Merger of Jefferson Health and Einstein Healthcare Network Creates System of 18 Hospitals – Timesherald

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PHILADELPHIA – Jefferson Health and Einstein Healthcare Network today announced the completion of the merger of the two healthcare systems that will advance healthcare in the greater Philadelphia area. By bringing together two prestigious academic medical centers, the expansion of Jefferson Health creates an integrated health system of 18 hospitals focused on improving access to high-quality patient care in our communities and providing a exceptional training in health sciences for the health professionals of tomorrow.

“The culmination of the multi-year process of bringing together two great organizations with over 300 combined years of service, clinical excellence and academic expertise is not just a merger,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. “Einstein and the new Jefferson together represent an opportunity for the Philadelphia area to creatively build a reinvention of healthcare, education, discovery, equity and innovation that will have national repercussions. and international. “

With the addition of Einstein, Jefferson Health will welcome the largest number of residents and fellows in the Greater Philadelphia area. Jefferson and Einstein will play a critical role in training future leaders in healthcare and building a pipeline of clinical expertise to serve the community.

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Abington Hospital is part of the Jefferson Health Network (File photo

Other notable advantages of bringing Einstein and Jefferson together are:

• Seven specialties ranked nationally by US News & World Report, including cancer; Diabetes and endocrinology; Gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; Ophthalmology (Willis Eye Hospital); Orthopedics (Rothman Orthopedic Institute at Jefferson Health and Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center at Jefferson Health); Pulmonology; and rehabilitation (MossRehab).

• Two level one and one level two trauma centers.

• Access to the region’s largest midwifery and transplant programs, resulting in improved care options for mothers, babies, transplant patients and their families.

• Ten hospitals that have achieved Magnet status – a highly competitive, national designation that recognizes excellence in nursing.

The merger also brings together MossRehab and Magee Rehab, combining their respective strengths with nationally recognized head injury and spinal cord injury programs.

Together, Einstein and Jefferson will focus on strengthening the health care and well-being of patients where they live and work. This renewed focus will help care for the community in improved and innovative ways, as well as eliminate health disparities.

“Completing this merger is an important step towards securing and improving the future of healthcare for the communities we serve,” said Ken Levitan, President and CEO of Einstein. “Since we initially announced our intention to merge in 2018, the current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic further underscores the need for strong local health care in our region. We are grateful to our remarkable teams of staff, caregivers and community supporters who made this partnership possible. “

Levitan will remain President and CEO of Einstein while adding the role of Executive Vice President at Jefferson Health. In this new role, he will help guide Einstein’s transition and integration efforts while exploring new strategic initiatives for Jefferson.

Next, Einstein and Jefferson will begin a thoughtful integration process, aligning and building on the strengths of both organizations. Throughout this process, patients’ access to care for Einstein and Jefferson will remain uninterrupted.

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