Jefferson University Hospitals

Recognition for Quality & Safety

Many national organizations recognize Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals for our standards of quality, excellence and safety.

U.S. News & World Report

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals is consistently rated among the best healthcare providers in the nation, with top national and regional rankings in Cancer, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery,   Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology .

Jefferson ranks in the top 10 facilities in the Philadelphia metro area (2nd) and Pennsylvania (3rd)

Centers for Medicare & MedicaidTJUH

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it ranked Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals as a four (out of five)- star hospital for the quality of its care. The four stars indicate Jefferson’s high performance in improving safety of care (reducing hospital-acquired infection) and the patient experience, as well as reducing mortality rates. A reduction in readmission rates was also noted among overall performance improvement.

In 2016, CMS began to report hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare. To determine the ratings, CMS combines performance on more than 50 measures into a single rating of one to five stars.

MAGNET® Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Magnet RecognizedThomas Jefferson University Hospitals Center City campus has been granted MAGNET® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Less than 7 percent of all hospitals in the United States have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition® status.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Magnet hospitals enjoy higher percentages of improved patient care outcomes and improved patient satisfaction as well as attracting top notch nurses, physicians and healthcare professionals.

National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center

NCI-CCThe Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is a national leader in cancer treatment, research and education and a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center.

It is among the top 20 centers in the country in grant funding from NCI. Read more about The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the NCI.

Joint Commission Accreditation

Joint CommissionThomas Jefferson University Hospitals are fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Across the United States, the Joint Commission evaluates and accredits healthcare organizations. Accreditation from this independent, nonprofit organization is a recognized symbol of quality, demonstrating an organization's achievement of performance standards. Accreditation requires successful completion of an on-site survey at least every three years. The Joint Commission has recognized Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals as improving in quality and safety in the areas of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, spine surgery, surgical care, immunizations and perinatal care.

They have also recognized Jefferson with specific quality awards, including The Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Advanced Certifications such as a Primary Stroke Center and in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). For more information, visit the Joint Commission's website.

A Winner in the 2014 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Awards

The Health Care Improvement FoundationJefferson'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.

American College of Surgeons – National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

American College of SurgeonsThomas Jefferson University Hospital is a participating site for the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). The ACS NSQIP is the first nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care.

The program employs a prospective, peer-controlled, validated database to quantify 30-day risk-adjusted surgical outcomes, which allows valid comparison of outcomes among all hospitals in the program. Participating hospitals and their surgical staff are provided with the tools, reports, analysis and support necessary to make informed decisions about improving quality of care. Visit the American College of Surgeons website.

Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center & Spinal Cord Injury Center

Level 1 Trauma CenterThomas Jefferson University Hospitals' Emergency Department is an officially designated Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center. It is one of only 18 hospitals in the United States that is both an official Trauma Center and a federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center. Read more about the Trauma Center.

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. The only such facility in the Delaware Valley, the Center has treated more than 3,000 persons with spinal cord injuries and significantly reduced the severe secondary complications of traumatic spinal cord injury. Read more about the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley.


Heathgrades is a longstanding leader in making information on physicians and hospitals more accessible and transparent. They provides consumers with information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety and health conditions. 

In 2019, Healthgrades has named Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience and Jefferson Methodist Hospital as three of the best hospitals in Pennsylvania, and among the nation's top 50.  A longstanding Jefferson Health partner – Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania – also ranks among the top 50 hospitals nationwide. In addition, Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Jefferson Bucks Hospital and Jefferson Frankford Hospital were named to the Healthgrades Top 250 Hospitals list.

Blue Distinction Award

Blue DistinctionThomas Jefferson University Hospitals earned Blue Distinction and Blue Distinction+ Awards from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for demonstrating expertise in delivering quality health care in the following specialties:  

  • Bariatric Surgery - Blue Distinction+
  • Maternity Care - Blue Distinction
  • Transplant - Blue Distinction+  (Adult Bone Marrow/Stem Cell, Adult Liver-Deceased Donor, and Adult Pancreas)

This award designation serves as a guide in selecting quality specialty care. To learn more, visit The Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program website.

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*Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.