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The new Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital is expected to greatly expand access to inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment across the region.
A partnership between Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Universal Health Services, the new hospital will serve adolescent, adult and older adult patients. The hospital will have a soft opening and begin accepting patients July 9, continuing to add programs and services as the need arises.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health President and CEO Jan Bergen (third from left) and University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Ralph Muller (fourth from left) celebrate the opening of the Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital with LG Health and Universal Health Services leaders.

“Lancaster County’s growing population and greater recognition for mental and physical health care led us to determine that a hospital dedicated to behavioral health was essential to filling the service gaps that existed in our community,” said Jan Bergen, President & CEO, LG Health. “This hospital will deliver enhanced treatment options and both inpatient and outpatient services to patients and families throughout our region.”
According to Jayne Van Bramer, CEO of Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, “Our philosophy of treatment embodies the belief that recovery is possible for every person with a psychiatric diagnosis. Providing optimal care for those who choose to heal is a matter of identifying the unique needs of each person, and providing a treatment plan that addresses the whole person, not merely a list of symptoms.”
In addition to general adult and dedicated adolescent units, the new 126-bed facility will offer services for treating those with co-occurring disorders on the psychiatric-medical unit, an intensive adult unit to care for those with severe conditions and a women’s trauma unit.
The new hospital will utilize the latest equipment and industry-recognized procedures to provide a caring environment for each patient, while also ensuring the safety of patients and care providers. Each unit dayroom features access to a courtyard with outdoor therapeutic space.


Leola primary-care practices joins LG Health Physicians

Leola Family Health Center has joined Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians. The practice, at 146 E. Main St., is now named LG Health Physicians Family Medicine Leola.

Clinicians include Stephen Martell, M.D.; Andrea Bunker, PA-C; and Laura DeBruin, PA-C. DeBruin is the granddaughter of practice founder Dr. Harold Stauffer. Her father, Richard H. Niemeyer, M.D., recently retired from the practice.
Click here for more information on Family Medicine Leola.


Cancer Institute celebrates fifth anniversary

The Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, which provides a world-class clinical environment close to home, began accepting patients in 2013. The care model combines the latest diagnostic and treatment options in an environment that benefits the mind, body and spirit of patients and families.

To recognize five years of service, Cancer Institute leadership held a special ceremony in June to acknowledge community donors and staff who have provided cancer care for more than 23,000 patients and their families.

“Our staff embraces every person who walks through these doors. You answer their many questions, help them make difficult choices, comfort them, welcome their loved ones and treat them with the respect, dignity and compassion that you would treat a loved one,” said Jan Bergen, LG Health President & CEO.

Since opening in 2013, the Cancer Institute has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons and received visits from National Cancer Institute, Cancer MoonShot and Medicaid representatives. Cancer Institute experts work with teams at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center to provide additional access to advanced cancer care in Lancaster and Philadelphia.

“In five short years, we’ve come together as a family and team that has a shared mindset. We know that what we do here is meaningful. No matter what door you walk through, no matter what your role, I want you to know you are appreciated,” said Randall Oyer, MD, Oncology Program Director.

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