Centered on the Protection of Children
By Lori M. Myers Children are one of the most vulnerable members of society. Our region has become more acutely aware of this fact as we read the headlines and turn on the news to learn about how some of our most responsible adult leaders and caregivers are being accused of abusing children and destroying the lives of the very young and innocent. In the wake of recent child abuse tragedies, Penn State Hershey Medical Center has instituted The Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children in order to coordinate and expand clinical, research, and educational initiatives to protect children from abuse and help heal those who have been injured. But the new center’s facility, with an expected completion in the early part of 2013, isn’t the medical center’s first time at taking action. Since 2008, the medical center had instituted educational programs for all of its new employees to make them aware of their responsibility in identifying and reporting suspected child abuse. The statistics are startling. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 6 million children are reported for suspected child maltreatment each year in the United States. An average of five children— most of them under the age of 4—die every day from abuse or neglect. One out of every five children in
Dr. Benjamin H. Levi, director of the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children.