Then & Now
Go back in time and slide to the present to reveal glimpses into the rich history of Lancaster General Health.
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Reunion: Family Medicine Residency Class of 1977
The Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program's Class of 1977 is pictured then and now. Back row, from left: Drs. Michael Rudman, Peter Gregoire, Peter Mason, Bill Bakken, Peter Altimare and John Surry. Front row, from left: Drs. Richard Bacon, Richard Levandowski and Hugh Brallier. Learn more about one of our residency program's first classes.
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Laundry and Linen services: keeping it clean with evolving technology
Always with an eye to providing patients throughout the health system with the cleanest linens possible, we have made changes through the years to enhance both laundering processes and our commitment to the environment. Our recently completed energy center uses excess heat from the system’s turbine to create steam for the laundry.
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A new level of cancer care: the growth of a campus, pre and post-2013
The Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute was constructed in 2013 adjacent to the Suburban Pavilion. The two-story, 90,000 square foot facility redesigned oncology care by combining the latest diagnostic and treatment options with an environment that benefits the mind, body and spirit of patients and families.
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Food services: satisfying the nutritional needs and tastes of our patients
Hospital food has sure changed over the years. Our food services team today has a greater focus on using healthy ingredients and providing a variety of choices to meet patients' needs. We even offer fresh sushi in the Lancaster General Hospital cafeteria and restaurant-style crab cakes to new parents at Women & Babies Hospital.
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Downtown Pavilion: offering much-needed services and employee parking
In 2007, construction began on the four-story Downtown Pavilion which would connect to LGH via an enclosed walkway over Duke Street. Since it opened in December 2008, the pavilion and adjacent 11-level parking garage across from Lancaster General Hospital have been providing much-needed outpatient services and employee parking. Watch a time-lapse video of the construction.
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Emergency services: expanding to meet the needs of our community
The LGH Emergency Department doubled in size in 2003, as part of a four-story addition along Duke Street. The department was divided into three areas: one for patients with minor injuries or illnesses who needed fast care; one for patients suffering serious illnesses or traumas in need of acute care; and one for patients who needed to be monitored and evaluated. In 2017, the department treated more than 117,000 patients.
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Nursing school: then and now
Lancaster General Hospital has been committed to nursing education since its founding in 1893 when nursing trainees were part of the hospital staff. A formal nursing school was established in 1903 and today, the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences continues to advance our mission to educate nurses and other health care professionals of the future. Take a look at the Class of 1971 and current students in a cross-discipline simulation classroom..
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Volunteers: at the heart of our history and success
Since the hospital's early days right through the present, dedicated volunteers have played a vital role in helping LG Health serve our patients and community.
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Medication safety: evolving through the years
Early in our history, medications were dispensed as nurses made rounds. Today, the process is electronically documented and verified to help assure the highest possible level of patient safety.
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An environment for mind, body and spirit: healing garden at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
Our tranquil healing garden brings comfort and hope during all seasons. Inspired by cancer patients, survivors and families, the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute offers natural lighting, landscape views, and a beautiful collection of contemporary artwork. Every feature contributes to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our patients.
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Educating health care providers: from anatomy models to simulation labs
In 1903, Lancaster General Hospital established its School of Nursing, offering a three-year program to a handful of students. Today, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences offers 14 degree options with nearly 1,500 students enrolled.
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James Street view of LGH: growing to better serve our community
Looking north, here is Lancaster General Hospital viewed from above James Street circa 1990s–pre-Orthopedic Center, James Street Lobby and parking garage–and today. Take a virtual tour of the LG Health Orthopedic Center here.
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Resources for health-care professionals: Health Sciences Library
Throughout our history, LG Health has been committed to furthering the academic pursuits of health-care professionals. Our Health Sciences Library has a wide variety of resources to support students, faculty, researchers and clinicians, both at PA College of Health Sciences and Lancaster General Hospital.
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Our first hospital on Queen Street: yesterday and today
Rented from owner John Holman for $100 a year, Lancaster General Hospital first opened its doors in 1893 in a three-story brick residence at 322 N. Queen Street, Lancaster. Today the building is home to J.A. Sharp Custom Jeweler.