Jefferson Health

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Jefferson Health
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.jpg
Entrance to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on South 11th Street.
LocationCenter City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
CoordinatesCoordinates: 39°56′59″N 75°09′26″W / 39.949691°N 75.157124°W / 39.949691; -75.157124
Care systemNon-Profit
Hospital typeTeaching hospitals; primary, secondary, and tertiary care centers; ambulatory clinics
Affiliated universityThomas Jefferson University
Emergency departmentLevel I Trauma Center
HelipadFAA LID: 9PA8[2]
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 40 12 Asphalt
ListsHospitals in Pennsylvania

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc, branded as Jefferson Health, is a multi-state non-profit health system whose flagship hospital is Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City, Philadelphia. The health system's hospitals serve as the teaching hospitals of Thomas Jefferson University. Although two separate entities, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health are combined together under the same leadership that includes a single board of directors[4].


Originally formed in 1825 as the Infirmary of the Jefferson Medical College, the predecessor of the Hospital of Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital serves patients in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities in the Delaware Valley and southern New Jersey.

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals system has 957 licensed acute care beds. Services are provided at five locations — the main hospital facility and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, both in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; Jefferson at the Navy Yard, just past the sports complex; and Jefferson-Voorhees in South Jersey.

Formerly a division of Thomas Jefferson University, the Hospital was separated from the University to become a founding member of the Jefferson Health system in 1995. The Hospital merged with Methodist Hospital as a division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in 1996.[5] In March 2014, the Jefferson Health System was dissolved "in order for (TJUH) to move forward" and "be nimble and agile, but also not be constrained by a corporate relationship that in some respects put some limits on what we could do," according to Stephen K. Klasko, Jefferson's President and Chief Executive of both Thomas Jefferson University and the parent Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc.[6]

For fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals had 937 licensed beds, 41,368 admissions, 1,350,317 outpatient visits, 117,746 emergency room visits, 9,500 full- and part-time employees, 873 house staff, 1,667* medical staff, and 3,265 full- and part-time registered nurses. (*Includes other professional personnel including psychologists, podiatrists, NPs, PAs, CRNAs, etc.) [7]

In July 2017, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University combined to create the newly named Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), "creating a national comprehensive university designed to deliver high-impact education and value for students in medicine, science, architecture, design, fashion, textiles, health, business, engineering and more."


Jefferson Health comprises the hospitals of:

Departments and services[edit]

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals provides medical services across more than 200 specialized centers, programs, departments and divisions.[8]

The organization features eight "Premier Programs" focused on:

  • Bones and Joints
  • Digestive Diseases
  • Heart and Vascular
  • Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience
  • Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
  • Surgical Services
  • Transplantation
  • Women's Health Services

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals has an Office of Human Research/Division of Clinical Trials Support to assist with the formal clinical trials in which the organization is involved.[9]

Five of the seven physicians on the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team are doctors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals: Dr. Peter DeLuca (Head Team Physician and orthopedist), Dr. Paul Marchetto (Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery), Dr. Alexander Vaccaro (Professor and Attending surgeon of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery), Dr. Matthew Pepe (assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery), Dr. Chris Dodson (sports medicine surgeon at the Rothman institute and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery).[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • In 2017-2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as the 16th Best Hospital in the country. Jefferson was nationally ranked in 11 specialties including 2nd best in ophthalmology, 4th best in orthopedics, 8th best in ear, nose & throat, 17th best in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 20th best in cancer, 21st best in neurology and neurosurgery, 26th best in diabetes and endocrinology, 27th best in urology, 38th best in geriatrics, 41st best in cardiology and heart surgery, and 48th best in nephrology. [11]
  • In 2013-2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Jefferson University Hospital as the 17th Best Hospital in the country. In addition, Jefferson was ranked as the 7th best hospital in the nation for orthopedics, 14th best for pulmonology, 16th best for rehabilitation, 17th best for cancer, 18th best for diabetes & endocrinology, 19th best for ear, nose & throat and 20th best for urology. U.S. News also named Jefferson as among the best within the Philadelphia region in five other specialties: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery.[12]
  • In 2009, Jefferson University Hospital was granted MAGNET® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC).[13] In 2018, Jefferson was recognized for the third time with this honor.
  • In 2013, Philadelphia named 75 Jefferson physicians to their annual "top docs" list.[14]

