Jefferson University Hospitals

Awards & Honors

Jefferson University Hospitals is consistently recognized both nationally and locally by various organizations and institutions in just about every aspect of patient care, patient safety and the quality of the healthcare experience.

US News Honor Roll Badge Thomas Jefferson University Hospital makes U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll and ranks as the 16th Best Hospital in the country.

Jefferson continues its record of excellence in healthcare with recognition from U.S. News &World Report’s annual listing of top hospitals and specialties. Jefferson ranks in the top 10 facilities in the Philadelphia metro area (2nd) and Pennsylvania (3rd).

U.S. News & World Report, which compiles and publishes the defining surveys in health care, placed seven Jefferson specialty programs among the best: Orthopedics (4th); Otolaryngology/ear, nose and throat (8th)Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (17th); Urology (27th); Neurology and Neurosurgery (21st); Cancer (20th); Diabetes and Endocrinology (26th); Geriatrics (38th); Ophthalmology (2nd); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (41st); Nephrology (48th).

Becker Great Hospitals BadgeThomas Jefferson University Hospital has again been named among the "100 Great Hospitals in America" in 2017 by Becker's Hospital Review.

Hospitals that have earned this award are renowned for their excellence, as well as being leaders in:

  • Innovation
  • Quality patient care
  • Clinical research
  • Recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) has certified Jefferson University Hospitals as an Accredited Center. In addition, the MBSAQIP has named David Tichansky, MD, MBA, FACS, as an Accredited Center designee. Dr. Tichansky is director of Jefferson's Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program and a professor at Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Jefferson's Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program consists of a team of experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals offering the safest, most successful bariatric surgery experience possible. Our surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. We collaborate with our nurse practitioners, dieticians, psychiatrists and medical consultant physicians — taking time to get to know our patients to help ensure they receive the highest-quality care.

The Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program welcomes questions and is dedicated to helping patients understand the benefits and weigh the risks of weight loss surgery.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have united their two accreditation programs, the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) and the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence (BSCOE), respectively. As of April 1, 2012, all institutions having met the standards under the separate programs were extended accreditation in the new Joint Program, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

HAP Achievement AwardThomas Jefferson University Hospitals earned an achievement award from The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for Enhancing Enteral Nutrition Provision to the Critically Ill Patient through an Interdisciplinary Approach.

HAP honored Jefferson's nutrition initiatives, which have been well-received and supported by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and hospital administration staff.

Data show that enteral nutrition provisions have increased by 63 percent in the past five years, from 49 percent in 2012 to 80 percent in 2017.

AACN Beacon Award for ExcellenceThe Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at Methodist Hospital has earned a Silver Level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Units that achieve this award meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

This three-year designation recognizes exceptional care with improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction for patients and their families. The ACE Unit at Methodist Hospital earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria: 

  • Leadership structures and systems
  • Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  • Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
  • Evidence-based practice and processes
  • Outcome measurement

AMSN PRISM Award 2017-2020The B5 Medical-Surgical Unit has earned the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) PRISM Award from the AMSN and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board.

The award is given to units that exhibit qualities that define excellence in medical-surgical nursing, and is a symbol of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's dedication to outcomes and patient care. 

This three-year designation recognizes B5 Medical-Surgical Unit's accomplishments.

Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence badge

Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are hospitals rated in the top 5% in the nation with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across at least 21 of 32 common conditions and procedures.

What differentiates these hospitals from the rest is while many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes for some conditions and procedures, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive and consistent quality across a range of conditions and procedures.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals - Center City in Philadelphia, PA, was named a part of that top 5% in the country based on clinical outcomes.

Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs of 2017 badgeJefferson physicians are named among the region's best in Philadelphia magazine’s 2017 "Top Doctors" issue.

Physicians from Jefferson, Abington and Aria have been named among the region's best by Castle Connolly and are featured in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs™ 2017 issue.

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The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center is proud of its status as a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center.

