Lancaster General Hospital is a non-profit community hospital in Lancaster, PA. The hospital and its parent, Lancaster General Health, are members of the University of Pennsylvania Heallth System (Penn Medicine). LGH is a tertiary health care system that serves central Pennsylvania via an inpatient hospital in Lancaster, PA, and multiple outpatient facilities throughout Lancaster County and beyond. It has been a top 100 hospital for five 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 7,000 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 additional departments on a rotating basis:
  • 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,
  • Top Tips from Family Practice – a brief update of latest developments in the family practice world,
  • 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.
  • Photo Quiz – Interesting cases from Urgent Care & Family Medicine
The print edition of the Journal at one time included a CD with audio interviews with interesting people in the LGH family. These discussions ranged 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. Though the interviews have been discontinued, the previous versions are all archived on this website for direct listening or downloading on the Audio Interview page.

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 call 717-544-8004. 

We also welcome your feedback on any aspect of the Journal’s content or mission.

Editor in Chief
Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D.
Managing Editor
Jean A. Korten
Advisory Editorial Board
Philip M. Bayliss, M.D.
Aaron D. Bleznak, M.D.
Tomomi M. Horning, DBA
Michael A. Horst, Ph.D.
Joseph M. Kontra, M.D.
Randall A. Oyer, M.D.
Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
Frederick B. Rogers, M.D.
Gerald W. Rothacker Jr., M.D.
Leigh S. Shuman, M.D.
Paul R. Sieber, M.D.
Roy S. Small, M.D.
Christine M. Stabler, M.D.