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Welcome From Our Director

As Director for the Lancaster General Research Institute, I welcome you to our web site. The Research Institute was founded in 2004 and exists to support research across Lancaster General Health. We primarily focus on supporting research study design, statistical analyses and data management/collection for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals. As a community health system, we have a unique opportunity to conduct epidemiologic, health systems and outcomes research to answer questions that can directly benefit the communities we serve. Please take a moment to review our web site to learn more about our work. We look forward to working with you on research projects of interest in your area of expertise.

-Michael Horst, PhD


The Lancaster General Research Institute exists to provide research support to all Lancaster General Health (LGH) entities. Through the expertise of various members within the Institute, LGH physicians and staff are supported with various research related activities. Research conducted focuses on treatment, diagnostic and procedural efficacy in the general hospital and affiliated specialty areas. The Institute also works in conjunction with the Family Medicine Residency Program to provide research opportunities for the advancement of medical education.

Due to a generous endowment to support research, the Louise von Hess Medical Research Institute has been formed under the administration of the Lancaster General Research Institute. This endowment has been specified to support research involving physicians, learning, and community benefit. The branches of the Louise von Hess Research Institute include Family and Community Medicine, Lancaster General Medical Group (LGMG), Community Health & Wellness and Lancaster General Hospital Clinical Lines.

In addition to supporting physician related research, the Institute also provides consultation and analysis support for projects initiated by the Nursing Department, Lancaster General Allied Health Entities and the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Main Areas Supported

Family & Community Medicine

Research is focused on producing and applying clinically useful (and new) information that improves the performance of health care professionals and the health of patients. Areas of concentration include Family Practice Residency, Clinics and Faculty, CCC/HIV, M/C Health, Public Health and Geriatrics.

Lancaster General Medical Group (LGMG)

A multi-specialty network of physicians and mid-level providers focusing on community based care. Research collaboration is focused on EMR outcomes and performance improvement.

Community Health and Wellness

This entity incorporates LGH's mission to advance the health and well being of the communities of Lancaster by identifying what health issues affect the members of the Lancaster community and addressing them. Utilizing data from federal and state documents as well as data collected here at LGH, Community Health and Wellness has created programs, formed partnerships and aligned services to help Lancaster Countians become healthier. Recent focuses have been on healthy weight management, tobacco use and domestic violence.

LGH Clinical Lines

Clinical lines defines all clinical departments operating within Lancaster General such as the Trauma, Emergency and Cardiology Departments with research focused on outcomes, clinical trials and performance improvement.

Nursing, Lancaster General Allied Health and the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Research is focused on outcomes and performance improvement for these entities.


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