The Top Ten Moments of 2016

10th Street Bridge2016 was another big year for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health! Here are our top moments, in no particular order.

Jefferson and Aria Health officially came together, further driving transformation of the region’s health care.

Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University entered into a Combination Agreement. When the integration is finalized, it will create Philadelphia’s fifth-largest university with enrollment of nearly 7,500 students (about equal numbers of undergraduate and graduate students with roughly half of total enrollment coming from each institution); campuses in East Falls and Center City, Philadelphia, as well as in Atlantic, Bucks and Montgomery Counties, providing students with urban and suburban experiences; and with a combined alumni base of 78,000.

Keeping with our trend of partnerships, Kennedy Health and Jefferson signed a Definitive Agreement. “The integration of Kennedy into Jefferson strengthens our distinct approach to reimagining patient care throughout Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, ensuring that high-quality health care is available right in the community,” said Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.

The Institute for Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University creates a first of its kind Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research, received a gift that will help put Philadelphia at the forefront of cannabis and hemp research.

Occupational therapist researchers at the Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University developed a first-of-its-kind tool for Occupational Therapists to use to gain understanding of a caregiver’s perceptions of a person with dementia’s abilities, and published their findings in OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. (Guess this is one of the reasons the program is ranked #6 in the nation by US News & World Report. Since we’re talking about it – several other Thomas Jefferson University programs made the list, too. Oh, and Jefferson Health continued its record of excellence in the region and the nation).

Jefferson received the first Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification in the nation.

The Jefferson College of Population Health announced the inaugural Hearst Health Prize, a $100,000 award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health.

The Jefferson Transplant Institute received a generous gift from the Robert V. Nicoletti Family Trust to establish a new kidney transplant center with a special focus on living donor transplantation. The Nicoletti Kidney Transplant Center at Jefferson will bring together research, education and clinical care in one space. We were also selected for a national pilot program aimed at maximizing kidney transplantation (we are the one of only 19 transplant hospitals chosen).

Dr. Edith Mitchell was appointed one of 28 cancer experts that will provide input on Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

The Jefferson College of Nursing celebrated 125 years of nursing education excellence.

It was hard to pick just 10, so here is all our 2016 news (including The Beacon and the opening of The Vault Health Design Lab).

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