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Penn State Health Associate Decedent Care - Decedent Care in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Location: US:PA:Hershey

Work Type: Full Time

FTE: 1.0

Shift: Varied

Hours: Varied


The Associate Decedent Care at Penn State Health is responsible for all aspects of the final stages in the continuum of patient care from the time that the patient dies until such time that the body is released to the family’s agent. This position plays a critical role in the success of the centralized hospital-wide decedent care services by fulfilling the medical center’s key missions including patient care, education, support of research, service to community, and regulatory compliance. The function of this position is multifactorial, which includes administrative, technical, regulatory, and educational components.

Associates function as a liaison among various individuals / parties involved in the care of the patient, including Physicians, nursing staff, Chaplain, Gift of Life, Coroners, Pathologists, internal departments, outside agencies including Law Enforcement and Child and Youth Services and the next of kin of the deceased patient and their agents, on all deaths that occur within the medical center.

Additional responsibilities include managing the death certification process, regulatory compliance related to deceased patients and maintenance of College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation. Decedent Care Associates also provide service to the family, conduct morgue management, and participate in autopsy administration and preparation.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent (including Mortuary Science), or active Funeral Director License, or ASCP certification in a clinical laboratory discipline (HT, HTL, MLS, MLT, PA, etc) is required.

Excellent oral communication and organizational skills, multitasking, detail-oriented, able to analyze and effectively handle complex situations.

Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, able to be trained in electronic medical record system) required.

Able to work effectively and efficiently in the presence of dead bodies.

Able to work independently and as a team member.


Able to sit, walk and stand frequently.

Able to lift/carry 0-10 lbs frequently; 11-75 lbs occasionally.

Able to push 0-50 lbs frequently; 51-100 lbs occasionally.

Able to pull 0-100 lbs frequently.

Able to climb occasionally; reach constantly.

Able to use hands for simple/firm grasping.

P enn State Health Offers an exceptional benefit package including but not limited to:

Generous Paid Time Off and Personal Time

Medical Benefits (No waiting period)

Dental and Vision Benefits

75% Penn State University Tuition Discount (Full-Time Employees) -This benefit extends to dependents after one year

Matching 401K retirement plan


Penn State Health is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country. It is a multi-hospital health system, Academic Medical Center and Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center serving patients and communities across Central Pennsylvania. The system includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children's Hospital, and Penn State Cancer Institute in scenic Hershey, PA. It also includes Penn State Health Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Reading, PA, Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill, PA, and Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Enola, PA. Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine.


We are proud to possess a vibrant downtown area which affords exceptional cultural opportunities including the Hershey and Harrisburg Orchestras, museums, a highly rated amusement park, the Hershey Theater, farmer’s markets and some of the finest dining in the region. We are an easy distance from the Fulton Theater, York Little Theater, Lancaster’s Amish country, and walkable towns like Hummelstown and Lititz.

For the outdoors enthusiast, we have ample opportunities for hiking, biking, rowing, and hunting. For sports lovers, we are home to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, the Minor League Baseball’s Harrisburg Senators, and the United Soccer League’s Penn FC. Central Pennsylvania is an exceptional combination of rural, suburban, and city living is within a 2-hour drive to weekend destinations such as Philadelphia, Washington DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore, and only a 3-hour drive from New York City.

If chosen for this position, you may be required to pass a Post Offer Employment Physical Exam in accordance with the measurements listed in the Work Task Analysis (WTA) report. This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.

P enn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information . If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday, email or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF ( for more detailed steps for assistance.

U nion: Non Bargained