We Are Penn State Health – Same commitment with a renewed purpose
This week, we celebrated as St. Joseph Regional Health Network joined the Penn State Health family. As we become Penn State Health St. Joseph, I want our community to know it is much more than a name change. It marks a genuine transformation in the delivery of health care services for our region.
As partners—working together with many independent physicians from our community—St. Joseph Regional Health Network and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have been successfully diagnosing, treating and caring for people in St. Joseph Medical Center campus to our Bern Township campus for nearly five years. We are proud that our teamwork has increased access to specialty care and services in our community while enhancing our success in achieving quality outcomes for patients.
Thanks to the efforts of our doctors, nurses and other vital clinical and support staff, we have ensured the continuity of care for those who need—even if just for a period of time—the resources of a university health center like the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Our partnership includes highly-specialized care for cancer, stroke, high-risk pregnancy, and pediatrics and it has made a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
Through the innovative use of telemedicine, we’ve given local stroke patients access to the services of one
of Pennsylvania’s only accredited Comprehensive Stroke Centers, providing life-saving interventions while keeping more than 70 percent of these patients here in Berks County for care. That’s not only better for patients and families, it helps keep down the cost of care.
We’ve enhanced the level of cancer services available, adding full-time Penn State medical oncology and radiation oncology physicians to our medical staff where they practice in collaboration with community physicians at St. Joe’s. That improves the coordination of care for cancer patients and offers local access to newly-developed cancer therapies and clinical research studies.
We’ve also provided access to specialists from Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital—one of US News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals—at our St. Joseph Medical Center campus so that no family needs to take their child to Philadelphia, Baltimore or New York for world class pediatric specialty care.
The success we have achieved together is only the beginning. It is the foundation on which we will build our future as a full-fledged member of Penn State Health. Together we are committed to providing you with the best possible care in the most appropriate setting at the lowest possible cost.
By formally coming together into Penn State Health, St. Joseph now has a regional partner who is best suited to help us anticipate and meet the evolving health needs of our region. As a member of Penn State Health, we embolden St. Joseph’s spirit of innovation while honoring the legacy of compassionate care we have so nurtured over more than 140 years. Our collaboration also ensures our community will have options in choosing their health care provider far into the future. Penn State Health signals the launch of a unique regional system of cooperative providers that best positions each institution to address local health and wellness issues.
As a member of Penn State Health, St. Joseph gains the scale, resources and regional commitment that will be critical to continuing our proactive response to a changing health care landscape driven by legislation, emerging technology and new expectations from consumers.
Through it all, improving the health of all who live and work in our community continues to be our defining purpose. We Are Penn State Health St. Joseph and we look forward to being your partner in good health.
John R. Morahan
Chief Executive Officer
Penn State Health St. Joseph