houses.
  • In building our Children's Hospital, construction crews removed enough dirt to fill 7 Olympic size swimming pools.
  • There are over 6,000 light fixtures in the Children's Hospital building.
  • There is approximately 34,000 sq. ft. of glass in the Children's Hospital building, which would be enough glass to manufacture 4,250 typical cars.
  • The total weight of sheet metal/duct work throughout the Children's Hospital building is approximately the same weight as an empty Boeing 747.
  • There is enough branch wiring in the Children's Hospital building to stretch from Harrisburg, PA to Pittsburgh, PA.
  • The amount of drywall in the Children's Hospital would be enough to lay out a walkway from the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, PA to Atlantic City, NJ.
  • There is enough cable in the Children's Hospital building to climb the Eiffel Tower over 73 times!
  • There was enough concrete poured at the Children's Hospital to equal 16 miles of sidewalk.
  • There was over 8,700 gallons of paint used to paint the walls of the Children's Hospital.