Get to Know Our Partner Institutes
The PaTH Network consists of six health care systems: Geisinger Health System, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Temple Health System, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and University of Utah School of Medicine and University of Utah Health.
Geisinger Health System, located in Danville, Pa, is one of the largest integrated health systems in the U.S., serving about three million residents. Geisinger has spearheaded the development of The Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE®), a regional health exchange that links hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health clinics, and healthcare professionals in more than 53 Pennsylvania counties, so health information can follow patients across the care continuum. KeyHIE® is one of the nation’s largest and most advanced health information exchanges, featuring 3.7 million patients’ health records and nearly 8,000 active users from non-participating care providers.
As the largest primary care practice in Maryland, Johns Hopkins Health System cares for over 2.9 million patients every year. About 40% of Johns Hopkins patients are underrepresented minorities. JHHS also provides the majority of health care to the East Baltimore community, which represents a predominantly low-income African American population. Johns Hopkins boasts award-winning staff, with 21 current or former school of medicine scientists being Nobel laureates.
Located in Hershey, Pa, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center serve over two million patients. Their visitors hail largely from rural areas but also represent small urban and suburban communities. A large portion of patients are economically disadvantaged, and a disproportionately large fraction is elderly. Penn State College of Medicine has a rich history in medicine and was the first in the nation to have a Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Part of the 26th largest university in the U.S., the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and Temple University Health System serve a diverse population of at-risk, socioeconomically disadvantaged patients in North Philadelphia. Recent statistics indicate rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS are higher in North Philadelphia than elsewhere in the state, especially among Black and Hispanic patients. Philadelphia magazine has named 72 Temple physicians in its ‘Top Doctors’ of 2016.
University of Pittsburgh Medical School has been a leader in medical research since Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine here over 50 years ago. Today, the university remains one of the highest funded research-focused institutions in the country—a position it has retained since being one of the top 10 recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 1998.
With 20 hospitals, 861 outpatient practices, and 30 outpatient physical rehabilitation facilities, UPMC is one of the largest and most diverse non-profit integrated delivery and financing systems in the nation, serving over 3.6 million patients each year. Over 530 UPMC physicians in 77 areas of expertise have been named a 2016 ‘Best Doctor’ by Best Doctors®.
Finally, University of Utah School of Medicine and University of Utah Health, which together form the Intermountain West’s only academic health care system, care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states. The university is home to the Utah Population Database (UPDB), which supports research on genetics, epidemiology, demography, and public health. It is the only database of its kind in the U.S. and one of only a few in the world. For more than 30 years, researchers have used UPDB to identify and study individuals and families that have a higher-than-normal incidence of cancer and other diseases, to analyze patterns of genetic inheritance, and to identify specific genetic mutations. Most families living in Utah are represented in the database.
Each of these sites brings a long history of high-quality research and clinical care as well as exciting new opportunities to PaTH.