Some people claim that with the rapid growth of technological medicine, the patients’ perspective of their illness and care has been neglected. The Center for Humanistic Medicine (CHM) at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was founded in 1979 to promote ways to restore and enhance care that is both compassionate and technically excellent, emphasizing every patient’s individual needs.
In 1985, the work of the CHM blossomed when Drs. Lawrence F. and Jane Witmer Kienle of Medford, New Jersey, generously decided to provide continuing financial support. Following the death of Dr. Jane Kienle is 1991, the CHM was renamed The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine to recognize the contributions of both Doctors Kienle. The Kienles also supported the development of The Doctors Kienle Chair for Humane Medicine, a position currently held by Dr. J.O. Ballard.
The ongoing mission of The Doctors Kienle Center is to support, facilitate, and initiate education and research that will render the delivery of healthcare more humane, both locally and nationally. This work has flourished with the support of representatives from many departments throughout Penn State Hershey Medical Center and with support from volunteers in the hospital, medical school, and community.