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Nursing staffing changes to minimize disruption

The Department of Nursing at Hershey Medical Center is making some staffing changes in anticipation of the fall opening of the Children’s Hospital expansion, which will increase care opportunities for pediatric and adult patients. The changes are designed to minimize disruption in the personal lives of staff and ensure continued exceptional patient care during and after the transition.

Judy Himes, chief nursing officer, and Tom Tracy, chief medical officer, communicated the detailed staffing changes to Nursing staff yesterday afternoon.


Among the highlights:

  • Nursing will add staff positions and provide additional opportunities for current nursing managers and staff.
  • The Neonatal intensive Care Unit and Women’s Health, including Labor and Delivery, Triage, Post-Partum and Ante-Partum, will move into the Children’s Hospital.
  • The staff on 7 Pediatric Acute Care in the adult hospital will move to the sixth floor Pediatric Acute/Intermediate Care unit in the Children’s Hospital with that patient population.
  • Adult Family and Community Medicine inpatients will temporarily occupy space on the fifth floor of the Children’s Hospital while renovations occur in the adult hospital. The staff on 3 Acute Care Surg will relocate along with these patients.

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