In the Best Interest and Care of the Children By Lori M. Myers
“We have more than 30 different specialists here that can address the needs of any child with health Penn State Hershey Medical Center has been concerns or who need childcare,” Ostrov says. “We providing outstanding care to children and their also have pediatric consultants in any other area families for more than 40 years and serves as the only needed, such as radiology, pathology, and physical children’s hospital and pediatric trauma center between therapy, to improve the lives and outcome of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It is healing the sick, children who come through our doors.” alleviating suffering, and changing lives, providing the Along with providing jobs to many people and best medical expertise from dedicated doctors and staff increasing the number of employees in Central PA and the latest advances in technology and procedures. who work at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Now, that quality the new Penn and care is about to State Hershey get even better. A Children’s new freestanding Hospital facility will soon allows the be completed that expansion of will house the the center’s expertise and clinical state-of-the-art program by care that has been having a the hallmark of new firstthe center for all floor clinic those decades. It and infusion will be on par center for with any children’s children hospital in the with cancer country. as well as “We wanted to other bring up-to-date illnesses. technology and Two new advances to the procedure care we provide to rooms for Dr. Barbara E. Ostrov, pediatrician and vice chair the children of children— of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics. Central PA,” says such as those Dr. Barbara E. with stomach Ostrov, issues who pediatrician in chief and vice chair of pediatrics in the need colonoscopies—will be in a pediatric center Department of Pediatrics at the hospital. “This new for the first time. The new facility will also have facility will allow us to do this.” five pediatric operating rooms and a special heart The Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at Penn procedure room that can be turned into an State Hershey Medical Center has always provided the operating room that improves the safety of these entire spectrum of services needed to give children the complex procedures for children with heart disease. best of care—from the very premature to those with “These ORs and the family waiting room will be heart problems, skin conditions, kidney transplants, or Continued on page 5 those having other surgical needs.