Lancaster General Hospital
is a tertiary health care system that serves central Pennsylvania via an inpatient hospital in Lancaster, PA, and multiple outpatient facilities throughout Lancaster County. It has been a top 100 hospital for 5 years in a row, and has also been designated a Magnet Hospital in recognition of its nursing services.
The Journal of Lancaster General Hospital has been published quarterly since April 2006 as a “Record of Medical Progress.” The print edition of JLGH is distributed to more than 5,000 physicians and nursing leaders as well as others concerned with health care in central Pennsylvania. The Journal’s Mission is to be an educational resource that furthers the highest standards in the science, practice, and art of delivering health care.
To fulfill this objective, each issue contains at least four scientific articles by members of the LGH staff that review important or controversial clinical subjects; discuss clinical and research activities and new technologies at the hospital; or describe new treatment modalities being assessed by LGH physicians in collaborative national trials. Articles are edited rigorously to provide useful information concisely and in a more readable style than conventional peer-reviewed medical journals.
In addition, each issue of JLGH contains several regular departments:
- From the Editor’s Desk – a report of progress at the Journal, and a discussion of matters related to the delivery of health care,
- Medico-Legal and Ethical Matters – the LGH Senior V.P. and General Counsel explores these complex issues,
- Imaging Insights – LGH radiologists discuss new imaging technologies,
- Viewpoint from the President of the Medical Staff – a forum for wide-ranging discussion by our Medical Staff President,
- Top Tips from Family Practice - a brief update of latest developments in a single clinical field, such as fish-oil dietary supplements,
- CME questions for credit,
- Perspective from the Administration - A member of the hospital administration provides a broad perspective on issues of health care administration, or discusses specific LGH issues and plans.
Another unique feature of each issue are audio interviews with interesting people in the LGH family. These discussions range over a broad spectrum of topics in health care, from scientific discussions about innovations and controversies in medicine, to administrative problems in health care delivery, to aspects of health policy in America that influence clinical practice and every professional’s life.
The print edition of the Journal at one time included a CD with these interviews, and, though the interviews have been discontinued, the previous versions are all archived on this website for direct listening or downloading.
As examples of these audio interviews, the inaugural issue contains a conversation between Editor-in-Chief Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D. and Holmes Morton, M.D. at the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, about Dr. Morton's world famous work on genetically caused errors of metabolism among the Amish and Mennonite communities, and another with LGH President and CEO Tom Beeman about his view of LGH and where he hopes to take it.
If, after reviewing the content of the online Journal, you are interested in receiving the print edition, please contact us at JLGH@lancastergeneral.org
We also welcome your feedback on any aspect of the Journal’s content or Mission.
Editor in Chief
Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D.
Advisory Editorial Board
Philip M. Bayliss, M.D.
Laurence E. Carroll, M.D.
Daleela G. Dodge, M.D.
Lee M. Duke II, M.D.
Robert J. Gottlieb, M.D.
Michael A. Horst, Ph.D.
Joseph M. Kontra, M.D.
J. Paul Lyet, M.D., Ph.D.
Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
Bruce H. Pokorney, M.D.
Frederick B. Rogers, M.D.
Leigh S. Shuman, M.D.
Paul R. Sieber, M.D.
Roy S. Small, M.D.