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The Acute Care Surgery Division has an extensive facility including the Emergency Department, Emergency Department Operating Rooms, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Neurological/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, and Helipad/Chopper services provided by JeffSTAT.

To arrange a transfer to Jefferson, call the Jefferson Transfer Center at 1-800-JEFF-121.


Emergency Department

Emergency Department

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days week by a team of Jefferson Emergency Medicine board-certified faculty.  They handle the emergency needs of nearly 80,000 patients annually in the state-of-the-science 20,000 square-foot facility, currently undergoing expansion. Together with the medical center's trauma surgeons, ED nurses, ED technicians and ancillary ED staff, the emergency physicians in the ED staff Jefferson's Level 1 Trauma Center, which consists of three trauma resuscitation bays, a trauma operating room within the ED and an adjacent 64-slice CT scanner.  Additional facilities include 23 acute emergency examination rooms, four bed fast track, 8-bed chest pain observation/telemetry admit area, triage areas, nursing stations, a radiology suite, a mini-lab, and a family room.


Emergency Department Operating Rooms

Emergency Department Operating Rooms

A unique element of Jefferson’s Trauma Center is the ED/OR, where critically ill trauma patients who may require immediate life-saving surgery can be brought for initial evaluation and resuscitation, followed by any indicated emergency surgical procedures without the delay and inherent risks of further transport to a distant operating room.


Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

SICU

Located on the fourth and seventh floors of the Gibbon Building, the unit consists of 25 total state-of-the-art critical care beds, staffed by surgical intensivists and nurses 24 hours a day. All patients are evaluated daily by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of the critical care surgeon, SICU residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacist, respiratory therapist and dietitian. Most patients admitted to the SICU are trauma, general or vascular surgical patients

Management includes:

  • airway support (intubation, bronchoscopy, tracheostomy)
  • mechanical ventilatory support
  • cardiovascular hemodynamic monitoring
  • continuous renal replacement therapy
  • nutritional support, and bedside surgical procedures

All of the critical care units at Jefferson have undergone a major bed expansion and renovation within the past two years.


Neurological/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

NICU

Located on the ninth floor of the Gibbon Building, the unit consists of 18 state-of-the-art critical care beds, staffed by neurocritical care physicians every day.  All patients are evaluated daily by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of the neuro-intensivist, neurology residents, nurses, pharmacist, respiratory therapist and dietitian.  All trauma patients are actively managed by the trauma surgeon as well.  The unit participates in the Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative, a funded project using evidence-based brain injury guidelines and advanced technology to improve the outcomes of patients with severe head-injuries.  As one of only 18 hospitals in the country that is both a Trauma Center and a  Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, critically ill spinal cord injury patients are also managed here, with the early involvement of physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists and speech pathologists.  Other types of patients managed in this ICU include those with stroke and those undergoing neurosurgical or other surgical subspecialist procedures. 

Management includes:

  • neuorological support (maintenance of cerebral perfusion pressure)
  • airway support (intubation, bronchoscopy, tracheostomy)
  • mechanical ventilatory support
  • cardiovascular hemodynamic monitoring
  • continuous renal replacement therapy
  • nutritional support
  • bedside surgical procedures

All of the critical care units at Jefferson are slated to undergo a major bed expansion and renovation within the next two years.


Trauma Program at Paoli

Trauma Program at Paoli

In January of 2010 the Acute Care Surgery Division embarked on a new venture with Thomas Jefferson University and Paoli Hospital to provide trauma services to the western suburban areas of Philadelphia opening a new Level 2 trauma center at this hospital. Located at 255 W. Lancaster Avenue in Paoli Pennsylvania, Paoli Hospital is a 226 bed state of the art facility incorporating a brand new Emergency Room that sees 32,503 patients per year, a 14 suite operating room, and a new intensive care unit. The trauma center is one hundred percent staffed 24/7 by members of the Jefferson Acute Care Surgery Division and incorporates a CT scanner and operating rooms close by. The Trauma Program went on-line in January of 2010 and received it's first accreditation from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation in August 2010.

Kris Kaulback, MD, FACS, a Jefferson trained traumatologist and surgical intensivist with over ten years experience in the field, is the Trauma Program Director for this trauma center. Paoli is proud to be the only hospital in Chester County with this accreditation and the Division of Acute Care Surgery at Thomas Jefferson is proud to be a part of this new and exciting venture.


Helipad/Chopper

Helipad/Chopper

JeffSTAT is a medical transportation service owned and operated by Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. Critical care transport nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians are available to respond 24 hours a day. JeffSTAT completes transports for Jefferson and non-Jefferson facilities.

JeffSTAT currently operates a fleet of 17 vehicles, including two medical helicopters, ambulances, and paratransit vans. Aviation services are provided by Air Methods. These vehicles and transport teams respond to any hospital in Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware. JeffSTAT is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. JeffSTAT personnel provide care in accordance with a pre-determined set of treatment protocols and standards of care. The attending physicians in the emergency department of Jefferson Hospital provide medical direction for the program. JeffSTAT completes approximately 13,500 transports annually.

Through a partnership with Air Methods, Inc., the largest provider of air medical transport services in the world, JeffSTAT provides helicopter transport services to high acuity patients in need of rapid transportation for tertiary care. JeffSTAT uses an IFR, twin-engine, EC135 helicopter, capable of accommodating two patients and flying at speeds of to 150 mph. The helicopters are based at the Sterling Aviation Heliport on Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River and can respond rapidly to interfacility and scene transport requests in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The helicopters are dispatched and tracked by LifeCom, a remote communications center in Omaha, Nebraska.

The helipad at Jefferson Hospital is directly above the Emergency Department, and patients are transported by dedicated elevator from the helipad to the Trauma Resuscitation Area.

To arrange a transfer to Jefferson, call the Jefferson Transfer Center at 1-800-JEFF-121