George M. Kyriacou, President and CEO.
George M. Kyriacou, President and CEO.
In 1926, Harper D. Sheppard and Clinton N. Myers, two local philanthropic businessmen whose vision was to build and provide a hospital for the sick and injured that would turn no one away, financed the construction of Hanover Hospital. Their generosity also provided the seed money for the hospital's first year of operation. Over the past 85 years while the hospital has significantly grown in services and size, their initial vision is still maintained.

Facility and Service Growth
Originally, Hanover Hospital opened with one surgeon, six nurses and 25 beds. Today, it has grown to 106 licensed beds and 1,400 full- and part-time employees, making it one of the largest employers in York County. Thirty-one physicians are employed by the hospital and more than 235 physicians are on the medical staff.

As the community and the need for health care services have grown, the hospital has responded. In 1983, the hospital's physical size doubled to provide new space for inpatient care and ancillary services. In 1990, another physical expansion was launched, which added a larger Emergency Department, expanded space for Occupational Health, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Same Day Surgery and Gastroenterology. To further expand convenient outpatient services throughout York and Adams counties and northern Carroll County in Maryland, the Hanover HealthCare PLUS network was formed in 1996. This network provides primary care physician practices, specialists, lab, imaging and physical medicine and rehab.

In 2009, the hospital completed a 66,000-square-foot vertical expansion allowing for greater modernization by providing seven new, enlarged operating rooms with state-of-the-art features including imaging technology, a new inpatient medical/surgical/orthopedic (primarily private room) unit and inpatient pharmacy with an automated storage and distribution system.

Cardiology a Priority
Focusing on and responding to cardiology events has always been a priority; in 1969, the hospital proactively introduced "Coronary 46," the ancestor of today's Medic 46 Advanced Life Support unit. It was the first mobile coronary care unit in the state of Pennsylvania and only the seventh in the nation. In 2004, a helipad was also added to transport the critically ill to other facilities. And in 2009, Hanover Hospital formed an affiliation with the Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. This relationship enhances both adult and pediatric cardiology services and enables patients to receive treatment close to home without traveling to Hershey.

Convenient Non-emergent Care
An outstanding and convenient service for the community's non-emergent needs opened in 2009 with the first Express Care in South Hanover. A second Express Care was also opened in 2010 at Thistle Hill Professional Center in Spring Grove. The hospital relocated its Spring Grove imaging, lab and rehab services to Thistle Hill as well.

Firsts for Hanover
In 2010, the hospital's Lung and Sleep Center, the first in the area to offer a complete set of pulmonary and sleep services in one location, opened at the Hillside Medical Center in Hanover. In addition, at Hillside a Sinus Center was opened which features new treatment options for sinus patients. Laboratory and imaging, rehab services and a Medical Fitness Center are also at Hillside.

Awards for Excellence
Recognition for achievements in health care is a hallmark for Hanover Hospital. In recent years, Hanover Hospital's orthopedic surgery has been recognized as the top in the nation. In evaluating outcomes for 5,000 hospitals nationwide, HealthGrades , the leading independent health care ratings organization, ranked Hanover Hospital the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall orthopedic services in 2011. Hanover Hospital has also been ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for joint replacement for five years in a row; five-star rated for overall orthopedic services in 2011; five-star rated for joint replacement for seven years in a row; five-star rated for total knee replacement for seven years in a row; and five-star rated for total hip replacement for five years in a row.

The Voluntary Hospitals of America in Pennsylvania, the regional arm of the VHA national health care network, also recognized Hanover Hospital with six Achieving Patient Care Excellence (APEX) Awards, which were: clinical excellence in acute myocardial infarction; heart failure, prevention of surgical infection; falls; catheter-related bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

"We, like the two men who founded Hanover Hospital 85 years ago, realize only too well that a hospital is more than brick and mortar," George M. Kyriacou, President and CEO of Hanover Hospital said. "It's more than buildings and awards. It's remaining dedicated to our community, to promote its wellness and preserve its health while providing the newest, most progressive diagnostic and therapeutic services available to the people of the Greater Hanover area."

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Hanover Hospital
300 Highland Ave.
Hanover, PA 17331
717-637-3711
www.HanoverHospital.org