The NCI-designated cancer centers were established to be national leaders in cancer treatment, research, and education. To gain a designation, the highest ranking given by the NCI, a center must meet specific criteria:

  • A strong core of basic laboratory research in several fields, such as biology, chemistry, immunology and molecular genetics
  • A mechanism for transferring research findings into clinical practice
  • A record of innovative clinical research studies in the community served by the center
  • A program of high-priority clinical trials for therapies with unusual promise
  • A program of cancer prevention and control research
  • A program of research training and continuing education for health care professionals
  • A wide range of cancer information services for patients, health professionals and the surrounding community
  • A commitment to community services and outreach activities related to cancer prevention and control

Finally, the NCI Cancer Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by the president of the United States to oversee the NCI's programs and policies, must recommend approval for a center to receive the comprehensive designation. The center must repeat an external review of the steps above every three to five years.

APEx LogoJefferson Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program is American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certified. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

The AACVRP is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. Central to the AACVPR core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their family. 

APEx LogoThomas Jefferson University's Department of Radiation Oncology and Aria-Jefferson Health achieved four-year accreditation for radiation oncology services from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx), effective October 1, 2016. 

This accreditation program is based on a comprehensive 16 evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice, based on five pillars of patient care: 

  • The process of care
  • The radiation oncology team
  • Safety
  • Quality management
  • Patient-centered care

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center City Campus, ranked as one of America's best hospitals, has been granted MAGNET® redesignation for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The ANCC also noted that the Hospital received exemplary status in two areas: professional development — supporting nurses from the novice stage of their careers through expert, and patient satisfaction, where Jefferson outperformed all other MAGNET-designated hospitals in patient satisfaction indicators. ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

Highly regarded as the "gold standard" of nursing excellence, MAGNET designation assures consumers and patients that they can expect to receive a superior level of care. Jefferson was first awarded MAGNET status by the ANCC in 2009. Fewer than 7 percent of hospitals in the country have earned this designation.

The award recognizes cancer programs that demonstrate excellence by earning commendation for all applicable standards and providing quality care to patients with cancer. Jefferson is the recipient of this prestigious recognition from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons. Jefferson received the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA), one of just 75 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US to receive the honor.

Jefferson received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2014, and ranks among the approximately 15 percent of cancer programs surveyed during this period that are recipients. Awardees include community-based facilities, academic hospitals, integrated networks, and a Veterans Affairs facility.



Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. is also recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission. We received this recognition for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, as part of The Joint Commission's 2014 annual report, "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety."

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

Learn more in our press release.

Jefferson received the following certifications from The Joint Commission:

  • Certification in Joint Replacement — Hip
  • Certification in Joint Replacement — Knee
  • Certification in Joint Replacement —Spine Surgery
  • Advanced Certification in Stroke (Primary Stroke Center)
  • Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
  • Advanced Certification in Palliative Care
  • Advanced Certification in Total Hip & Knee Replacement

Jefferson was also named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in:

  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care
  • Immunization
  • Perinatal Care

Our Department of Human Resources won the 2014 HR Department of the Year Award, presented by the Delaware Valley HR Executive Alliance group.

Scott Rosen, President, Rosen Group, founded the HR Department of Year Awards 17 years ago to recognize HR departments who have demonstrated service excellence to their organizations by implementing leading HR practices. Every year, the Delaware Valley HR Executive Alliance receives in-depth applications for the awards in various HR categories such as Wellness, Learning and Development and Benefits, and also for HR Department of the Year Award, which is presented to four HR departments in different department-size categories.

From the committee's review, organizations are selected for an on-site interview with the HR leadership team and the organization's CEO.

Learn more about our HR department's achievements.

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has received a 3-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This nationally-recognized program evaluates patient care and patient education to ensure the highest quality of cancer care is provided.

Jefferson's "Do No Harm: Ensuring Medication Safety" initiative is a third place winner in the 2014 Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Presented by The Health Care Improvement Foundation, we received the award for our work to reduce serious (level 5) adverse drug events each year for the past five years. The Hospital achieved these results by building a culture of safety, standardizing protocols and focusing on improving safety measures for high-risk medications, such as chemotherapy, anticoagulants, insulin and opiates.

