Reading Hospital

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Reading Hospital
Tower Health
Clock tower at Reading Hospital
Clock tower at Reading Hospital
Location420 South 5th Avenue, West Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Affiliated universityDrexel University College of Medicine, Alvernia University, Duke University, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, McMasters University, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Washington University Medical Center
Emergency departmentLevel I Trauma Center
HelipadFAA LID: 9PS5
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1[1] 42 13 Mats
WebsiteReading Hospital

Reading Hospital is a 738-bed [4]non-profit teaching hospital located in West Reading, Pennsylvania. The hospital was established in 1867 and is a part of Tower Health System.

Reading Hospital is a certified stroke center,[5] and the emergency department includes a level I trauma center.[6] The hospital operates several residency training programs for newly graduated physicians such as internal medicine, internal medicine osteopathic, transitional year, family medicine, OB/GYN, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, general surgery, neurology, podiatric surgery & psychiatry. One year pharmacy residency is also offered. The residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The internal medicine residency is also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.


In November 1867, physicians with the Reading Medical Association and 16 local business leaders developed plans for the area's first hospital. The Reading Dispensary opened in downtown Reading on Jan. 27, 1868, and moved to northwest Reading in 1886 under its new name, The Reading Hospital. Public demand for hospital care led to constant expansion, resulting in the 1926 relocation to the present 36-acre (15-hectare) site in West Reading. In 2017 the Reading hospital introduced Tower Health. This included a purchase of Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital, a teaching hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; and Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia; and 20 urgent care locations across the service area.[7] In 2019, a 16-bed pediatric emergency department was added.[8]

In 2017, Reading Hospital treated more than 133,000 people in its emergency room, delivered 3,500 babies, provided more than 750,000 outpatient services and 33,000 inpatient admissions. Reading Hospital operates a level I trauma center.[6] The hospital is certified as an advanced primary stroke center.[5]

Graduate medical education[edit]

Reading Hospital operates a number of residency training programs for newly graduated physicians. Programs include Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and a Transitional Year.[9] All programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The internal medicine program is also dually accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.[10] There is also a residency programs for pharmacists.[9] In January 2021, Tower Health announced additional residency programs in neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as fellowship programs in nephrology, plastic surgery, sleep medicine, and pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.[11]


  • Magnet Recognition
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Accreditation
  • Commission on Cancer Accreditation and Gold Rating
  • Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval
  • Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification
  • Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification
  • Certified Urgent Care Center Category 1 Designation by the Urgent Care Association of America
  • The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Chest Pain Center
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society Full Accreditation
  • Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons Approval with Commendation
  • American Association of Blood Banks Accreditation



  • Academic Centers
    • Alvernia University
    • Drexel University College of Medicine
    • Duke University
    • Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
    • The Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
    • McMasters University
    • Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
    • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Temple University School of Medicine
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Pennsylvania Health System
    • Washington University Medical Center
  • Medical Research Institutes
    • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
    • National Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    • Saint Jude Medical[12]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "AirNavL 9PS5 - Reading Hospital Heliport". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "About Us".
  3. ^ About. "About Reading Hospital". Tower Health.
  4. ^ "Reading Hospital Patient Guide".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b "Quality Report: Summary of Quality Information, Reading Hospital". The Joint Commission.
  6. ^ a b "The Reading Hospital". Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation.
  7. ^ "Tower Health Campus". College of Medicine. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  8. ^ "Pediatric Emergency Department | Tower Health Reading Hospital". Archived from the original on 2019-10-08.
  9. ^ a b "Residencies". Reading Health.
  10. ^ "PCOM/Reading Hospital and Med Ctr - Internal Medicine Residency". American Osteopathic Association.
  11. ^ "Reading Hospital adds 6 academic programs". Reading Eagle.
  12. ^ a b "Accreditations & Affiliations | Reading Hospital". Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  13. ^ Internet Services. "Pathology | Faculty & Staff". Oklahoma State University Department of Health Sciences. Retrieved 2014-03-16.

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Coordinates: 40°19′49″N 75°57′02″W / 40.330315°N 75.950553°W / 40.330315; -75.950553

  1. ^ "Approval for Elevation of Level II Trauma Center to Level I Status" (PDF) (Press release). Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. 2022-07-22. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-08-19. Retrieved 2022-08-19.