Lancaster General Health features prominently in the most recent annual community benefit report of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. LG Health is a member of Penn Medicine, one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care.
The report, known as “Simply Because,” highlights LG Health’s 25-year partnership with the School District of Lancaster, which has resulted in the creation of four primary care health care clinics at the Carter & MacRae, Fulton and King Elementary Schools and the most recently added clinic at the J.P. McCaskey High School (pg. 2–3). Last year, these clinics provided more than 2,000 medically underserved children with free primary and preventive care.
Simply Because also showcases LG Health’s Lighten Up Lancaster County (LULC) and its groundbreaking work to make the healthy choice the easy choice (pg. 6). Focusing on the work of LULC with school-based gardening, the report shares that last year more than one third of the 113 Lancaster County public schools had a garden and gave more than 23,000 students a chance to get their hands dirty growing healthy, wholesome fruits and vegetables.
Also touted by Penn Medicine’s annual report was LG Health’s work with the Pennsylvania Amish Safety Committee and other community partners in designing, producing and distributing “hay hole covers” (pg. 24–25). The covers are designed to prevent injuries resulting from falls through floor openings in the second story of barns used to drop hay or straw down to animals. LG Health and their partners have distributed more than 200 of them and have seen a significant decrease in visits to trauma and the ER related to falls through hay holes.
Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.9 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $409 million awarded in the 2014 fiscal year.
In addition to LG Health, the Penn Medicine’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751.
Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services of the University of Pennsylvania Health System throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.