Awards and Accreditation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center awards and accreditations

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been recognized for its excellence as a patient care provider, employer and community partner.

  1. U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospital - Penn State Children's Hospital has been ranked in five specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
  2. Magnet - the Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. It is the highest level of recognition the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) affords to organized nursing services in the national and international health care communities.
  3. Best Doctors® in America - founded in 1989 by doctors affiliated with the renowned Harvard University School of Medicine, Best Doctors is the leader in helping people get the best medical care. View the list of Penn State Health physicians recognized by Best Doctors.
  4. 100 Great Places to Work - Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review have published their 2013 list, "100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare." The hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers and physician groups included in this list, offer robust benefit packages, positive work environments, excellent employee recognition programs and opportunities for professional development and continuing education. The Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review editorial teams accepted nominations for the 2013 list and selected recipients based on nominations and thorough editorial research. The full-length list can be read here: 100 Great Places to Work
  5. Castle Connolly Top Doctors - Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (CCML) is a nationally-recognized company dedicated to helping consumers find the best healthcare available. To that end, CCML publishes America 's Top Doctors , an annual guide to the best doctors in the nation. View the list of Penn State Health physicians recognized by America's Top Doctors.
  6. Highmark Blue Distinction Centers - Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care and Knee and Hip Replacement, and as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, Complex and Rare Cancers (Pancreatic; Esophageal, Gastric; Head and Neck; Acute Leukemia - Inpatient, non-surgical; Bone - Primary; Bladder; Rectal; Thyroid - medullary and/or anaplastic), Transplants (Adult Liver Deceased Donor; Adult Heart), and Spine Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers' needs for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on . A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities in its own service area. For details on Local Blue Plan Criteria, a provider's in-network status, or your own policy's coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan. Each hospital's Cost Index is calculated with data for its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in CA, ID, NY, PA and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans' areas, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both Cost Index figures must meet BDC+ national criteria. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association not any Blue Plans are responsible for damages or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other provider.
  7. CVI Top 100 - hospitals operating with a high degree of community value are those that are low cost, low charge, and use a strong financial position to reinvest back into the provision of care at the facility. Hospitals with scores in the top twenty percent are designated as "Five-Star" facilities. A subset of this group is the "Top 100" which contains the highest scoring facilities in the country. Penn State Hershey was selected in 2006, 2007, and 2008 as a Top 100 and Five-Star winner, a Five-Star winner in 2009 and again named a Top 100 and a Five-Star winner in 2010.
  8. The Joint Commission - an independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. In May, 2008, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute became one of only a handful of programs nationwide and the only program in central Pennsylvania to earn the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for implanting ventricular assist devices (VADs) as destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure. In 2009, the Heart and Vascular Institute was awarded another Gold Seal of Approval™ for their heart failure program. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is the first hospital in the Capital Region to earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) awarded the Medical Center Primary Stroke Center Certification following its on-site review of the hospital in September 2006.
  9. NRC Consumer Choice Award - only 14 hospitals in Pennsylvania, including Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, received this honor for 2011-12. Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has now earned the Consumer Choice Award for the Harrisburg market for 13 consecutive years.
  10. College of Medicine Named One of the Best Places to Work in Academia - the Scientist magazine's readers ranked Penn State College of Medicine as a Top 40 Best Places to Work in U.S. Academia, with job satisfaction and tenure listed as strengths. The sixth annual worldwide survey results, published in the November issue, also include Penn State University at University Park.


  1. Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) - the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the nation's health and well-being through vigorous leadership of the nation's academic health centers.
  2. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) - the AAMC and the medical schools, teaching hospitals, academic and professional societies, faculty, residents, and students represented commit to improving the nation's health through medical education, research, and high-quality patient care. Members are dedicated to the communities they serve, committed to advancing the public good, and steadfast in their desire to earn and keep the public's trust for the role they are privileged to play in our society.
  3. Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) - the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve.
  4. Vizient - the VizientTM was founded in 2015 as the combination of VHA Inc., a national health care network of not-for-profit hospitals; University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of the nation's leading academic medical centers; and Novation, the health care contracting company they jointly owned. In February 2016, Vizient acquired MedAssets' Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, which included Sg2 health care intelligence.

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