Greater Philadelphia’s health-care future is as impressive as its past. The region that built the nation’s first public hospital now offers cutting-edge medical centers and life-science collaborations.
Home to 197 hospitals, more than 15 major health systems, four children’s hospitals and six medical schools, the region is in the heart of one of the largest life-sciences clusters in the world. The region leverages a gamut of health-care-related research assets with the presence of major teaching hospitals, and it is a national leader as a location for clinical trials.
“The Greater Philadelphia region is really is a hotbed for health care,” says Richard Miller, president of
the four-hospital Virtua system, headquartered in Marlton, N.J “We’re able to take what I consider to be the best and brightest in the field to collaborate for patient care.”
In addition to its southern New Jersey hospitals and outpatient facilities, Virtua also operates state-of-the-art health and wellness centers in Voorhees, Washington Township and Moorestown.
Also in southern New Jersey, Lourdes Health System operates medical centers in Camden and Willingboro. Lourdes recently entered into a joint venture with Centennial Surgery Center, a nationally ranked, physician-owned outpatient facility in Voorhees.
“The Greater Philadelphia region has always been a breeding ground for philanthropy through collaborations, partnerships and business startups,” says Alexander Hatala, president and CEO of LHS. “We have a vibrant community because we’ve been able to foster a sense of regional collaboration that puts growth and success first.”
In Camden, N.J., Cooper University Health Care is the clinical campus of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and includes more than 700 physicians in 75 specialty areas. It also operates Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper’s, which provides pediatric services for infants, children and adolescents.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art cancer hospital that opened in Philadelphia in 2005. Since that time, CTCA has offered integrated, patient-centered care to more than 5,000 patients.
Holy Redeemer Health System offers a wide range of health-care and health-related services including an acute-care hospital, home care and hospice services and two skilled nursing facilities.
The University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Coriell Institute for Medical Research and The Wistar Institute are just a few of the names sharing research and practices, and many hospitals receive national recognition.
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania received 13 national specialty rankings, while Thomas Jefferson University Hospital received 11 national specialty rankings on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. In addition, Truven Health Analytics ranked Penn Presbyterian Medical Center one of the nation’s top major teaching hospitals.
Major Teaching Hospitals
Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., Christiana Care Health System is one of the country’s largest health-care providers, ranking 17th in the nation for hospital admissions. A major teaching hospital with two campuses, Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women’s health services.
Also in Delaware, the internationally known Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington is part of the Nemours health system, which also operates a children’s hospital in Florida and pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Health Care Drives Economy
Health care is an economic force in the region. Fourteen of the region’s top 50 employers are health-care and hospital systems, each employing at least 5,000 people. More than 181,000 people in the Philadelphia and Trenton metropolitan areas were in health-care practitioner occupations in 2010, making up 6.4 percent of the workforce.
Greater Philadelphia and Boston are the only two metro areas among the 15 largest in the United States where the Education and Health Services sector accounts for the highest percentage of total employment.
Main Line Health is a top 10 regional employer. Its network of facilities includes four acute-care hospitals – Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital – along with Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. A part of the Jefferson Health System, Main Line Health was named among the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics in 2012. Combined, Jefferson Health and Main Line Health employ nearly 30,000 people.
“Our pledge is to consistently deliver to patients what we would want for ourselves and members of our own families,” says Jack Lynch, Main Line Health president and CEO. “Our mission is to provide a superior patient experience to every patient, every time, always ensuring the highest standards in safety, quality and efficiency.”