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performs 20,000 surgeries; and responds to heart attacks and
strokes with high quality, efficient protocols that lead national
standards.
Reading Hospital puts the community first. The hospital provides approximately $150 million in uncompensated care each
year. The Reading Hospital Foundation funds major innovation,
education and research projects that improve healthcare in the
community. The Friends of Reading Hospital support important
initiatives such as HeartSAFE Berks County, which works to
increase the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
Nurses are at the heart of Reading Hospital's culture of
caring. In 2016, Reading Hospital received Magnet status for
excellence in nursing - a major achievement that indicates to
patients that the hospital offers a safe environment with excellent
patient outcomes. Reading Hospital opened a nursing school
in 1889 and in May 1891, the first nursing class graduated at
the old Reading Hospital. Today's School of Health Sciences
uses high-tech simulation to train nurses and a range of other
healthcare professionals.

In 2017, Tower Health was created when the former Reading
Health System acquired Brandywine Hospital, Chestnut Hill
Hospital, Jennersville Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital and
Pottstown Hospital. Tower Health, which includes Reading
Hospital, also consists of Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at
Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences; a
connected network of 2,000 physicians, specialists and providers across 65 convenient locations; and the Tower Health/
UPMC Health Plan.
As Reading Hospital celebrates a century and a half of caring,
it is reflecting on its expansion as well as its time-honored tradition of compassionate, community-based healthcare.
"We're celebrating all of the people who came before us that
laid the foundation," says Therese Sucher, Chief Operating
Officer. "We're celebrating all of the life that has lived within
this campus, and we are humbled as we consider the lives we
will positively impact in the years ahead."

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