Acute Care Surgery

Transferred patients are usually transported to Jefferson by JeffSTAT, our ground and air transport program. Our direct admissions and scene patients primarily arrive via Philadelphia Fire Rescue or Philadelphia Police Department. 

To initiate a patient transfer to Jefferson Health
Call 1-800-JEFF-121 (1-800-533-3121) 

Our interface with JeffSTAT and Philadelphia Police, Fire and EMS is integral to maintaining the pre-hospital and interhospital quality care.


JeffSTAT is a medical transportation service owned and operated by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The Service completes approximately 13,500 transports annually.

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 provides Advanced Life Support, and Critical Care Ambulances along with four air medical helicopters. These vehicles respond to any hospital in Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware. JeffSTAT is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and Delaware Health and Social Services. Our program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).

Medical Transportation 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 and Division of Acute Care Surgery provide medical direction for the program. 

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 quantinary care. JeffSTAT uses IFR, twin-engine, EC135 helicopters, capable of accommodating two patients and flying at speeds of to 150 mph. The helicopters 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 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is directly above the Emergency Department, and patients are transported by dedicated elevator from the helipad to the Trauma Resuscitation Area.

Patient Transfers

Call 1-800-JEFF-121 (1-800-533-3121) to expedite time-sensitive emergency transfers and nonemergent transfers for tertiary care services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience.