Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — An Economic Profile



Harrisburg Hospital’s new emergency wing completes major upgrades to the facility.
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PINNACLEHEALTH, the principal heath care provider headquartered in Harrisburg, operates the city’s two main hospitals (Harrisburg and Polyclinic) as well as two additional hospitals in the metropolitan area. Both Harrisburg Hospital, at Front and Chestnut Streets downtown, and Polyclinic Hospital, at 2600 N. Third Street uptown, are excellent teaching hospitals with a combined count of 884 inpatient beds, over 35,100 inpatient admissions and 235,000 outpatient visits per year as well as over 5,000 deliveries and 60,000 emergency room visits annually.

PinnacleHealth also includes family practice and urgent care centers, home health and hospice care agencies, managed care entities and an array of healthcare services. PinnacleHealth’s mission as a charitable organization is to improve the health and quality of life of people in Central Pennsylvania.

Harrisburg Hospital is a teaching facility providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. Specialties include women’s health, cardiovascular care and orthopedic, stroke, and rehabilitative services. Physician residency programs exist on-site for family practice, internal medicine and surgery.

Polyclinic Hospital is also a teaching facility providing comprehensive outpatient and specialty care services. Specialties include, regional cancer center, a 40-bed rehabilitation unit, 27-bed psychiatric unit and an 88-bed skilled nursing unit. Physician residency programs exist on-site for family practice and internal medicine. A separately owned and operated long-term acute care hospital is located at the facility. There is also a FirstPlace Health Care urgent care center on site.

Seidle Hospital is a community-based facility in Mechanicsburg offering many outpatient services including ambulatory surgery, FirstPlace Health Care (urgent care center) and WomanCare Resource Center West. The facility also houses a 35-bed hospital-based skilled nursing unit.

Community General Osteopathic is a 126-bed, non-profit, acute care facility located on Harrisburg’s suburban east shore, providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. Specialties include orthopedics and primary care. Physician residency programs exist on-site for family practice, internal medicine and surgery.

PinnacleHealth offers an array of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services. Included in these are the Prenatal Center, sub-specialty of obstetrics dealing with high-risk pregnancies; Magnetic Imaging Center, a joint venture with Holy Spirit Health System and Quantum Imaging and Therapeutic Associates; Oakwood Center Radiation Oncology, jointly owned by PinnacleHealth and Holy Spirit Health System; Radiation Oncology at Polyclinic Hospital; PinnacleHealth MRI Services located at Polyclinic Hospital; PinnacleHealth WomanCare Diagnostic and Treatment Center for comprehensive breast health; and Willow Mill Central Office, a free-standing center for outpatient x-ray, screening mammography, laboratory, EKG and pre-admission.

Home Care and Hospice Services are provided by PinnacleHealth Home Care and PinnacleHealth Hospice. PinnacleHealth Nursing & Support Services is a licensed home health agency providing RNs and LPNs for skilled, continuous nursing care. PinnacleHealth Home Infusion Therapy provides term care pharmacy services.

PinnacleHealth has several insurance products and affiliations including: PrimeCare Health Network Inc.; Greater Susquehanna Physician Alliance (GSPA); PrimeSource Health Network Inc.; and HealthCentral Inc. (HCI).

Mental Health services include PinnacleHealth Psychological Associates; PinnacleHealth Behavioral Services, offering comprehensive partial hospitalization programs as well as intensive outpatient services and inpatient services for adults; and PinnacleHealth at Milestones, a unique partial hospitalization service for dual-diagnosed mental health clients.

Various Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation programs include PT centers in Cumberland Valley, Dillsburg, Elizabethville, Harrisburg, Polyclinic and Seidle Hospitals; as well as Rehab Options, a comprehensive outpatient program for addressing unresolved pain.

Primary Care services include the FirstPlace Health Care urgent care centers at Seidle and Harrisburg Hospitals and in Olde Liberty Square in Lower Paxton Township; four clinics operating in the Harrisburg area; three Family Practice Centers; and a Primary Care Network comprised of 14 physician offices throughout the Greater Harrisburg area.

PinnacleHealth offers Physician and Service Finder free to the community. PinnacleHealth WomanCare Resource Centers provide women with access to information on healthcare issues through seminars, support groups and a resource library. The Learning Institute is a patient/community education division of PinnacleHealth providing education in the hospitals and the community on a wide range of issues. This Institute partners with community organizations to improve health.


