New technology center builds on promises of Hershey groundbreaking 50 years ago

The University Technology Center on the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus is near completion. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

HERSHEY, Pa. — We’re all walking around with at least 6 billion pieces of information in our personal genome that, as the field of personalized medicine grows, can provide valuable clues to future health. When paired with clinical data from the electronic medical record, physicians will be able to provide individualized, precision medical care. The potential implications for improved health and efficiency of health care delivery are huge. So too are the technology needs to support that future.

In the not too distant future, every patient seen by providers at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Center will be offered genome analysis, something the organization’s founders could have never conceived of 50 years ago when the first shovel was plunged into the farm fields on Feb. 26, 1966, of what would become the Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. The groundbreaking was a short three years after a $50 million gift offer from the M.S. Hershey Foundation to Penn State to establish a medical school and teaching hospital in Hershey.

Read more in this Penn State Medicine article.

Last Updated March 03, 2016