Health Care Services

Living in the Greater Reading/Berks area puts you in close proximity to distinctive regional healthcare services, including community-based primary care, and an incredibly wide range of specialty care practices. Especially prominent here are the heart, cancer, orthopedic, and surgical specialties. Also included are individualized prevention and wellness programs, state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies, supplemental home healthcare and hospice services, and a broad variety of educational events and support programs to keep the community informed of pertinent health and wellness issues.

Exceptional Doctors Attending - Our area's physicians are recognized as among the best in the country, with offices conveniently located throughout the county and adjacent counties. In addition to providing excellent patient care, our doctors are involved in major research studies to find better ways to prevent and treat illnesses. They are pioneers in utilizing the latest medical technology and performing groundbreaking procedures. Many are recognized internationally and have teaching affiliations within the metro Philadelphia, Baltimore-Washington, and New York City areas. Valuing the quality of life it provides, they choose Berks County for their residence, commuting to the larger cities for their academic work, research and teaching assignments.

Knowing How to Treat People - Greater Reading/Berks County is lucky to have two hospitals - facilities making their way through an ever-changing healthcare environment undergoing numerous financial, regulatory, and public policy challenges. They accomplish this while continually focusing on the core mission of patient care and safety.

The Reading Hospital and Medical Center is the largest hospital in Pennsylvania between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. This not-for-profit healthcare institution provides more than 3.7 million medical service procedures annually to patients from all parts of Berks and surrounding counties. And, by the end of 2006, after six years of planning and 31/2 years of construction, St. Joseph Medical Center's new $150 million 40-acre health campus in Bern Township will be open.

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