Lancaster General Hospital | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. Lancaster General Hospital has been providing care for citizens of Lancaster County and beyond since 1893 when the hospital opened in a three-story residence.

In 1983, Lancaster General Hospital surgeons performed the first open heart surgery in Lancaster County, and since then the Lancaster Heart & Vascular Institute has distinguished itself as a top provider of heart care in the state. In 2015, LGH acquired a da Vinci Xi Surgical System, and is the only hospital in the Lancaster County to use the robot for cardiothoracic surgery. Additionally, the LVHI features hybrid operating rooms, allowing surgeons to perform more complex cardiac procedures.

Lancaster General Hospital is the only accredited Level II trauma center in the county, a recognition it has held for more than two decades. The emergency room at the hospital has a dedicated area for resuscitating trauma patients, which includes an overhead X-ray machine that immediately provides films.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Lancaster General Hospital No. 5 in Pennsylvania for 2014-15, and four of its specialties — diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and pulmonology — were nationally ranked. The hospital also was named among Healthgrades' 2015 list of America's 100 Best Hospitals and is Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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