Jefferson University Hospitals

Comprehensive Traumatic Injury Program

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“I knew I was in the best hands possible at Jefferson.”

A Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center

Trauma refers to direct physical injury to the body that is life threatening and requires highly specialized care fast. Motor vehicle accidents account for the majority of traumatic injuries in the United States. Other causes of traumatic injuries include pedestrian accidents, falls from height and athletic accidents. In these life-threatening types of situations, a trauma center is the best place to be.

Since 1987, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been an accredited Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center in Philadelphia and a referral center for multiple suburban communities and trauma centers in the region to treat a wide variety of trauma-related conditions. With one of the highest transfer volume rates in Pennsylvania, our Comprehensive Traumatic Injury Program provides immediate surgical services and care to critically injured patients.

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Your Transfer Options

If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic injury and are being taken to another hospital, you have options for seeking expert care. When you choose to transfer to Jefferson Health for your treatment, you will receive the full continuum of care.

If you would like to request a transfer to Jefferson Health, your referring physician needs to call 1-800-JEFF-121 (1-800-533-3121) to discuss the transfer.

Why Transfer to Jefferson Health for Your Care?

At Jefferson Health, we are equipped with a multidisciplinary program, a highly skilled staff and an advanced facility to care for any trauma-related issue.

A Strong Program

  • Greater than 60 percent transfer volume to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, with transfers from outside the Philadelphia region and the country
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is one of 14 hospitals in the nation to have a Level I Trauma Center and a federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, and the only one in the area
  • An experienced staff that includes critical care-boarded traumatologists available 24/7 as well as trauma-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants
  • Home to the largest orthopedic surgery program in the Delaware Valley, with highly specialized orthopedic trauma and fracture care for potentially limb-threatening or life-altering injuries
  • Hand trauma care from board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center at Jefferson (formerly The Philadelphia Hand Center)
  • The only dedicated hospital for neuroscience in the Philadelphia region, with immediate access to some of the most experienced and renowned neurosurgeons for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries
  • Access to one of only three emergency rooms in the country dedicated to emergency eye care through our partnership with Wills Eye Hospital
  • A Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation and Stroke Specialty Program

State-of-the-Art Facility at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

  • A trauma operating room in the ER
  • Three trauma resuscitation bays
  • Two integrated trauma-designated intensive care units
  • Two trauma-designated step-down units
  • Designated medical/surgical units

For Physicians: Transferring Patients

Call 1-800-JEFF-121 (1-800-533-3121) to expedite time-sensitive emergency transfers and nonemergent transfers for tertiary care services at Jefferson Health.

You will be connected to an attending physician, and JeffSTAT, our medical transportation service, will pick up the patient quickly. Our one-call system is fast, efficient, comprehensive and user centered. This number is for physician use only.

To guide you through the process, follow the Transfer Process Checklist >

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