Governor honors nurses at Penn State Hershey Medical Center


HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – Nurses are being honored this week as part of National Nurses Week.

Governor Tom Wolf did just that at Penn State Health on Wednesday. He praised Hershey Medical Center for what he says they’re doing right.

“Hershey, who I think has good staffing ratios and I think they get it, they do that in part because they want to do right by their employees but partially because they understand that’s a smart thing to do to make sure they’re giving the best possible healthcare,” Wolf said.

Nurses rallied this week at the state Capitol to call for limits on the number of patients they can be asked to care for as staffing levels drop.

“What we need to do to make the profession attractive, the work environment, compensation obviously, but also how we honor nurses. We’ve got to recognize that they’re at the heart of a healthy healthcare system,” said Wolf.

For its part, Penn State Hershey Medical Center says a staffing crisis is something it’s not dealing with, partly because it works with nurses on its staffing models. There’s another reason, too.

“We’re providing some of the most complex care to central Pennsylvania here at the medical center. Often our nursing ratios are much higher than what would be suggested by minimum ratios,” said Deborah Berini, president of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

An agreement amongst everyone at the medical center Wednesday: nurses are at the heart of a positive patient experience.

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