Have you ever wondered why the Penn State Medical Center is lit up at night?
Whether you’re visiting the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, driving by it on 322, or if you’re like me, and you can see it after taking five steps outside of your home, this place is quite hard to miss at night.
I remember the first time I noticed the lights shining onto the front crescent of the hospital at night and was taken aback by how bright and colorful it looked. It instantly grabs your attention. Now that it’s been several years, they have done more than try to save energy. I find that they’ve made this a unique and important signature of the hospital today and it affects the public in a positive way.
For example, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the color pink is used heavily to support women that have or know someone with breast cancer.
This past month the hospital showed their support for women everywhere by lighting the front of the hospital with pink LED lights a few nights throughout the month. It was impossible to miss from the highway and easily visible from a mile away.
By doing this, the hospital is spreading awareness to the public and sending out the message that they are in full support of the health challenges that need recognition in our community. Also, they do themed lighting for specific holidays throughout the year such as the Fourth of July. This year, the building was divided into thirds of red, white, and blue.
It is so subtle yet so effective and quite frankly a little fun. Some nights they do different designs and colors and it can be exciting to drive by on your way from work and see what color the hospital is that night.
So, the next time you’re out and about one night, take a detour on you’re way home and drive by the front of the hospital and see for yourself how the hospital is engaging with its people just by the switch of a button and a few lightbulbs.
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