Occupational & Environmental wellness

We all like to feel appreciated for doing a great job. Our employee’s accomplishments are recognized through our rewards and recognition program, Paws Up! This program was designed for peers to recognize and encourage one another, and for managers to distribute awards when their employees exemplify our RITE/RICE values of respect, reverence, integrity, teamwork, compassion and excellence. We also celebrate career milestones through this program, to thank our employees for continuing to be a part of the important work that we do. To access the Paws Up! website, visit pawsup.werecognize.com.

Learning & Leadership Development Programs

The Leadership Development Programs were created by HR Learning & Leadership Development to address the professional development needs of employees throughout the Penn State Health System and the Penn State College of Medicine.  Applicants must be nominated by their supervisor during the designated nomination period for the year. A cohort structure is in place to allow for experiential learning activities inside and outside the classroom.  There are four separate year-long programs for various levels of leadership.
For more information on these programs and more, contact your Strategic HR Business Partner.

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Foundations of Leadership

Foundations of Leadership provides proven techniques that will give you the skills to make better decisions, resolve conflicts, improve employee performance and lead change. You’ll develop your own unique leadership style through guided investigations, self-assessments and challenging problem-solving studies.

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Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders program is offered to individual contributors who are seeking to gain leadership competencies and aspiring to higher levels of leadership. They may not currently hold management positions; however, they exhibit great potential for leadership opportunities in the near future.

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Leadership Essentials

The Leadership Essentials program is designed for leaders who may have not received formal leadership development training. Participants are leaders who manage individual contributors and do not have any managers/supervisors reporting to them.


Mid-Level Leaders

The Mid-Level Leaders program is designed for leaders who manage managers or supervisors and individual contributors.

Culture of Accountability Institute

Strive for a Culture of Accountability where you can demonstrate high levels of ownership to think and act in the manner necessary to achieve organizational results. The defining characteristic of this kind of culture is that you can voluntarily assume your own accountability. This mindset leads you to continually find answers, develop solutions, overcome obstacles, and triumph over any trouble that might come along. In a Culture of Accountability, everyone holds each other (and themselves) accountable for results.

Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for more information.

For immediate needs, please call 1-800-273-8255.

Substance Abuse, Alcoholism & Addiction Recovery Resources


PHMP for our medical professionals with licenses under the state board of medicine. The Voluntary Recovery Program provides a method by which professionals suffering from a mental or physical disorder, such as a substance use disorder can be directed to appropriate treatment and receive monitoring to ensure that they remain capable of practicing safely.

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PNAP (Pennsylvania Peer Assistance Program) is an independent, non-profit organization, approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, dedicated to helping nurses and nursing students deal with substance use and psychological disorders.

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SARPH (Secundum Artem Reaching Pharmacist with Help) is an independent, non-profit organization, approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy, dedicated to helping pharmacists and pharmacy interns manage substance use and mental health disorders.

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Find Recovery is the #1 addiction recovery resource website. Any kind of substance abuse, whether alcoholism or drug addiction, can be devastating to those who suffer as well as friends and family of the addict and alcoholic. This online resource connects individuals and families with resources for overcoming addiction, including AA Meetings, NA Meetings, Al-Anon Meetings, Treatment Facilities, and MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) providers across the country. Click here for more information.

Child Care Resources

Bright Horizons has Penn State Health subsidized, on-site childcare centers at both the Hershey and St. Joseph’s Medical Center campuses. There are additional resources available through SupportLinc, Penn State Health’s Employee Assistance Program, and your local YMCA.

Bright Horizons Drop-In Care

Hershey Medical Center First Discoveries
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to check availability call 717-531-5484. Drop-in care is on a first come, first serve basis.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Creative Beginnings
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to check availability call 610-375-9080. Drop-in care is on a first come, first serve basis.

CAP Child Care

For Lancaster County Residents

We are licensed by the PA Department of Human Services and hold a STAR 4 rating in the Keystone Stars program, the highest rating possible.

The rating system’s standards emphasize:

  • Staff qualifications
  • Professional development
  • The early learning program
  • Partnerships with family and community
  • Leadership and management

CAP Child Care goes above and beyond these criteria. The staff is highly qualified, with a large majority having either a college degree or a CDA credential. In addition, to earn a Star 4 rating, individual staff members must undergo 24 hours of professional development every year and receive training in pediatric first aid and CPR. The early learning program must also be carefully aligned with PA standards for early childhood education.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

For more information contact Delores Olszewskie at dolszweskie@caplanc.org or by phone at 717-299-7388 ext. 3038 or visit the CAP website by clicking here.

SupportLinc Childcare Provider Listing

SupportLinc, our employee assistance program, offers resources through GreatSchools. GreatSchools is a national nonprofit organization that empowers parents to unlock educational opportunities for their children. This locator provides school information and parenting resources to help millions of families choose the right school, support learning at home, and guide their children to great futures.

For more information, go to www.supportlinc.com, and enter group code psh. In the search bar, type in “child care” and then select resources. If you would like assistance over the phone, please call 888-881-5462, or email support@curalinc.com.

Child Care Works

Pennsylvania Subsidized Child Care Program

The subsidized child care program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. The state and federal governments fund this program, which is managed by the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) office located in your county.

If you meet the guidelines:

  • The ELRC will pay a part of your child care cost. This is called a subsidy payment.
  • You will pay a part of the cost. This is called the family co-pay.
  • The subsidy payment and the family co-pay go directly to the child care program.

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Local YMCA Child Care

YMCA has child care resources available to you. For more information on programs offered, contact the following individuals:

Lancaster Family YMCA – Melissa Adams 717-393-9622 x1124 or by email at madams@lancasterymca.org

Carlisle Family YMCA – Justin Rose 717-243-2525 x226 or by email at jrose@carlislefamilyymca.org

Harrisburg Area YMCA – Kelly Campbell 717-232-9622 or by email at kelly.campbell@ymcaharrisburg.org

Lebanon Valley Family YMCA – Kelly Benasutti 717-376-1389 or by email at childcare@lebanonymca.org

YMCA of Reading and Berks County – Shelley Eppihimer 610-378-4700 or by email at seppihimer@ymca-berkscounty.org