HOLD THAT DATE!
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President to Deliver Brucker Lecture
Mark your calendars for an important event! Steven A. Schroeder, MD, president
of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will present the fourth annual Brucker
lecture on Friday, April 19, at 9 a.m. in 101 Bluemle. The lecture honors
Jefferson's president, Paul C. Brucker, MD.
Dr. Schroeder will address "The Triumph of the Market: What Does It
Mean for Medicine?"
Proposed State Budget Cuts Funding to Education
The Governor of Pennsylvania's proposed budget for fiscal year 1996-97 reduces
Jefferson's state funding in support of education programs by one-half (a
reduction of $4,992,000), and plans to eliminate this funding entirely in
budget year 1997-98. Loss of this funding will have a serious effect on
our academic mission and ability to serve the community.
Please immediately contact your State Senator and State Representa-tive
by telephone or letter and ask their support for full restoration of our
funding in next year's budget. An information packet designed to help you
with this was distributed with the February 22 paychecks.
In the past, with your help, Jefferson has successfully persuaded our legislators
to reject a similar plan and to restore our funding.
IVF Program Seeks Egg Donors
The hospital's In Vitro Fertilization Program seeks women under 34 years
of age to donate eggs to infertile couples.
Donors will undergo screening involving medical and psychological testing.
Eligible donors, who must have medical insurance, will be compensated.
If you would like to participate in this worthwhile program, please call
Carol Goldman, LSW, at 5147.
Distinguished Microbiologist Delivers Potter
Kenneth I. Berns, MD, PhD, A. Rees Pritchett Professor and Chairman of the
department of microbiology at Cornell University Medical College, will deliver
the 1996 Potter Lecture.
Dr. Berns will speak on "Adeno-associated Virus and Human Gene Therapy"
on Thursday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in Solis-Cohen Auditorium, Jefferson Alumni
Hall, according to the chairman of the William Potter Lecture Committee,
Jonathan E. Gottlieb, MD, associate professor of medicine/division of pulmonary
medicine and critical care and associate dean for academic programs, Jefferson
The Potter Lecture memorializes William Potter, who was elected to Jefferson's
Board in 1894, became president in 1897 and served in that capacity until
his death in 1926.
The lecture is presented in conjunction with Student Research Day, the annual
scientific poster competition sponsored by the Jefferson chapter of Sigma
Xi, the national research society, and the College of Graduate Studies (CGS)
for JMC and CGS students, as well as area undergraduates.
Ronald A. Coss, PhD, president, Thomas Jefferson University's Chapter of
Sigma Xi; Eric B. Kmeic, PhD, chairman of Student Research Day and associate
professor of pharmacology; Linda D. Siracusa, PhD, co-chair of Student Research
Day and assistant professor of microbiology and immunology and Scott A.
Waldman, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and pharmacology, are
the organizers of Student Research Day.
Assistance for the Delicate Art of Nursing
Despite the many benefits of breastfeeding and the emotional appeal of bonding
with their newborns, sometimes the most natural act between a mother and
her new baby doesn't happen easily. Without the right information or support,
breastfeeding can be a bewildering task instead of one of the greatest joys
of motherhood. Fortunately, at Jefferson, there is plenty of help for new
mothers with questions or concerns about breastfeeding-related topics. Certified
lactation consultants provide routine breastfeeding information to new mothers
while they are still in the hospital. And during the trying first weeks
and months at home, lactation consultants confer over the phone with mothers
who may be experiencing challenges with breastfeeding. You can reach a lactation
consultant at 6665. Calls are returned every 24 hours. This is also the
number to call if you'd like information about Jefferson's lacation lounge.
Master Motivator and Popular Author to Speak
You've loved his inspirational stories, now hear him in person. Jefferson's
Advantage: Employee Assistance Program is sponsoring a free seminar for
employees and their family members featuring Mark Victor Hansen, beloved
author of such heartwarming and bestselling books as "Chicken Soup
for the Soul" and "A Second Helping of Chicken Soup."
Hansen will speak on "Controlling Your Own Destiny" on Friday,
April 12 in DePalma Auditorium, Foerderer Pavilion Building. Presentation
times are 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.
In this popular program, Hansen will motivate you to achieve your personal
and professional best and reshape your vision of what is possible in your
life. His powerful message will help you gain the confidence and self-esteem
you need to reach your destiny. Through conquering your fears and accepting
challenges, you'll achieve a life rich with happiness and success. This
program will show you how to stop limiting your expectations, affirm your
self-worth, find your true purpose and tap your supply of energy and optimism
­p; unleashing the power that can take you to the top.
Jefferson Advantage: Employee Assistance Program will raffle off copies
of Hansen's books on three dates. Visit their booth, located on the 11th
Street side of Atrium, on March 26, April 2 and April 9 between 11:30 a.m
.and 1:30 p.m. Winners may want to bring their copy with them to the seminar
and have Hansen autograph it. Books will also be available for sale following
To reserve your seat, please call Kathy Flanagan at 2181.
Transitioning Health Professionals From Hospital
to Home and Community
Friday, March 22 is the date and Jefferson is the site for a one-day conference
on "Transitioning Health Professionals from Hospital to Home and Community:
Redesigning Clinical Roles."
The day-long (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) program is the first in an Interdisciplinary
Professional Development Series sponsored by the Office of Continuing Education
of Jefferson's College of Allied Health Sciences. The conference is designed
primarily for nurses, therapists, nutritionists, social workers and others
who believe that their future may include home and community settings.
Registration deadline is March 12 and the fee is $95. For detailed information
about the program and about continuing education units, call Jaclyn Gleber,
RDH, EdD at 8602.
Healthcare Trends and Redesign Contribute
to Staff Reductions
Decreasing length of stay, fewer admissions and the increasing trend toward
outpatient service have led to the closure of 45 medical/surgical beds located
in the Foerderer Pavilion. This resulted in the closure of the ninth floor
and part of the 13th floor of the Pavilion Building and the elimination
of 34 positions.
In response to similar healthcare trends, the department of nutrition and
dietetics has redesigned certain aspects of the department's operations
including computerization of the menu, the service of trays to patients,
and implementation of efficiencies in tray assembly and dish room and cafeteria
As a result, 24 positions have been eliminated through a combination of
attrition, voluntary termination of employment and layoffs. Although this
is not an easy process for anyone, we are doing everything possible to provide
support for these employees.
Admissions for seven months of this fiscal year (July ­p; January) were
2.5 percent below budget and 4.7 percent below last year. In addition, the
average length of stay for the hospital was only 6.27 days, which is also
below budget. Patient days are another critical indicator of the need to
save costs since approximately one half of the insurers now pay a daily
rate. The hospital's patient days were 8,245 below budget, reports Walter
E. Moore, assistant executive hospital director for fiscal operations.