Our project was selected from hospitals and health systems across the Philadelphia region. It received high scores on the award's evaluation criteria, including evidence of significant and sustained improvement in quality or patient safety; innovation; leadership and organizational commitment to improvement; a multidisciplinary approach; and the potential for replication in other healthcare organizations.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation recognized Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014.

HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. HRC conducts the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.

Learn more in our press release.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is one of 125 hospitals and health systems to be recognized for a great orthopedic program by Becker's Hospital Review.

Many of the organizations that made the list for 2014 have earned recognition for orthopedic excellence from U.S.News & World Report, Healthgrades, CareChex and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Becker's weighted those rankings and recognition and conducted research to compile this list.

View the complete list of great orthopedic programs.

Optum™ has named Jefferson University Hospitals a Transplant Centers of Excellence (COE) Network facility for Blood and Marrow Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Kidney/Liver Transplant and Adult Deceased Donor Liver Transplant.

Only those programs that meet strict Optum clinical criteria, as determined through the initial and annual evaluation process, are considered for inclusion in one of its Center of Excellence network.

The Centers of Excellence network is comprised of medical programs that have met or exceeded exacting clinical and program criteria in areas of complex medical care.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Excellence™ Transplant Facility for adult bone marrow, liver and kidney transplants.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of healthcare services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their healthcare needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions.

Jefferson is selected for our unique expertise in consistently delivering evidence-based, quality transplant care.

The Medical Cardiac Care Unit (now part of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit) is the first critical care unit at Jefferson to earn a Silver Level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

This recognition, a three-year designation, signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction for patients and their families.

For critical care nurses, a Beacon Award can mean a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.

The AACN created the award to recognize hospital units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Jefferson also received the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke and receive the drug within 3 hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Jefferson's staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.

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Jefferson Pulmonary Associates has achieved the highest recognition (Level 3) as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) from the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality.

Earning NCQA recognition shows that Jefferson Pulmonary Associates has undergone a rigorous review of its capabilities and is recognized for its responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues, cooperation and integration with other healthcare groups and dedication to continuous improvement.

Jefferson Medical Care – South Philadelphia, a primary care practice, has received accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, showing its commitment to evidence-based, patient-centered care that focuses on coordinated and long-term collaborative patient-physician partnerships.

The medical home model of care delivery has been shown to improve the quality and efficiency of primary care, replacing episodic care with a coordinated approach. It places the physician at the helm of the medical team, coordinating the patients' care at all levels. The much-sought-after NCQA seal of quality is given to primary care practices that demonstrate the greatest success at providing personalized, coordinated, efficient and effective care.

Learn more by reading the press release.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine recently received word that its practice, Jefferson Family Medicine Associates, has achieved the highest recognition (Level 3) for Physician Practice Connections – Patient Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) from the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The NCQA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare nationwide.

This NCQA recognition is widely accepted as an indicator that an organization is well-managed and delivers high quality patient care and service. Less than 50 practices nationwide have received this NCQA designation, with roughly only half of those achieving a rating equivalent to Jefferson's.

"This is a very significant accomplishment for our group that has required a lot of effort and dedication from staff," says Richard Wender, MD, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. "We believe that Jefferson is one of the first practices to receive a Level 3 rating that has a residency and student program embedded within it. We’re also the largest single site practice in the nation to achieve this status for its Patient-Centered Medical Home model."

A Patient-Centered Medical Home model is designed to improve quality and lower medical costs by providing patients with a comprehensive, coordinated approach to primary care. For a practice to receive NCQA recognition it must facilitate care through registries, information technology, health information exchanges and other means to assure that patients receive care when and where they need it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

As part of Family Medicine's ongoing mission to provide patient-centered primary care, the practice also participates in the Southeast Pennsylvania Chronic Disease Learning Collaborative, a program that adopts the Patient Centered Medical Home model as part of a wider initiative to improve healthcare for people with chronic diseases.

The Southeast Pennsylvania Chronic Disease Learning Collaborative was established by the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Management, Reimbursement and Cost Reduction Commission created by Governor Rendell in 2007. In 2005, about 60 percent of the adult U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population aged 18 and over had at least one chronic disease.

