Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center named one of 24 Tree Campus Healthcare facilities nationwide

A man kneels close to a rough patch of ground. Behind him, rows of saplings reach toward the crest of a hill where two others can been seen crouching and walking. The man wears a baseball cap, jacket, jeans, boots and gloves. He’s also wearing a surgical mask.Penn State College of Medicine student Solomon Klombers helps plant native seedlings on the Hershey campus during a tree planting ceremony in April.

For the second straight year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as a Tree Campus Healthcare Institution. The program celebrates health care organizations that display leadership in wellness and community engagement through trees. The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of just 24 locations nationwide to earn this honor.

September 27, 2021Penn State Health News

As part of its commitment to the environment, the Medical Center conducts an annual tree planting ceremony on Earth Day, with volunteers planting 100 native seedlings on campus. The Medical Center also inventories, tags, evaluates and provides feedback on tree health through a tree management program. More than 2,524 established trees are tagged as part of the program.

“These programs will continue to allow Hershey Medical Center to be a good steward for the environment, along with our campus landscape master plan,” said Steven Furmanski, manager of grounds and waste processing at the Medical Center. Hershey Medical Center also participates in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 10 Million Trees Program, a regional conservation effort.

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