Hospitals Advance Health
Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems train the next generation of clinicians and develop the health care services of tomorrow.
Hospitals train tomorrow’s healers
Each year, Pennsylvania hospitals train thousands of doctors and other clinicians. Nine medical colleges and more than 1,300 health care-related training programs in the state train tomorrow's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professions.
The clinicians trained in Pennsylvania will be needed more than ever as baby boomers age and live longer. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the nation will have an estimated shortage approaching 122,000 physicians by 2032.
Hospitals develop tomorrow’s cures
From lab bench to patient bedside, hospitals and health systems help develop new, more effective treatments and services.
During federal fiscal year 2018, Pennsylvania hospitals,
health systems, and universities with hospital-affiliated medical schools
brought $1.9 billion in research dollars from the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
to Pennsylvania. These funds:
- Evaluate the pros and cons of various treatment options
- Support best practices in health care delivery
- Support epidemiological studies
- Feed the technology transfer that spawns spinoff enterprises, creating new jobs and economic activity
As potential new treatments mature, hospital-affiliated clinician researchers conduct the clinical trials that offer new hope to patients and establish new standards of care.