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The Hummingbird Program At Penn State Children's Hospital

The Hummingbird Program at Penn State Hershey provides support for children living with life-limiting conditions, their families, and the community of professional caregivers involved in their care. Realizing that children with complex medical conditions face numerous challenges related to their medical diagnoses, the Hummingbird team strives to offer support to maximize every child's quality of life. We believe in the following principles:

Every child and family is unique. Care provided to your child and family should respect and reflect who you are - your needs, preferences, goals, values and beliefs.

Excellent medical care addresses the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of your child and family.

The quality of a child and family's life and the achievement of their identified goals are important measures of our success as professional caregivers. We seek to work with you to set goals unique to your child, family, and situation, and then help you reach those goals.

Further, we believe that excellent medical care requires ongoing communication and collaboration of an interdisciplinary team.

Our team looks forward to building a relationship with your child and family.

Please follow the links below to read stories or watch videos about children and families involved in the Hummingbird Program. To learn more about becoming involved in the Hummingbird Program, click Contact Us


Neiman Marcus Fashion Show and Luncheon Raises $65,000

The Neiman Marcus “Giving is Always in Fashion” Show and Luncheon raised $65,000 for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The event was held December 2 at The Hotel Hershey. Kim Lemon of WGAL-TV8 served as the emcee. The event featured a runway fashion show, luncheon, and basket, Mo’s on Main diamond earring, Marco Bicego and Dennis Basso raffles. Click here to read more about the fashion show and luncheon.

Olivia's Story

Our lives changed dramatically when our seemingly healthy ten-month-old baby, Olivia, went into severe respiratory distress and was placed on life support at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. What was thought to be a common cold turned out to be severe abnormalities of her trachea (windpipe). During her first ten days in the hospital, Olivia had three major surgeries to correct these abnormalities. She struggled to survive. She spent almost an entire year in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The complexity of her condition required the services of many pediatric specialty doctors and multiple other surgeries.  More...


Megan's Story

Megan Nickey was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) at three years of age. EDS is a disorder that affects connective tissue. Affected individuals can have easily dislocated joints; loose, thin skin; and extreme fragility of the skin and blood vessels.  Megan has experienced many hospitalizations and surgeries related to her condition. In August of 2008, Megan suffered a life-threatening aneurysm rupture and complications that required extensive surgical intervention and a lengthy stay at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The Hummingbird Program became involved with Megan and her family to assist with pain and symptom management, to provide much needed emotional support, and to assist with the transition of her care back to their home.  More...