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Awards and 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.

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U.S. News Rates Jefferson Among the Best in 2013-14 Survey

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For the very first time, Jefferson has been named on U.S.News & World Report's prestigious Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Ranked for 2013-14 as the 17th Best Hospital in the country (from nearly 5,000 hospitals), Jefferson also stands out as among the best in 12 specialty areas.

Jefferson's top rankings are in Orthpedics, Pulmonology, Rehabilitation, Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose and Throat and Urology.

View a full list of Jefferson's U.S. News rankings.

Jefferson Physicians Rated Top Docs in 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine

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Philadelphia magazine's 2013 list of "Top Doctors" includes 75 Jefferson physicians with this high distinction.

In addition to the magazine's list of recommended doctors in a wide variety of specialties, the issue also includes a feature article called, "The Ultimate Guide to Obamacare," with quotes from Mary Lou Manning, Jefferson pediatric nurse and nursing professor, and David Nash, dean of Thomas Jefferson University's School of Population Health.

View a full list of Jefferson's Top Docs for 2013.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designation

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The 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.

MAGNET Redesignation

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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 Joint Commission Certifications and Advanced Certifications

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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

Aetna Institute of Excellence for Transplant Designation

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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.

Becker's Hospital Review Again Names Jefferson a "Great Hospital"

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Jefferson has been named again among the "100 Great Hospitals in America" in 2014 by Becker's Hospital Review. The list is a compilation of some of the "most prominent, forward-thinking and focused healthcare facilities in the nation."

According to Becker's, the hospitals included on the list are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as academic hubs or local mainstays.

To develop the list, Becker's editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated reputable hospital ranking sources, such as U.S.News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The Leapfrog Group and several other resources.

See the full list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.

Medical Cardiac Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

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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.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Jefferson's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps our staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

Following Get With The Guidelines–Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

Jefferson Named Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accredited Center

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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, FACS, as an Accredited Center designee. Dr. Tichansky is director of Jefferson's Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program and an associate professor at Jefferson 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).

Pulmonary Associates Receives Level 3 Recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice

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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 Receives National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Jefferson Medical Care – South Philadelphia Receives National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

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.

Family and Community Medicine Receives Exceptional Rating

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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, School of Population Health, Jefferson Family Medicine Associates is becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home model nationwide.

Internal Medicine Associates Receives Level 3 Recognition for PPC-PCMH

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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.

Kimmel Cancer Center Is a Melanoma Center of Excellence

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The 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.

CSI Names Jefferson A Cancer Centers of Excellence Network Facility

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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 Awarded Three-Year Accreditation in Radiation Oncology

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals have been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

This accreditation covers all of Jefferson's Radiation Oncology Departments, including the Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy as well as at Methodist Hospital, Riddle, Nazareth and Aria Hospitals.

The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR and ASTRO after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.

Jefferson Designated Aetna Institutes of Quality for Spine Surgery

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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.

Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Cardiac Care

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Independence Blue Cross has designated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for 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. In 2013, the national program added a new designation level, Blue Distinction Centers+, to recognize hospitals that deliver both quality and cost-efficient specialty care.

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 www.bcbs.com or contact your local Blue Plan.

Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement

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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 www.bcbs.com or contact your local Blue Plan.

Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers

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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
  • Rectal cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

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

Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery

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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 www.bcbs.com or contact your local Blue Plan.

Blue Distinction Center for Transplants

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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 Heart
  • 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 www.bcbs.com or contact your local Blue Plan.

Chest Pain Center Designation

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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

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Re-Accreditations

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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 2016.

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.

Kimmel Cancer Center Receives Fertile Hope Center of Excellence Designation

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The 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 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.

To learn more about Fertile Hope and its programs, visit www.fertilehope.org.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Certification

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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.

Learn more at www.unos.org.

Breast Care Center Receives NAPBC Accreditation

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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).

Jefferson Designated a Neonatal Centers of Excellence Network

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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.

Model Spinal Cord Injury Center Designation

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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.

Transplantation Program Is a Center for Medicare and Medicaid

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

Jefferson Honored with Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award

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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.