History

A vintage photo of a nurse.Where Mount Nittany Health stands today is the result of a journey that spans more than 100 years. It all began July 8, 1902, when Bellefonte Hospital incorporated in a frame house with six patient beds.

Continual growth led to a number of building and expansion programs as well as a name change to Centre County Hospital in 1924 and then to Centre Community Hospital in 1971. To meet increasing demand for services, a new hospital building, known as the Mountainview Unit, opened July 26, 1972 in State College. The Bellefonte Hospital, called the Willowbank Unit, and the Mountainview Unit both operated until 1978, when Willowbank was closed.

Major construction projects were completed in 1980 with the south wing, 1984 with the Health Services Wing, 1989 with the Branigan Wing-Emergency Department and 1993 with an expansion and renovation. The Centre Medical Sciences Building opened in 1994, and the Centre Community Surgical Center began operation there.

During 1996 and 1997, major additions included a new Birthing Center, a new Transitional Care Unit, an expansion of the laboratory and an operating suite renovation. An affiliation between Centre Community Hospital, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lehigh Valley Hospital created the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute in September 2000.

On Nov. 6, 2003, Centre Community Hospital's name was changed to Mount Nittany Medical Center, signifying its growth as a regional medical center. In 2007, Mount Nittany Medical Center, along with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and local physicians, added interventional cardiology to its program. In 2010, the Medical Center opened the state-of-the-art east wing.

On Jan. 1, 2011, the Mount Nittany Medical Center Board of Trustees incorporated the by-laws and corporate structure to transition the hospital-based entity into a system organization. It also announced a major renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department and the construction of a comprehensive Cancer Pavilion and the addition of 51 physicians to its Physician Group.

Today, Mount Nittany Health has emerged as a regional health system; growing in scope and prominence, with the mission of making people healthier.

The system includes a parent organization, Mount Nittany Health, along with Mount Nittany Medical Center, a 260-bed acute care facility, and Mount Nittany Physician Group, a practice with more than 120 healthcare providers, across 20 specialties, located in 15 convenient locations throughout the region as well as its fundraising and development entity, The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Historical Highlights

1902

Bellefonte Hospital, a six-bed community hospital, was founded.

1924

Continual growth led to the construction of a number of buildings, an expansion and a name change to Centre County Hospital.

1971

Hospital renamed Centre Community Hospital.

1972

To meet increasing demand for services, a new facility, referred to as the Mountainview Unit, opened in State College.

The Bellefonte facility was renamed the Willowbank Unit.

1978

To better serve patients, the Willowbank Unit closed and services were consolidated at the Mountainview Unit.

2000

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute was created.

2003

Centre Community Hospital became Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center incorporated.

2006

Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and The Pennsylvania State University signed a master affiliation agreement.

2007

Interventional cardiology services were added at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The Master Campus Plan was approved by Mount Nittany Medical Center and The Pennsylvania State University.

2008

Commitment to Distinction: The Campaign for Mount Nittany Medical Center kicked off; it is the most substantial fundraising campaign in the Medical Center's history.

First clerkships and fellowship were offered at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Mount Nittany Medical Center brought Triology stereotactic system online, providing precision radiation therapy in Centre County.

2010

Mount Nittany Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of the east wing.

2011

Mount Nittany Health formed.

2012

Board-approved mission statement: To make people healthier.

Board-approved vision statement: To become the most trusted healthcare resource in Central Pennsylvania.

Completion of major expansion projects, including Emergency Department, Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion, Sieg Neuroscience Center.

First cohort of third year residents.

2013

Completion of Blue Course Drive facility.

Completion of Children's Advocacy Center.

Completion of electronic health record environment.

PARTNERS IN CANCER CARE opening.

 

 

 

The Foundation’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament raised $150,000 for the new Cancer Center.

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