Capable surgeons in action at a PinnacleHealth hospital.

Holy Spirit Hospital, a 317-bed facility located on Harrisburg’s west shore at 503 North 21st Street in Camp Hill, offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, including pre-and post-hospital care.

Holy Spirit Health System has seven family health centers, within the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area, located in Dillsburg, Duncannon, Etters, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Marysville and New Cumberland, a pediatrics practice in Mechanicsburg, and a women’s health center with offices in Camp Hill and Duncannon. The physicians at the Center for Women’s Health provide complete obstetric and gynecological services, including high-risk pregnancy care.

Holy Spirit Hospital’s radiology area houses state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including the area’s first GE LightSpeed CT Scanner and digital radiography system.

Holy Spirit Health System and HEALTHSOUTH operate a free-standing outpatient surgery center in Mechanicsburg. Grandview Surgery Center at Mechanicsburg provides patients and physicians with greater options for outpatient surgery. The center is located at 179 Lancaster Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, next to HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Birthplace at Holy Spirit has 26 private rooms. Nine are spacious suites, each with a private bath, shower and whirlpool, where mothers-to-be can deliver their babies in home-like surroundings. The rooms are beautifully decorated and have an oak armoire, TV/VCR, and a sleeper chair for family care-givers. Eleven additional private suites have been renovated with the same amenities. The Birthplace is equipped with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit that is staffed by board-certified neonatologists.

The John R. Dietz Emergency Center has 17 private rooms, including two trauma rooms and a dedicated pediatrics room, staffed by experts in emergency medicine. Holy Spirit’s Outpatient Surgery Center, housed above the Emergency Center, offers state-of-the-art surgical services and gastrointestinal procedures backed by the full resources of the hospital. This center has 28 private rooms and one semi-private room.

Other services offered through Holy Spirit include minimally invasive surgery, cardiac therapy, orthopedics, sleep disorder studies, diabetes education, oncology, outpatient imaging (x-rays and MRIs), home health and hospice care, and community health education.

Holy Spirit’s adolescent counseling service, Teenline, provides crisis intervention services through a 24-hour hotline by helping youths cope with home, school or relationship pressures, and offers support groups, grief counseling and other services for teens and parents of teens.

Holy Spirit also offers the area’s employers occupational health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services include the treatment of workman’s compensation injuries, drug and alcohol testing, pre-placement and annual physical exams, physical and occupational therapy, and on-site immunizations 24 hours a day.


Located in nearby Hershey, the Hershey Medical Center is the principal component of a sprawling complex located on 555 acres which is also home to the Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State University Children’s Hospital. The College is committed to the education of medical and nursing students, basic science undergraduates, medical residents and fellows, other students in health care related professions, and practicing health professionals.

The Medical Center provides a range of fully integrated patient care services for the people of Central Pennsylvania and beyond. These services extend from the prevention of illness and maintenance of health through primary medical care to the highly sophisticated patient care expected at one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. The Center strives to be a leader in pursuing scientific investigation and in developing programs to advance medical and scientific knowledge which will ultimately contribute to the health of the public, the practice of medicine and the education of health professionals.


Located in uptown Harrisburg at 1821 Fulton Street, CRHS’s Hamilton Health Center is an independent facility providing quality and comprehensive healthcare including medical, dental, social and related services to the under-served who lack the advantage of personalized health care. Specialties include pediatrics, women, infants and children, a triage unit, diabetic management, and free pregnancy testing. They have a clinic in the City’s Allison Hill area, conduct field services through well-equipped medical vans and serve a tri-county patient base.


Headquartered at 1119 Cameron Street in Harrisburg, Community Life Team plays a major and critical role in the city and region in providing emergency medical (Paramedic) and water rescue services in the field through its two divisions; Life Team Emergency Medical Services and Life Team River Rescue Water Safety and Training. Responding to over 16,000 calls for service per year, the organization operates a fleet of state-of-the-art ambulances and trauma units as well as a flotilla of emergency water rescue craft and equipment for water body emergencies. This non-profit group also offers a broad range of public training and emergency healthcare teaching programs and is today one of the largest pre-hospital, emergency response units in the eastern U.S.