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Thomas Jefferson University

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Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health (also known collectively as “Jefferson’) is an academic medical center dedicated to educating the health professionals of tomorrow in a variety of disciplines; discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of clinical care; and providing exceptional primary through complex quaternary care to patients in the communities we serve throughout the Delaware Valley.  Our mission is:  Health is All We Do. Our Vision is:  to reimagine health, health education and discovery to create unparalleled value and to be the most trusted healthcare partner.

Founded in 1824 as Jefferson Medical College (JMC), and now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, our University also includes the Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Population Health.  The University enrolls more than 3,800 future physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals. 

Sidney Kimmel Medical College is one of the largest freestanding private medical colleges in the U.S. and is nationally known for its interprofessional approach to medical education. Our residency placement rate is 97% - exceeding the national average - and our USMLE (step 1) student pass rate is 98% --also exceeding the national average.  Through our College of Biomedical Sciences, 90% of our Post-baccalaureate Pre-Professional Program graduates have been accepted to medical school. Our occupational therapy program, offered in the Jefferson College of Health Professions, is ranked among the top ten in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The Jefferson College of Nursing is ranked among the top 100 Best Graduate Nursing Schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, with graduates regularly scoring among the highest in Pennsylvania on national licensure and certification examinations. This past year, 98% of our College of Pharmacy graduates who took the licensure exam passed the demanding test on their first attempt—exceeding the national average. The Jefferson College of Population Health is the first such designated college in the country.

Jefferson Health is the clinical arm of our organization. It includes Abington Hospital (Magnet®-designated), Abington-Lansdale Hospital (Pathway to Excellence® designation), Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, Methodist Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, which was founded in 1825.  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is Magnet®-designated and is one of only 14 hospitals in the country that is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center.  Jefferson’s Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley, in affiliation with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, is designated as one of the nation's Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Our Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University is an NCI-designated clinical cancer center recognized for excellence in cancer care and research. Jefferson Health also includes 10 outpatient and 4 urgent care centers as well as numerous physician practices. Our services are located in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Camden County in New Jersey. Outpatient and community-based services are delivered through an extensive network of owned and affiliated physician practices, satellite medical and surgical centers, outpatient laboratories and radiology centers and retail pharmacies.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital continues its record of excellence in health care with recognition from U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of top hospitals and specialties. In 2013-14 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital was ranked among the nation’s top 20 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In 2015-16 U.S. News & World Report ranked us among the nation’s best hospitals for Cancer treatment; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Ophthalmology (staffed by Wills Eye Hospital), Orthopedics (staffed by Rothman Institute and The Philadelphia Hand Center); and Urology. Both Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Abington Hospital have been recognized as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has 951 licensed acute care beds and provides the full range of clinical care, both in inpatient and ambulatory settings and in all specialties and subspecialties. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has received Joint Commission Certification in Joint Replacement — hip, knee and spine surgery – and Advanced Certification in:

  • Stroke (Primary Stroke Center)
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
  • Palliative Care

 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been designated as an Aetna Institute of Excellence® Transplant Facility for adult bone marrow, liver and kidney transplants, and an Aetna Institutes of Quality® facility for spine surgery. We are also one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center designation from Independence Blue Cross for cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program.

 We are also a, Independence Blue Cross Blue Distinction Center for:

  • Knee and hip replacement
  • Complex and rare cancers
  • Spine surgery
  • Transplants

 Jefferson’s inpatient rehabilitation program and stroke specialty program of the Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International.

 Our Department of Family and Community Medicine is certified as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) has certified us as an Accredited Center.