For Nurses and Advanced Practice

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) ranks as one of the region's premier medical facilities, combining leading-edge technology with personalized care from talented physicians and nurses.

Message from PPMC’s Chief Nursing Officer

Photo of James Ballinghoff MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

At Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) we are committed to creating a culture of excellence for our patients, their families, and the community that we serve. Here, the high-tech world of advanced medical and surgical procedures meets the compassionate care of our highly skilled nursing staff.

Over the years I've known a number of nurses who left PPMC, only to return. We offer a high acuity and high technology experience in a friendly compassionate setting. Unlimited opportunities allow those individuals who practice here to thrive professionally and personally.

Nurses at PPMC make the difference. Our incredibly dedicated nursing workforce strives to improve the health and well-being of every individual that walks through the door. From pre-admission to post discharge, we ensure that the human component of compassion is maintained in the world of high-tech medicine.

I hope you choose to practice the art and science of nursing at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. You, too, can make a difference and become part of our family.


James Ballinghoff MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer/Associate Executive Director

A History of Medical Excellence

Nursing has a long and impressive history at PPMC. Established in 1871, and with the opening of the School of Nursing in 1889, PPMC is now a progressive tertiary care teaching hospital recognized for outstanding medical accomplishments. These accomplishments include:

  • Magnet® Status: PPMC was granted Magnet® status — the highest institutional honor awarded for nursing excellence — from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. One of only 23 Magnet® hospitals in Pennsylvania, PPMC's achievement was granted unanimously in recognition of the hospital's commitment to sustaining nursing excellence, improving professional practice, and transforming the culture of a work environment.
  • Recognized Leadership: PPMC created one of the first coronary care units in the country and one of the first critical care units in the region. PPMC is also a regional leader in performing minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery.

A Place for Top Talent and Innovative Thinking

PPMC consistently attracts the best and brightest minds in the field of nursing. The nurses who join PPMC have the opportunity to build excellent careers in a renowned medical center that maintains a small community feel.

The nursing staff at PPMC is committed to creating a culture of excellence for all patients, their families and the entire community. Shared governance allows nurses to play an important role in making decisions regarding patient care, developing hospital policy and establishing operational procedures.

Nurses practicing at PPMC:

  • Enjoy diverse experiences and dynamic challenges that broaden their skill level.
  • Actively advocate for patients – challenging the status quo to improve care.
  • Collaborate with top physicians and assume leadership roles to continuously improve patient care.

About PPMC

Since its founding in 1871, PPMC has grown from a small 45-bed facility on 2.5 acres, to an impressive 300-bed, leading-edge facility on a 16-acre campus. PPMC is home to the regions first freestanding, outpatient heart facility and one of the nation's most renowned ophthalmology centers, the Scheie Eye Institute. As a Magnet® recognized and prestigious teaching hospital, nurses at PPMC work in a variety of modern facilities with the latest technological advancements and renowned medical staff.

Fostering Professional and Personal Growth

The very low turnover at PPMC indicates a high level of satisfaction by those delivering patient care. Nurses at PPMC find a culture that does more than value their input – they are encouraged to voice their insights, ideas and perspectives.

PPMC has valuable benefits and programs such as the Gateway to Critical Care Program, the Gateway to the Operating Room Program, career-long learning opportunities, mentoring, flexible scheduling and a warm, collegial atmosphere. These benefits allow PPMC nurses an opportunity to experience both a professionally and personally fulfilling career. Nurses expand skills and knowledge through the pursuit of specialty certifications and additional degrees with the support of Penn Medicine's tuition benefit program and on-site courses.

Within PPMC, nurses can grow and excel in the following areas:

  • Critical Care
  • Perioperative
  • Emergency Department
  • Cardiology
  • Medical/ Surgical
  • Skilled Nursing
  • Behavioral Health
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