Agreement with Penn State Hershey Medical Center to Expand Oncology Services at Lancaster Regional, Heart of Lancaster

Lancaster, Pa. (July 10, 2012) – Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers have entered into an agreement that will offer Lancaster County residents expanded oncology services and expertise and increased access to the latest cancer research, keeping them close to home.

Under the agreement, Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center’s Regional Center for Cancer Care patients benefit from the expertise of the medical and surgical specialists and subspecialists of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Patients also gain access to clinical research study programs without having to travel far from their homes. Penn State Hershey will provide training and oversight as Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers assemble a team of research professionals to conduct clinical trials.

“Both Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers are very proud of our new affiliation with Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute,” said Bob Moore, CEO of both hospitals. “The affiliation marks a significant milestone in the evolution of our Regional Center for Cancer Care. Our patients now have access to the very best advances in cancer prevention and treatment, research, clinical trials and specialists. It’s comprehensive cancer care close to home.”

“Penn State Hershey is proud to work in partnership with community hospitals and regional health systems like Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster to ensure all patients—no matter where in central Pennsylvania they live—have access to state-of-the-art care for all types of cancer and clinical trials in their home communities,” said Dr. Harold L. Paz, chief executive officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine.

Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers join a growing network of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute partners and affiliates working together to offer people with cancer in central Pennsylvania comprehensive care and the latest in research opportunities.

As one of the first hospitals in the county, Lancaster Regional Medical Center has been dedicated to providing patients with personal and compassionate care for over 122 years. With 214 licensed beds and more than 400 physicians, Lancaster Regional offers a fully comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services. For more information, visit lancasterregional.com.

Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center is a 148-bed hospital that is staffed with caring and respectful health professionals. Heart of Lancaster offers a choice of the county’s top physicians, beautifully appointed patient rooms, state-of-the-art technology in a patient-friendly and stress-free environment. For more information, visit heartoflancaster.com.

Founded in 1963 through a gift from The Milton S. Hershey Foundation, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country. The 491-bed Medical Center is a provider of high-level, patient-focused medical care. The Medical Center campus also includes Penn State College of Medicine (Penn State’s medical school), Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital—the region’s only children’s hospital. The Medical Center campus is part of Penn State Hershey Health System, which also includes the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, and other specialty facilities.