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Happy about Hampden: Aimee Hagerty, vice president and chief nursing officer

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center will bring primary, specialty and acute care services closer to home for residents of the West Shore and surrounding communities when it opens later this year. That’s good news for the people who live there and for their health care providers – many of whom also live there and are eager to serve their neighbors.

In the coming months, we will highlight many of the people working hard, but happily, to make Hampden Medical Center a reality.

This month, we highlight Aimee Hagerty, vice president and chief nursing officer, Hampden Medical Center, who will be responsible for nursing practice and for administrative, operational and financial functions of nursing and clinical areas. She and her husband are building a house in Hampden Township and look forward to becoming a part of the community.

What makes you happy about being part of Hampden Medical Center?

I’m excited about building a highly collaborative environment for staff, where they feel they are part of a family, and there is trust and respect among the entire team. We will be able to bring a fresh perspective on health care and how we deliver it at a community hospital as part of Penn State Health. It’s a huge win for patients to have Holy Spirit and Hampden collaborating on how care is provided on the West Shore, with the level of skill expected from Penn State Health.

Why is the Penn State Health name important?

That name already stands out in the region. Having two Penn State Health hospitals on the West Shore that will complement each other brings a full range of services to residents, without having to travel. And having the support of our colleagues at Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, we can offer all the of the benefits of our university health system to patients more easily through our coordinated care.

What makes you happy about working for Penn State Health?

I have a soft spot for Penn State because my first degree was in finance from Penn State, and I’ve been on the faculty of Penn State Health Nursing for 10 years. Beyond that, I’m really proud to be part of a team that has such a superb reputation in bringing excellence in health care to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania.

What Makes You Happy About Living in Hampden?

Though it has been a short time, we already feel as though we have lived here all our lives. I am looking forward to when things open back up more fully, and my family can become immersed in the community, through school for my son, joining a church and enjoying all Hampden Township has to offer. I am also excited about what I can contribute to the community through the opening of Hampden Medical Center and serving patients and families in the community that are my new neighbors and friends. Hampden is a growing community, and I am truly thrilled to be part of it!

What should people be happy about Hampden?

Hampden Medical Center will offer people health care that’s second to none, right in their own backyard. Friends and neighbors will be caring for friends and neighbors, right here closer to where they work and play.

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