Medical milestones and innovations[edit]

  • In 1826, Franklin Bache, a professor of chemistry at Thomas Jefferson University, became the first researcher in the United States to conduct organized studies using acupuncture therapy.[15]
  • In 1881, William Thomson invented a standard test for color blindness.[16]
  • Jacob da Silva Solis-Cohen performed the first successful laryngotomy for vocal cord cancer in 1868. A laryngotomy is a procedure which involves cutting into the larynx in order to assist respiration when the upper part of the airway has been restricted.[17]
  • Frank H. Krusen is regarded as the “father” of the physical medicine and rehabilitation field - a branch of medicine that aims to restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical deficiencies or disabilities.[18]
  • John H. Gibbon Jr. conceived and developed the world’s first successful heart-lung machine in 1953. The heart-lung machine is a device that temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery. He also performed multiple open heart surgeries which revolutionized heart surgery in the twentieth century.[19]
  • George J. Haupt invented the Jefferson Ventilator in 1957 while a resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Haupt developed and patented the mechanical ventilator used during surgeries to inflate the patient's lungs and discharge carbon dioxide accumulated in the blood because the patient could not exhale.[20]
  • In 1965, Barry B. Goldberg, a professor of Radiology at Jefferson Medical College, was deemed a pioneer in ultrasound technology. Ultrasound imaging is a technique that enables the viewing of several body structures including tendons, muscles, joints, and internal organs.[21]
  • In 1972, Norman Lasker, a professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, invented the Jefferson Cycler—the first at-home self-treatment device for dialysis patients. Dialysis is the process of removing waste and excess water from the blood and is used as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function.[22]
  • Charles Klieman developed the modern surgical stapler in 1982, as well as the first articulating laparoscopic instrument in 1986. These are scissors that allow surgeons to choose an extremely precise angle of cut.[23]
  • On March 19, 2007, Drs. Scott Silvestry and Linda Bogar were the first in Pennsylvania to implant the Jarvik 2000® Heart Assist System to save the life of a cardiac patient.[24]



  1. ^ Jefferson University Hospital: About Us
  2. ^ "AirNav: 9PA8 - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Heliport". Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ Jefferson University Hospital: About Us
  4. ^ "How Jefferson's Stephen Klasko Intends to Fix Our Screwed-Up Health-Care System". Philadelphia Magazine. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  5. ^ Jefferson University Hospital: History
  6. ^ Philadelphia Inquired
  7. ^ Jefferson University Hospital: About Us
  8. ^ Jefferson University Hospital: Departments and Services
  9. ^ Jefferson Office of Human Research: Division of Clinical Trials Support
  10. ^ Philadelphia Eagles: Team Doctors
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ U.S. News and World Report: Top American Hospitals
  13. ^ American Nurses Credentialing Center
  14. ^ Philadelphia magazine "Top Docs" Archived 2009-08-04 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Thomas Jefferson University Archives
  16. ^ University of Toronto - Department of Psychology
  17. ^ Thomas Jefferson University Archives
  18. ^ Moss Rehab "Inside Moss Rehab"
  19. ^ The Evolution of Cardiac Surgery by Harris B. Shumacker
  20. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer
  21. ^
  22. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer "Timeline: A history of area medical innovations"
  23. ^ Google Patents Database
  24. ^ Jefferson University Hospital
  25. ^ "G. F. Pawling Headed Construction Firm". New York Times. December 3, 1954. Retrieved 2009-08-18. George F. Pawling, engineer, builder and amateur sports official, died last night in Jefferson Hospital here at the age of 75. ...
  26. ^ "E. W. Clark, Banker and Yachtman, 88. Head of Philadelphia Firm Dies. Owned Resolute After It Defended America's Cup". New York Times. April 5, 1946. Retrieved 2010-12-07. Edward Walter Clark, well-known yachtsman and senior partner in the investment banking firm of E.W. Clark Co., died today in the Jefferson Hospital after a brief illness. His age was 88.

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