Jefferson is demonstrating that it is at the forefront of healthcare "transformation" by participating in programs like the Learning Collaborative and receiving an exceptional rating from the NCQA.

"What's significant here is that the Learning Collaborative recognizes the importance and value of receiving a Level 3 rating from the NCQA," notes Dr. Wender. "They use this rating to determine the level of financial assistance Jefferson will receive from the Collaborative to invest in practice improvements. With this funding we can achieve so much more for our patients."

With a huge commitment from Family and Community Medicine staff, its leaders George Valko, MD, and Tony Amoroso, and support from Mona Sarfaty, MD, Assistant Professor, College of Population Health, Jefferson Family Medicine Associates is becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home model nationwide.

Jefferson Internal Medicine Associates has achieved the highest recognition (Level 3) for Physician Practice Connections® – Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PPC-PCMH) from the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. The Recognition Programs were developed to help clinicians and practices support the delivery of high-quality care.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. It was developed to assess whether physician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is recognized by The Melanoma Hope Network (MHN) as a Melanoma Center of Excellence (MCE). MHN has designated MCEs across the United States to recognize melanoma treatment centers and doctors, both academic and community based, that offer exceptional care, knowledge and compassion to patients diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer and also the major cause of death in adult eye tumors.

MHN is a nonprofit organization established to bring hope, education and direct personal support to patients diagnosed with melanoma. MNH strives to support research, increase patient awareness of clinical trials, and assists primary physicians in finding the appropriate treatments for their patients in their particular stage of melanoma. MHN also acts as a central place for melanoma centers across the country to collaborate, share data and to update and educate their staffs.

The Clinical Sciences Institute (CSI) of OptumHealth™ has named Jefferson University Hospitals a Cancer Centers of Excellence (COE) Network facility for Cancer Resource Services for Adults.

CSI evaluates potential programs against a set of established clinical qualification criteria.

Jefferson is designated an Aetna Institutes of Quality® (IOQ) for Spine Surgery. Aetna IOQ Orthopedic Care facilities are healthcare facilities that are designated based on measures of clinical performance, access and efficiency for orthopedic care.

According to Aetna, facilities selected for the network have met the following criteria:

  • Significant experience in orthopedic care, including annual volumes at a minimum of 200 knee replacement procedures annually 100 hip replacement procedures, and 100 spine procedures.
  • Significant physician experience in orthopedic care, with at least one physician achieving minimum annual volumes of 50 knee replacement procedures, 50 hip replacement procedures, and 50 spine procedures.
  • Evidence-based and recognized standards for clinical outcomes, processes of care and patient safety.
  • Provide ongoing follow-up programs and support for their orthopedic patients.
  • Adhere to Aetna's standards for member access to the facility and Aetna participating providers.
  • Demonstrate efficiency in providing care based on overall cost of care, readmission rates and comprehensiveness of program.

Independence Blue Cross designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare.

To learn more about Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care, please visit or contact your local Blue Plan.

Independence Blue Cross has designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as Blue Distinction® Center+ in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program, part of  the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria (such as preventing hospital-acquired infections) and cardiac-specific quality measures (related to lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery; and non-surgical procedures, such as cardiac stent placement) and, additionally, must show better cost efficiency relative to their peers.

To learn more about Blue Distinction, please visit or contact your local Blue Plan.

Independence Blue Cross designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare.

To learn more about Blue Distinction, please visit or contact your local Blue Plan.

Independence Blue Cross has designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, cost-efficient maternity care.

This new Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community.

As a recipient of this designation, Jefferson agrees to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care, as well as having initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.” The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.

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Independence Blue Cross has designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers, focusing on complex inpatient and surgical care.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been recognized for demonstrating expertise in the following 10 cancers:

  • Acute leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Ocular melanoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

To learn more about Blue Distinction®, please visit or contact your local Blue Plan.

Independence Blue Cross designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare.

To learn more about Blue Distinction, please visit or contact your local Blue Plan.

