Reihart to head Emergency Department at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center

A headshot of Dr. Michael Reihart wearing a suit is placed over a rendering of the future Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center.

Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center is building its operational leadership team ahead of the hospital’s opening later this year with the appointment of Dr. Michael Reihart as director of emergency services. He will oversee the Emergency Department’s clinical operations.

March 16, 2022Penn State Health News

A central Pennsylvania native, Reihart has provided emergency medical care in Lancaster County for the past 25 years. He comes to Penn State Health from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, where he was associate medical director for emergency medical services and had also served as an attending physician since 1997.

“Dr. Reihart brings tremendous leadership skills and clinical experience to our new hospital,” said Claire Mooney, Lancaster Medical Center senior vice president and chief operating officer. “His experience within the Lancaster community also makes him uniquely aware of the emergency needs of Lancaster County residents. With the support of our experienced nursing directors, EMS and nursing team, we will create a highly collaborative, team-oriented culture that will allow us to provide the superior emergency medical care that Lancaster County residents deserve.”

Reihart also serves as the regional director of the Emergency Health Services Federation, chairs the medical advisory committee to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and serves as the medical director and member of the Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team. In 2020, he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award, presented by the American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division. He was named Pennsylvania Emergency Physician of the Year in 2007 by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, Pennsylvania Department of Health and Bureau of EMS.

Effective March 14, Reihart joined the hospital’s existing leadership team of Joe Frank, regional president, Penn State Health; Barbara Zuppa, Lancaster Medical Center chief nursing officer; and Mooney.

“I am very excited to join Lancaster Medical Center to provide exemplary and compassionate care in a welcoming and inclusive environment,” Reihart said. “With the incredible resources of our new medical center and the support of our region’s only locally based university hospital, our team looks forward to meeting the needs of our community.”

Board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow in emergency medicine and the subspecialty of emergency medical services, Reihart received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He has a strong interest in the integration of prehospital care of acutely ill and injured patients with leading-edge, in-hospital resuscitation strategies and procedures.

Recruitment will continue, with additional leadership appointments expected soon. For more information as additional positions are posted, visit

Lancaster Medical Center is a 129-bed community hospital under construction in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. When it opens in late 2022, the hospital will give residents in this growing community expanded access to Penn State Health’s primary, specialty and acute care, including the advanced care and clinical trials at the health system’s academic hub, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Lancaster Medical Center will feature an emergency department, specialty medical and surgical services, an imaging lab, labor and delivery, and an attached medical office building for physician practices and outpatient services. It will employ nearly 900 health care workers when fully operational.

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