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Community Outreach at Jefferson Methodist Hospital

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Methodist in the Community

Jefferson Methodist Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of the South Philadelphia community since 1892. Today, the Hospital remains dedicated to improving the health of area residents through education and outreach with a primary focus on chronic disease prevention and management.

Experts from the Hospital lead community programs on managing diabetes effectively, including nutrition classes with meal planning tips; bereavement support groups; health fairs that include free screenings related to women's and men's health, heart and vascular disease, cancer and diabetes. In addition, the Hospital provides free flu immunizations – all designed to enhance the well-being of local residents and the surrounding community.

Methodist also partners with various organizations including The Caring People Alliance, South Broad Street Neighborhood Civic Association, the Fels Community Center, Penn Asian Senior Services, Unity Health Clinic, the Philadelphia Senior Center, Tindley Temple, Linda Creed Foundation and area schools.

High School Internship Program - Explore Careers in Health Care

Through partnerships with area high schools, Jefferson Methodist Hospital offers South Philadelphia teens the unique opportunity to explore careers in health care while obtaining hands-on experience in clinical and administrative settings. These volunteers assist nursing units and 25 other departments throughout the Hospital, performing valuable services including:

  • Greeting patients and visitors
  • Delivering patient trays, labs and reports
  • Visiting with patients
  • Helping to discharge patients

In many instances, participants in our Internship Program obtain community service credit hours.

Parish Nursing Program In Partnership with Tindley Temple United Methodist Church 

in partnership with South Philadelphia's Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, Methodist Hospital brings accessible health care and education to the church's congregation through our Parish Nursing Program.

Jefferson Methodist Hospital dedicates one of our registered nurses (RNs) for 20 hours per week to serve as an on-site resource to the congregation. The RN provides health education, consultations, screenings and immunizations, health fairs and, when necessary, referrals to physicians and specialists.

Southeast Asian Outreach Program

As part of our dedication to the South Philadelphia community, Jefferson Methodist Hospital maintains the Southeast Asian Outreach Program to address the unique needs of the community's non-English-speaking Southeast Asian residents.

This Program seeks to bridge understanding between our Southeast Asian neighbors and the Hospital's caregivers and staff by providing these patients with an intercultural mediator who can:

  • Make appointments and ask health-related questions on behalf of the patient
  • Accompany the patient to appointments and translate information
  • Fill out forms, such as those needed for insurance reimbursement
  • Visit the pharmacy with the patient to help them obtain prescription medications
  • Explain how to properly take prescription medications and discuss possible drug interactions with the pharmacist and the patient
  • Explain test results and healthcare options to the patient

Our intercultural mediators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 215-952-1400 (or extension 1400 from inside the Hospital).