Care at Children's

Penn State pediatric neurosurgery program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children with head and spine trauma.

American Nurses Credentialing Center has awarded us Magnet status, a recognition of superior nursing processes and quality patient care.

Trauma Center

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is the only Level I trauma center in the region for both adults and children.

To achieve Level 1 status - the highest designation - a trauma center must have a range of capabilities and qualities, including:

  • Ability to provide total care for all aspects of injury
  • 24-hour coverage by general surgeons and prompt availability of specialists such as neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and anesthesiologists
  • Active commitment to trauma-related research

Our pediatric surgical and medical specialists are available 24 hours a day to provide immediate treatment to injured children.

Concussion Program

Penn State Concussion Program provides comprehensive care to patients recovering from concussion and brain injury. We carefully assess and document event history and symptoms to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment - all with the goal of getting the patient to return to full activity as quickly and safely as possible.

Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists in:

  • Sports medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neurology
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Educational support

Learn more about the Concussion Program.

What we treat

We evaluate and treat all types of head and spine trauma.

Head trauma may be caused by a variety of incidents, including:

  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Child abuse (abusive head trauma, or Shaken Baby Syndrome)

Brain trauma may be caused from:

  • A sudden force or impact
  • Swelling or changes in blood flow
  • Bleeding (hemorrhage) inside of the skull

The spine and spinal cord may also be injured in trauma, although this is much less common in children than it is in adults and children rarely become paralyzed from spinal cord injury. However, because of their immature spine anatomy, children may have unique injuries that do not commonly occur in adults. Because of this, we pay particular attention to the effects of the injuries and treatments on the growing spine.

Treatments

Treatments for head and spine trauma vary depending on the severity and complexity of the injury.

Potential surgical treatments for head injury include repairing depressed skull fractures, removing blood clots within the head, or inserting a monitor to measure the pressure in the head (intracranial pressure monitoring).

Spine trauma treatments may include stabilization of the spine with an external brace or surgery to fuse the spine.

Departments

Head and spine trauma care involves multidisciplinary care from many departments, including:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Critical care

Locations

Our pediatric clinic is located at:

Penn State Bone and Joint Institute

30 Hope Drive, Suite 2200, Entrance B

Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 717-531-3828

An additional clinic is located at:

Penn State Medical Group, St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading

2494 Bernville Road, Suite 106

Reading, PA 19605

Phone: 610-898-1800

Groups, Classes & Support

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles.

Learn more about pediatric support groups offered at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

Research & Clinical Trials

Our clinical trials office guides participants through the process, from initiation through completion of the study. View current clinical trials.

We can help

If you have a question or want to schedule an appointment, call us at

717-531-3828.