Programs We Support
The Women's Board is proud to support programs that help patients and their families with an array of services, including screenings, medical equipment, education and financial assistance in the Philadelphia area and Jefferson community.
Breast Care Center
Patient Education Services is creating an internal video loop to include information about the physicians involved in breast cancer care, staff members and available patient services surrounding breast health and breast cancer. The Women's Board grant was used to purchase three flat screen monitors to display the information.
Cribs for Kids Program
The Women's Board grant supports Maternity Care Coalition’s Cribs for Kids program in providing cribs and safe sleep education to families in need in the Philadelphia region. The goal is to reduce deaths due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and improper sleep environment. In 2016, the Cribs for Kids program served 3,036 individuals. Ninety-eight percent of clients reported that their baby usually sleeps in a crib. Ninety-two percent of clients reported laying their baby down to sleep on their back, compared to 65% of parents in a matched Pennsylvania sample.
As a designated Fertile Hope Center of Excellence, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Oncofertility program is committed to ensuring that young cancer patients are fully apprised of the reproductive risks that may result from cancer therapy and assisting them in receiving fertility preservation services. The initial processing for these services and storage must be paid up front and can impose an insurmountable financial burden on patients. The Women's Board grant will help defray these initial costs for patients.
Geriatrics & Palliative Care
No One Dies Alone (NODA) is a national volunteer organization started in 2001 by a nurse in Oregon who wanted to ensure that patients would not be alone during their last days or hours of life. Jefferson is building a team of student volunteers to serve as compassionate companions for our patients. The Women's Board grant supports the acquisition of technology to help ensure patients receive care in a time efficient manner, the development of educational and training materials for volunteers, and the purchase of books and music to share with patients.
HIV Testing Program
The Jefferson Emergency Opt-Out HIV Testing program has provided rapid, point-of-care HIV testing to over 14,000 insured and uninsured patients since 2009. For Emergency Department patients who do not require blood work as part of their ED evaluation, point-of-care testing is their only opportunity to be tested. As of January 1, 2016, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health no longer supplies any point-of-care tests. The grant provides enough rapid point-of-care HIV tests for four months in the emergency department.
This is a student-run free clinic with over 800 medical student volunteers, overseen by attending physicians at JUP. JeffHOPE provides free acute medical care and social services to more than 2,500 under-served men, women and children annually. The Women's Board grant is used to purchase supplies to address the medical and social service needs of homeless residents at three shelter clinics devoted exclusively to women and children.
The Jefferson Knitters are a group of 10 volunteers who meet each Friday in the Atrium to make lap afghans, caps for cancer patients who have lost their hair and caps and booties for newborn babies. Afghans are given to patients for special occasions, such as birthdays, or just to cheer them up. Afghans are also sent to the Infusion Center for patients receiving chemotherapy treatments. The Women's Board grant provides the funds to purchase the yarn for the knitters to use.
JeffSTAT Transport Program
JeffSTAT provides advanced life support and critical care ambulances along with air medical helicopters. The Women's Board grant supports continuing education for advanced airway management of infant, child and adult patients through the purchase of Airsim airway models. Equipment purchased with grant funds includes the Airsim baby airway model, Airsim six-year-old child model and Airsim advance model.
The Office of Patient & Family Experience
This program helps ease the stress and embarrassment felt by patients who experience sudden hair loss due to radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer. The Women's Board grant provides funds to purchase wigs and assists the Office Patient and Family Experience in accomplishing their goal of supporting our patients’ physical needs, emotional well being and helping them recover a positive self-image.
TJUH Scholarship Fund
Women’s Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to students from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College who qualify for financial aid, with preference for female students who have demonstrated merit and a future interest in internal medicine, family medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics or Women’s Health.
Pastoral Care & Education
The Women’s Board was at the forefront of establishing TJUH as a nationally accredited Clinical Pastoral Education Center through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Care Education. Since 1995, the Women's Board has fully underwritten the salary of a Chaplain Resident for the spiritual and emotional support of patients, families and staff 24/7. This funding contributed to the career formation of 12 nationally accredited Board Certified Chaplains.
Wills Eye Emergency Department
Together, TJUH and Wills Eye Hospital operate the Wills Eye Emergency Department at Jefferson – the only eye emergency department dedicated to acute and emergent ocular care in our region and one of the few in the country. Access to a portable slit lamp will enable clinicians to quickly and accurately diagnose individual patients who cannot be examined with a standard, stationary slit lamp. The Women's Board grant provided funds to purchase two portable slit lamps to be used in the Wills Eye and TJUH Emergency Departments.