Independence Blue Cross has designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Transplants®. We have been recognized for demonstrating expertise in the following transplants:

  • Adult Liver (deceased donor)
  • Adult Liver-Kidney

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital was evaluated based on an objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. The goal of Blue Distinction® is to identify medical facilities that deliver better overall quality and medical outcomes for a specific area of specialty care, helping patients and doctors to make more informed hospital choices.

By earning this national designation, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has demonstrated:

  • An established program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
  • Appropriate experience of its care team
  • Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Adherence to evidence-based clinical care measures and guidelines
  • A comprehensive quality management program

To learn more about Blue Distinction®, please visit or contact your local Blue Plan.

Jefferson received a renewal of its designation as a Chest Pain Center from The Society of Chest Pain Centers. To earn this designation, our Chest Pain Center demonstrated expertise in eight key areas:

  • Emergency Department integration with the Emergency Medical System
  • Emergency assessment of patients with symptoms of possible Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) (timely diagnosis and treatment of ACS)
  • Assessment of patients with low risk for ACS and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Process improvement
  • Personnel, competencies, and training
  • Organizational structure and commitment
  • Functional facility design
  • Community outreach

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International recently announced that the inpatient rehabilitation program and stroke specialty program of the Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have again been re-accredited for a period of three years. The accreditation extends through February 2019.

This decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Jefferson's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, this accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is one of only six cancer centers in the nation designated a Center of Excellence by Fertile Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose cancer treatment may pose risk to his or her fertility.

Earning the distinction of Center of Excellence means that the oncologists, nurses and social workers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center are ready and willing to take the time to assist patients of childbearing age to learn about the potential fertility risks from treatment, explore options to preserve fertility, and offer support and encouragement during the process.

If you are a patient of childbearing age special educational information and counseling will be provided to you if you wish to receive it.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is certified by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to provide the following transplantations: heart, liver (live and deceased donor), kidney (live and deceased donor) and pancreas.

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The Jefferson Breast Care Center was one of the first academic medical institutions to receive full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Since 2008, Jefferson University Hospitals has been designated a Neonatal Centers of Excellence (COE) Network by the Clinical Sciences Institute (CSI) of OptumHealth Care Solutions. Jefferson is only one of two recognized Neonatal COE networks in Philadelphia.

The CSI asks medical centers and programs with proven experience and statistically successful track records to be part of its COE networks.

Jefferson, in affiliation with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, is designated as one of the nation's 14 Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the only one in the Delaware Valley.

Jefferson's Transplantation Program is certified by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as a Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals President David P. McQuaid

Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals were honored for their initiatives in Israel with the prestigious 2013 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award from the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. The Award was recently accepted by Thomas Jefferson University President Richard C. Gozon and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals President David P. McQuaid, FACHE (pictured above).

The Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award is the Chamber's highest distinction for regional businesses and their leaders who exemplify the organization's goals of broadening business relationships between the United States and Israel. Jefferson's current and planned research collaborations with multiple Israeli partners, clinical trials of Israeli technologies and joint ventures in Israel reflect a vision and strategy that are consistent with U.S.-Israel business leadership and Israel's contributions in the areas of medicine and biotechnology.

One of the first American healthcare institutions to partner with Israel's Given Imaging in 2000 to conduct trials of the now-famous Pillcam, Jefferson went on to perform the cost analysis that ultimately qualified the technology for reimbursement, the clinical trials that tested the Pillcam's efficacy in detecting Crohn's disease and the beta testing of software and camera upgrades which continues today.

Jefferson also was an early adopter of medical simulation through a joint venture with Israel's MedSim, Inc. Amitai Ziv, MD, who was the first medical director of Jefferson's simulation center, went on to lead the Israel Medical Simulation Center at Sheba Medical Center.

In radiation oncology research and translational biology, Jefferson has relationships with five Israeli institutions and is part of a national collaborative that engages in hard tumor research trials all over the world, including Israel.

Past recipients of the Rabin Award include Winston J. Churchill, founder and managing partner of SCP Partners; Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia; Daniel Kutner, immediate past Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia; William R. McDermott, Chief Executive Officer of SAP; Constantine Papadakis, President of Drexel University; and Dr. Felix Zandman, Founder of Vishay Intertechnology.