Penn State Health Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

This division of medicine combines pulmonary and critical care medicine and it offers care for acute and chronic pulmonary disorders. The pulmonary service evaluates patients with sleep apnea, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lung disease and lung cancer, as well as patients with a cough. Patients may be evaluated in the clinic as outpatients or during a hospital stay. Pulmonary diagnostic laboratory staff can measure lung function and offer exercise testing and stimulation of the lower respiratory tract. We take care of critically ill patients, including care of patients with multi-system disease and organ failure and management of sepsis and shock.

Quiet Hospitals Help Healing

Noise in and around the patient's room has a negative effect on healing. Research has proven that patients who receive care in noisy hospital environments experience higher blood pressures and heart rates. Additionally, patients report having increased anxiety and levels of pain. Altogether, noise leads to extended lengths of stay and a poor patient care experience. Hospitals that have been successful at decreasing noise levels in and around the patient's room report improved patient satisfaction.

The Medical Center and Children's Hospital have established quiet hours to promote patient healing.

Adult units will have quiet hours from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. The Children's Hospital will have quiet hours from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. The NICU will continue to observe quiet hours 24 hours a day.

Patients, families, and visitors are informed of the healing time as a means to help healing, and promote a restful environment.

Caring for Families

Every year, Penn State Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a destination for hope and healing for thousands of children and their families. As the only Level I pediatric trauma center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, we serve the most populous rural regions in the nation, with more than a million children in our referral area.

The new 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.

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To learn more about how you can advance the care and well-being of children at Penn State Children’s Hospital, please call 717-531-8497.

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Cancer Institute

Penn State Cancer Institute, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center opened to patients in July, 2009.  Parking is available for patients in the lot on the right of the building (near the Life Lion helipad), in Lot E (open parking in front of the Cancer Institute/new main hospital entrance), and on the first two floors of the Centerview Parking garage.  Valet parking is also available to all patients and is free to those with handicap tags.