St Joseph's Hospital

1600 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 787-9000

St. Joseph's Hospital provides quality healthcare through prevention, education, treatment and relief of pain. We assist those with physical and behavioral disorders. We are sensitive to both cultural and spiritual needs within our community.

St. Joseph's Hospital aspires to be the acute general hospital which is most closely identified with the North Central Philadelphia community. Our vision is that the hospital will have medical, surgical and behavioral health services which are of high quality, efficient and customer-friendly. We are committed to expanding the community's access to primary care services regardless of their ability to pay, and we are dedicated to providing the best wellness, prevention and outreach healthcare services.

SJH offers a wide range of acute care medical/surgical services including:
general acute medical/surgical services comprised of general medical/surgical, critical care, step-down critical care and telemetry; emergency services; clinical ancillary services; primary care and specialty clinics; and hospital-level drug & alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation services.

St. Joseph's Hospital is a 227 bed acute care hospital licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and c arries both the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the American Osteopathic Association accreditation.

St. Joseph's Hospital INPATIENT SERVICES

Acute Care
NPHS has developed a Strategic Business Plan to address the major downward pressure on hospital inpatient utilization which Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care is creating. The Strategic Business Plan for medical/surgical services identifies steps to bolster the primary care referral base by changing emergency services delivery, strengthening ties to community health centers, increasing referrals from private primary care physicians, broadening the spectrum of specialist physicians and attracting Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care patients.

Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Detoxification/Rehabilitation Program
NPHS currently operates the largest hospital-level detoxification unit in the City of Philadelphia and will continue to be maintained with services purchased by Community Behavioral Health, the entity that controls all Medicaid behavioral health contracts. Furthermore, it is in NPHS' Strategic Business Plan to remain as a major provider of drug and alcohol services to the Medicaid population through expansion of its volume and scope of services in residential and outpatient services.

The Detoxification Unit is specifically designed to manage the medical problems of the chemically dependent person. The Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program offers 24-hour medical and nursing supervision. In addition, patients attend exercise class, workshops, lectures, meetings, and individual and group therapy.

SJH performed 2,488 surgical procedures in Fiscal Year 1999, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, endoscopic surgery and ophthalmological surgery. Of the 2,488 procedures performed, 59% were short procedures cases (SPU's). The volume of SPU's has increased each year for the last several years. Contrary to national trends of surgical cases moving from inpatient to outpatient venues, inpatient surgical volumes at NPHS have increased slightly. This is due in part to the recruitment of additional surgeons over the past couple of years.


Ambulatory Services
SJH offers a broad range of ambulatory care services designed and delivered to meet the multi-cultural needs of patients in this community. SJH operates various ambulatory care clinics, including primary, specialty and fast track that provided almost 14,000 patient visits in Fiscal Year 1999. These included primary adult health care and pediatrics, fast track for non-emergent treatment and nineteen (19) specialty clinics, including ENT, podiatry, surgery and orthopedics.

Emergency Service
SJH'sl Emergency Department is classified as a Level II Emergency Center. The level of care available ranges from the continuation or initiation of advanced life support measures to the assessment and treatment of minor illnesses or injuries or acute exacerbations of a chronic medical condition. Emergency services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The facility is staffed by physicians, registered nurses, a physician's assistant, a nurse practitioner and nursing assistants. SJH's emergency department is instrumental in providing medical/surgical admissions. In Fiscal Year 1999, the emergency department had 14,000 visits of which 3,298 were admitted as medical/surgical patients. This represents ninety-one percent (91%) of the total medical/surgical admissions for Fiscal Year 1999.

The Care Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital
The Care Clinic at SJH is a comprehensive, wholly dedicated AIDS care program which provides HIV medical care, case management services, meals, legal assistance, clinical trials and drug rehabilitation services.

St. Joseph's Hospital OTHER SERVICES

Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Detoxification/Rehabilitation Program
Provides services to adult chemically dependent patients. Services offered include an inpatient program, counseling, a rehabilitation program and referrals for outpatient programs.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy provides services used to evaluate rehabilitation potential and treat to restore strength and functional capacity. Speech pathology services include diagnostic evaluation, and rehabilitation for impairments and cognition, swallowing, speech and/or language disorders.

Provides services including diagnostic imaging, and special procedures. These special procedures include: needle biopsy, arteriograms, cat scans, nuclear medicine, ultrasound contract services, thallium and stress testing. MRI's are scheduled for transportation to other institutions.

Intensive Care Services
Provide acute care services to a high activity clientele. This includes cardiac monitoring, ventilator, etc.

Social Work Services
These services serve to identify and assist in meeting a patient or resident's psychosocial and discharge planning needs. Services include psycho-social support, patient education, advocacy, discharge planning and community relations.

Pastoral Care
Spiritual support is provided to employees and patents. Services included in Pastoral Care are sacrament of sick, confession, daily administration of Holy Communion and ministering to all patients.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 590-1000

Since its start in 1855 as the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for children, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. The Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children's lives. Over 150 years of innovation and service to our patients, their families and our community, reflect an ongoing commitment to exceptional patient care.

For Patients and Visitors

Whether you are visiting The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia for a brief appointment, a day of testing, an extended stay or simply to offer your support as a visitor, we know you may have questions before you come. What should you bring? Where will you park? How can you prepare your child ahead of time? When are visiting hours? We want to make your experience with us as comfortable as possible.

Our Leading Programs

At The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the paths to excellence are many. Patient care remains at the core of our mission, and it is the hallmark of our history. Families of the sickest children in our society continue to seek care at Children's Hospital because here they receive the best care available and the family support that makes all the difference. This expertise has been recognized through our repeated inclusion on the U.S.News & World Report's Honor Roll of the nation's Best Children's Hospitals.

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