Penn State Hershey Respiratory Care

Welcome to Penn State Respiratory Care, a department that is an integral part of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. We specialize in providing all of the ventilatory and hemodynamic care to patients in the Surgical, Medical, Neonatal, and Pediatric ICUs, in addition to performing routine Respiratory Care throughout the hospital.

In addition, the Pulmonary Function Laboratory performs routine spirometry through cardiopulmonary stress exercise testing. The Pulmonary Lab is located in the University Physician's Center, Suite 2018. It has a total of three, "state of the art" spirometers, two of which have body plethysmographs.

Our philosophy is simple…ensure excellent world class care for our patients and a great place to work for our staff. Come in, look around, and get to know us!

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 Health 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.

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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.

Cancer Institute

Penn State Cancer Institute experts at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are committed to fighting cancer on every front: through education and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, effective treatment, and survivorship programs. Our facility provides patients access to all aspects of care in a single destination including:

  • Infusion therapy suites and private rooms for chemotherapy
  • A state-of-the-art radiation oncology suite that offers treatment options that refine tumor targeting and reduce treatment time, such as RapidArc radiotherapy
  • A chemotherapy and infusion pharmacy staffed by clinical pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians
  • An outdoor healing garden that offers a quiet retreat for both patients and families

Seamlessly integrating these services creates a real-time medicine model that helps ensure each patient receives the right diagnosis and the right therapy at the right time.

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.