Providing advanced medicine and superior care is at the core of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s commitment to its patients, its community and the nation. Since being established in 1825, this academic medical center has provided nationally recognized care intended to improve the health of all the communities it serves. Jefferson accomplishes its mission in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University and as a member of the Jefferson Health System. It is one of only a few hospitals in the United States that has a Level I Trauma Center and a federally designated regional spinal cord injury center, as well as a nationally designated clinical cancer center. Jefferson is resolved to set the standard for excellence in the delivery of patient care, patient safety and the quality of the healthcare experience, in providing exemplary clinical settings for educating healthcare professionals and in leading in the introduction of innovative methodologies for healthcare delivery and quality improvement.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is recognized as a national leader in its specialty. The hospital is a tertiary referral center for high-risk obstetrics. The labor and delivery unit is located in the Pavilion building, and does approximately 2,000 deliveries per year. The unit is equipped for critical care obstetrics, intensive maternal monitoring and ultrasound. The Department of Anesthesia provides 24-hour a day obstetrical anesthesia, and has an obstetrical anesthesia fellowship. The Maternal Observation Unit is located in the Pavilion building. This antenatal unit, with its trained nursing personnel, is designed to care for complicated antepartum patients and is managed by the maternal-fetal medicine division. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is located in the Pavilion Building. It is a Level III tertiary referral center, staffed by board-certified neonatologists. It provides a broad range of services, including ECMO, and serves as a training center for the pediatric residency.
The hospital is continually expanding and renovating its operating room space, and now boasts 31 operating rooms facilities equipped for the latest operative technology, including laser surgery, minimally invasive (MIS) suites, and 2 surgical robots. These facilities are utilized extensively by the department.
The residents' ambulatory care facility, known as Jefferson Obstetrics and Gynecologic Associates (JOGA) is located in a newly renovated space at 834 Chestnut Street. The facility provides comprehensive outpatient services, with both general and subspecialty sessions. Approximately 20,000 patients per year are seen here. In addition, the full time faculty have private practices (Women’s' Medical Specialties and the subspecialty practices) located in several offices in the vicinity of the university in Center City as well as in the surrounding suburbs.
The University Clinical Skills and Simulation Center is located in the Dorrance Hamilton Building one block from the hospital. The Center is a state of the art facility with simulated operating rooms, ICU's, patient office rooms and a laparoscopic surgery training room. All of the facilities are available to the OB/Gyn Department, including a top of the line Noelle delivery simulator and virtual reality surgical simulators. The Residency Program Director, Dr. Carmen Sultana, is the Director of Surgical Simulation at the center.
The Scott Memorial Library, located in the Scott Building, is a fully equipped university medical library. It features 2,300 journals and 126,000 volumes. It is staffed by 17 full-time trained medical librarians, and features the latest available informational technologies, including medical information computer technologies. It is accessible on line and off campus.
The Department maintains close educational affiliations with Virtua Voorhees Hospital in NJ. This hospital provides an excellent community hospital experience for house-staff to compliment the university experience at Thomas Jefferson. Residents in the first three years rotate to this affiliate. Third year residents have the primary responsibility for the overall supervision of the Gynecology Service during their rotation at Virtua Voorhees Hospital, whereas the first and second year residents have primary responsibilities in Obstetrics. Our residents enjoy the experience and camaraderie, and many enter practice at this site.