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PinnacleHealth has a rich history of providing care to the community since the opening of Harrisburg Hospital in 1873.

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John S. Cramer and Milton H. Appleyard, Executive Director, examine construction plans for North Building.

From left to right are Hasbrouck S. Wright, G. Clinton Brookhart, Andrew M. Bradley, and William C. Keller, all of the Board of Managers.

Here are some key milestones:

2013 - A new partnership with Highmark is formed to expand patient-centered medical home efforts in central PA. 

2012 - PinnacleHealth breaks ground to build the new West Shore Hospital in Hampden Township.

2012 - PinnacleHealth opens new Orthopedic and Spine Unit in Harrisburg.

2012 -  Luciano DiMarco, DO, PinnacleHealth surgeon, is the first in Pennsylvania to perform da Vinci Single Site gall bladder removal.

2012 - PinnacleHealth surgeons first in the world to perform anterior lumbar spine surgery with da Vinci Si Surgical System. 

2011 - PinnacleHealth Cancer Center Opens.

2011 - New Medical Sciences Pavilion built on the Community Campus which includes the new PinnacleHealth Cancer Center and Imaging Center.

2011 - PinnacleHealth's Cardiovascular Institute launched which includes 31 specialists from the regions most respected and requested cardiology groups.

2011 - Silver Spring FamilyCare opens as part of PinnacleHealth System’s FamilyCare network.

2011 - PinnacleHealth's Harrisburg Hospital ED fully operational after construction update.

2011 - CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System launched at the new PinnacleHealth Cancer Center.

2011 - PinnacleHealth receives Magnet Hospital recertification.

2011 - Health Information Exchange (HIE) participation includes 700+ providers.

2011 - PinnacleHealth obtains new da Vinci Si and performs regional “firsts” including first thyroidectomy and first cardiac bypass.

2011 - Pulmonary Nodule Clinic launched to provide quick evaluation and treatment of lung nodule cases.

2011 Drs. Mumtaz and Loran performed region’s first robotic endoscopic (no incision) CABG at PinnacleHealth.

2011 - PinnacleHealth opened a new antepartum unit opened

2011 Women’s Cancer Center performed 1,000th robotic surgery. 

2010- PinnacleHealth opens The Spine Institute - A multidisciplinary team approach to provide patients with comprehensive care for neck and back pain.

2010- PinnacleHealth Imaging implements dose reduction software in CT Scanners in order to perform procedures with significantly less radiation .

2010 – PinnacleHealth’s Harrisburg Hospital is the first hospital in Central Pennsylvania to be recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

2009 – PinnacleHealth performs its first kidney transplant as part of the National Kidney Registry’s (NKR) paired donor exchange program. At the time, the transplant was part of the biggest kidney exchange transplant surgery chain in the United States, which involved eight pairings of donors and recipients coast-to-coast. Over a one-week period, September 30 to October 6, 16 surgeries took place at five hospitals across the nation. The exchange had the first red eye flight used for a transcontinental shipped kidney, first compatible pair in a NKR swap and the oldest recipient in an NKR swap at 83 years old.

2009- PinnacleHealth has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in PA for the seventh consecutive year .

2009 - PinnacleHealth achieves recognition as a Thomson Reuters100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Winner for the second consecutive year.

2009 - PinnacleHealth installs the first Aquilion ONE® (volume computed tomography (CT) scanner) in the state ... one of only nine in the entire country

2009 - PinnacleHealth completes 700th transplant surgery since establishing the program in 2000

2009 - AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50

2009- PinnacleHealth recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the foremost accrediting body in healthcare in the United States

2008 – PinnacleHealth begins offering new antibody reduction protocol to kidney transplant patients, helping to reduce preformed human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibody levels and enhancing the patient’s compatibility with available kidneys.

2008 - PinnacleHealth Opens, one-of-a-kind, advanced Minimally Invasive Endovascular Suite
2008 - First same-sitting hybrid revascularization (heart bypass surgery and stent placement) with da Vinci robot

2008 - PinnacleHealth achieves recognition as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Winner

2007 – New operating room, equipped with state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical technology, was dedicated on February 7. The suite offers surgeons and staff the latest innovations, from advanced optics to integrated imaging.

2007 - PinnacleHealth's Bariatric Surgery Program attains Center of Excellence designation by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

2006 - PinnacleHealth nurses achieve Magnet Recognition

2006 - PinnacleHealth becomes the first in the northeast offering robotically-assisted minimally invasive surgery (heart bypass and prostatectomy) with the da Vinci® S™ Surgical System

2005 - PinnacleHealth nurses seek Magnet Recognition

2005 - PinnacleHealth installed Central Pennsylvania's first fully-automated laboratory robotics system

2005 - First SPY® Operating System

2005 - Started the region's only inpatient geriatric psychiatric program.

