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Universal Health Services , Inc.

367 S. Gulph Road

King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406

United States

Company Description

UHS is one of the nation's largest and most respected hospital companies operating acute care hospitals, behavioral healthcare facilities and ambulatory centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. UHS acts as the advisor ... more

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Employment History

Chief Nursing Officer

Lancaster Community Hospital

Director of Nursing

Valley Presbyterian Hospital


Faculty Member
University of Phoenix



Master's of Science

healthcare administration

LaVerne University

Master's of Science


Cal State Long Beach

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Lancaster Community Hospital | About the Hospital [cached]

Penny Hammer, Chief Nursing Officer

Lancaster Community Hospital | About the Hospital [cached]

Penny Hammer, Chief Nursing Officer

"We're creating an exciting opportunity ... [cached]

"We're creating an exciting opportunity for experienced nurses who want to grow their careers as well as nurses who come to us out of school," says LCH Chief Nursing Officer Penny Hammer, RN, MS. "We're also working to fill new critical care roles being created by the move to Palmdale Regional Medical Center, where we'll double the size of our Intensive Care Unit and triple the size of our Emergency Department."

New Nursing OpportunitiesMs. Hammer explains that when nursing students graduate from the local community college, they are qualified for entrance into less acute patient care roles.This includes medical-surgical (med-surg) telemetry nurses, who provide basic healthcare to patients on med-surg units.
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Penny Hammer, RN, MS
Critical care nurses focus specifically on caring for acutely ill or unstable patients.Historically, however, to get the additional training needed to move into critical care, nurses had to leave the Antelope Valley.To recruit into these more intense roles, LCH would typically go outside the Valley as well.This is no longer the case -- and it's an important step forward for the entire community, Ms. Hammer says.
"Consider that not only are we expanding, but also that nationally, between 2011 and 2020, an estimated 75 to 80 percent of nurses in critical care roles will retire.This program allows us to replace our outgoing nurses with nurses who have moved up the ranks right here," Ms. Hammer says.
We believe this new training program helps us sustain that mission," Ms. Hammer says.
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"Specialists at our Acute Care Rehab Unit offer comprehensive care, performing physical, occupational and speech therapy," explains Penny Hammer, RN, MS, Chief Nursing Officer at LCH.

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healthnews: Lancaster Community Hospital [cached]

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Penny Hammer, RN, MS
"And if a patient's condition worsens, the EMT can say, 'We need to reevaluate this situation immediately,' " says Penny Hammer, RN, MS, LCH's Chief Nursing Officer.
With the addition of Usrah Hamzie-Hariri as the new LCH Emergency Department Director, staff members expect to continue the hospital's tradition of high-quality care.
"I completely expect that Usrah will continue seeking new ways to meet our community's emergency care needs," Ms. Hammer says.

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