Introducing the Children’s Hospital Report

A Publication for Our Community Physicians

I’m pleased to share with you the Children’s Hospital Report, a new quarterly publication that details some of the most innovative procedures and treatment solutions, cutting-edge research, best-in-class quality and patient safety initiatives, and multiple specialty pediatric services offered in our region. We value communication with our referring physicians, and the Children’s Hospital Report is a way to stay abreast of new developments and ways we’re helping to care for children—with you.

EK_edits_CHI-7597-15 Childrens Report Summer-rd4 (2)Quality and patient safety are our highest priorities. We are part of the Solutions for Patient Safety, a national network of more than 80 children’s hospitals united by the vision that no child will ever experience serious harm under our care.¹ Our high quality of care has been recognized for five consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital rankings. This year we ranked in the top 50 hospitals in the nation in eight of 10 pediatric specialties.

In central Pennsylvania, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital has the only Level 1 pediatric trauma program. Additionally, Penn State Hershey is the only medical center in Pennsylvania that houses both Level 1 pediatric and adult trauma programs, which allow injured families to remain in the same facility, offering a family-centered approach to tertiary trauma care. Between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, we are home to the only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Many services are provided in our 252,000 square-foot Children’s Hospital building, which opened in 2013. Within the Children’s Hospital, and in our 42-bed NICU and other locations within the Medical Center system, we provide 154 inpatient beds (including inpatient psychiatry and rehabilitation) to care for the children of our region. In addition, we offer numerous specialty and primary pediatrics services at more than 30 outpatient clinic locations.

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is recognized for its outstanding pediatric cardiac and cardiothoracic surgical care. It is one of five state-wide programs to contribute data to a first-of-its-kind report on pediatric and congenital heart surgery, published by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.² The report shows that our facility performed 800 cardiac surgical procedures (2009-2012) with outcomes that exceeded both state and national averages.²

THON 2015 Fundraising TotalOne of the specialty areas for which we have been repeatedly recognized by U.S. News & World Report is pediatric cancer care, ranking in the top 25 in the country. We are committed to conquering childhood cancer by providing advanced medicine and using the latest research findings from the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center. Since its creation, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,500 children and supported a diverse platform of pediatric cancer research at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

We are proud to provide hope and healing to thousands of children and their families in central Pennsylvania. Thank you for your continued partnership to improve our patients’ health.

Barbara E. Ostrov, M.D., Penn State Hershey Children's HospitalBarbara Ostrov, M.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
PHONE: 717-531-6700 • E-MAIL:
FELLOWSHIPS: Rheumatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pediatric rheumatology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
RESIDENCY: Medicine and pediatrics, SUNY at Buffalo, School of Medical & Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, New York
MEDICAL SCHOOL: SUNY at Buffalo, School of Medical & Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, New York

Learn about Four Diamonds and the assistance provided.


  2. Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council 2009-2012 data

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