2005 - PinnacleHealth Heart & Vascular Institute drove the first cardiac patient in the new VIP Van Service, a courtesy shuttle service for cardiovascular patients at the Harrisburg Campus.

2005 – PinnacleHealth created the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which was designed to fill the gaps between traditional outpatient and acute behavioral health services. This service is located on the Harrisburg Campus in Press Hall now under the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.

2005 - Introduced the Cardiac Transfer Center which assists physicians and hospitals transferring patients to PinnacleHealth for cardiovascular procedures.

2004 - PinnacleHealth brought the National Red Dress Project to Harrisburg, educating women about their #1 health threat: heart disease. Along with the high profile red dresses, local and national celebrities Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming, ABC News Reporter Cokie Roberts, Miss Pennsylvania Candace Otto and abc27 Anchors Alicia Richards and Valerie Pritchett helped spread this important message.

2004 - First carotid artery stent placed

2003 - Toxicology Center - one of the first of its kind in the nation - is founded

2002 - Highest Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts (CABG) performed in Pennsylvania

2002 - STAT MedEvac Air Transport Service established

2001 - The newly expanded Community Campus Emergency Department was dedicated by the Albert and Marie Herbert family and PinnacleHealth officials

2001 The Fredricksen Outpatient Center on the West Shore Campus was dedicated on October 25. The outpatient health and clinical services center and physician office building houses an outpatient surgery center in addition to clinical and diagnostic testing areas.

2000 - A new cardiovascular center opened on the 4th floor of the Harrisburg Campus featuring improved waiting areas and state-of-the-art technology

2000 - First stent trial

2000 - First kidney transplant performed.

2000 - Five new operating rooms (OR) opened on the Harrisburg Campus. They feature advanced technology and are staffed by highly skilled surgical teams. Each OR is outfitted for general surgery with some specially prepared for cardiac surgery, orthopedic procedures and neurosurgery

1999 - PinnacleHealth Heart & Vascular Institute is named one of the top 100 U.S. providers of heart care, according to a study by HCIA, a Baltimore-based healthcare information and analysis company

1999 - First minimally invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) repair.

1999 - Opening of the PinnacleHealth Heart & Vascular Institute.

1999 - Cryosurgery was offered for the first time in Central Pennsylvania on the Community Campus

1998 - PinnacleHealth opened dedicated stroke units in both Harrisburg and
Polyclinic Hospitals as part of the formation of a comprehensive stroke care program

1998 - Community Hospital joined PinnacleHealth

1997 - First off-pump coronary bypass

1996 - Polyclinic Hospital and Capital Health System merged to become PinnacleHealth

1987 - Harrisburg and Seidle Hospitals merged to form Capital Health System

1987 - Introduced Capital Psychiatric Associates, part of Capital Health System, which then became PinnacleHealth Psychological Associates (PHPA)

1984 - Plans for the involvement of the Harrisburg Interdenominational Ministerium in the building of the Chapel. Rev. Clyde Roach, Rev. L.S. Morrison, and Elder Earl E. Hines, Jr., are part of the project.

1983 - Andrew M. Bradley, a member of the Board of Directors since 1971 dies. He was credited with playing a major role in the recent master site construction project at Harrisburg Hospital. Officials honored Bradley by constructing the Andrew M. Bradley Flag Plaza on South Front Street, at the main hospital entrance.

1983 – The Harrisburg Institute of Psychiatry was established

1980 – Psychiatric Department initiated at Polyclinic Medical Center

1980 - First Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) at Harrisburg Campus

1978 - $33.7 million project approved by Board in May for Harrisburg Hospital.

1979 - First Children's Health Fair for 600 area third graders held

1969 - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened at Harrisburg Campus

1969 - Adult Partial Hospital program (first in the area) was started.

1968 - Harrisburg Hospital sponsored the first Community Mental Health Center in Dauphin County. Services included Inpatient Psychiatry, Mental Health Outpatient services, emergency services for psychiatric patients, and Consultation services.

1967 - 17-bed Intensive Care Unit opened with six cardiac monitoring facilities

1960 - Opened the inpatient psychiatric unit

1957 - First heart catheterization at Polyclinic Campus

1956: - First open heart surgery performed at Harrisburg Campus

1956 - First cardioversion at Polyclinic Campus

1951 - Osteopathic Hospital (now Community Hospital) opened

1936 - Seidle Memorial Hospital founded

1924 – The Dunott-Coover Memorial Operating Room Trust was established with $4,000 worth of stocks; income was used to buy surgical instruments.

1912 - First gasoline-powered ambulance put into service

1909 - Polyclinic Hospital opened

1900 - Haldeman-Haly Operating Room opened in response to high demand for services

1873 - Harrisburg Hospital officially founded

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