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healthmatters Jeanes Hospital

Summer 2013

Sophisticated Care. Personal Touch.

Jeanes Hospital Celebrates


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A Journey to Advanced Care

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⑥ Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery… Close to Home ⑦ Emergency Vascular Surgery Saves Elkins Park Resident

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Serving Our Community



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An Anniversary Celebrating Heritage, Commitment, Vision, and the Journey to Advanced Care ②

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o many milestone accomplishments. They’re built into our foundation. They’re written into our charters and sewn into the fabric of our service. The milestones have accumulated and have given Jeanes Hospital a high place to stand in Philadelphia health care. What we have noticed, in the study of our milestones, is that the vision of our founder, Anna T. Jeanes, continues to quietly guide us through today’s major decisions. Perhaps it has been self-fulfilling. Perhaps it has been simply coincidental. Either way, it’s undeniably evident. Miss Jeanes, as she was commonly known even into her 80s at the turn of the 20th century,

“One of our priorities across the health enterprise at Temple is to attract top-flight physicians who can develop and deliver the most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures in the region.” — Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS

was ahead of her time. Described in our archives as tiny and quiet, she was also characterized as a forward-thinking strategist. Jeanes Hospital is indeed in a quiet corner of Northeast Philadelphia, and far from the downtown academic medical centers, but that didn’t stop its leaders from making the commitment to providing the most sophisticated medical and surgical programs. As we look deeply into the values and vision of Miss Jeanes, we recognize that she would heartily embrace the initiatives we are in the midst of championing. “Every move we make at Jeanes Hospital is guided by Anna’s vision,” said Linda J. Grass, President and CEO of Jeanes Hospital. “Even today, a century after she willed the creation of a hospital, we remain confident that she would be proud of us for embracing high-end technology that nobody would have even envisioned in her time.” Grass explained that Miss Jeanes’ progressive attitude made her a leader in the Quaker community, and that attitude has been the beacon the hospital has followed as it journeyed from being a simple community hospital to its current standing as a tertiary-level cardiovascular center and surgical destination. Temple University Health System’s CEO agrees with Grass. “Even as we look back this year on Jeanes Hospital’s 85-year history, we know that honoring our mission means continuing to drive progress in patient care in every area of medicine,” said Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, President and CEO of Temple University Health System and Dean of Temple University School of Medicine. “One of our priorities across the health enterprise at Temple is to attract topflight physicians who can develop and deliver the most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures in the region,” continued Dr. Kaiser. “Jeanes Hospital gives Temple the opportunity to project that expertise across a larger region and provide access to high-end specialty care closer to home.”

In 1996, Jeanes Hospital became a member hospital of the Temple University Health System, and the new millennium focused on programmatic growth. Included in this era were programs like heart surgery, thoracic surgery (see page 6), spine procedures, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. Sizeable investments were made to offer the community high-end diagnostics and procedures such as cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology. In 2012, Fox Chase Cancer Center’s affiliation with the Temple University Health System afforded Jeanes Hospital the opportunity to embrace one of Miss Jeanes’ original missions for her hospital — nationally recognized cancer care. In addition to physician and administrative leadership at Jeanes Hospital, the decision to invest in technological and programmatic growth as a strategic focal point was also driven by governance. The Jeanes Hospital Board of Directors and the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation Board have cleared the way for these advancements and have made Jeanes Hospital unlike other community hospitals in the region. “In the 1950s, Jeanes Hospital advertised ‘terrorless tonsillectomies.’ We still offer those,” quipped Joe Evans, Chair of the Jeanes Hospital Board of Directors. “But the hospital has grown in size and stature, thanks to a Board of Directors that has been stalwartly supporting the development of initiatives recommended to us by the hospital’s leaders.” Evans continued, “It has always felt right. The investments that the Board of Directors supported through the years have dovetailed with our physicians’ objectives and our administration’s goals. Dating back to the original board of trustees, who carried out Miss Jeanes’ wishes, there has always been synergy in decisions about the direction of our hospital’s growth.” It was said of Miss Jeanes: “With her, every act became a noble deed… She did what she could to help humanity

Linda J. Grass President and CEO, Jeanes Hospital

Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS President and CEO, Temple University Health System and Dean of Temple University School of Medicine

Joe Evans Chair of the Jeanes Hospital Board of Directors and gave of her abundance to those whom she felt needed uplifting.” Jeanes Hospital, with Temple Health and Fox Chase Cancer Center colleagues, will always pursue new milestones, and live up to those words in Miss Jeanes’ stead.

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Sophisticated Care with a


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ven as Jeanes Hospital has expanded its strengths in specialized areas through the years, the hospital team and medical staff have not forgotten how critical its founding values have been — safety for all, a remarkable patient experience, superb patient outcomes, and a seamless continuity of care. The hospital’s commitment to patient experience manifests itself in its relationships with doctors. Those relationships, with both Temple physicians and private practitioners, have given Jeanes Hospital the capability to develop into a community hospital with high-end specialty programs. Heart care, for example, has evolved from a foundation of medical cardiology into a full continuum that includes cardiovascular surgery, interventional catheterization, and electrophysiology. “Expanding Temple’s cardiovascular surgery services to accommodate the Northeast Philadelphia region has actually served to attract patients from Montgomery and Bucks counties, and parts of New Jersey,” said Temple’s Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, T. Sloane Guy, MD. “The program is poised for greater growth in coming years, so we recruited

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a very accomplished cardiovascular surgeon for the Jeanes program.” Robert Boova, MD, joined Jeanes Hospital’s Cardiovascular Surgery program this year as Division Chief. “What I found when I came to Jeanes Hospital was more than just a capable heart surgery program,” said Dr. Boova. “I also found a team that is devoted to a mission that makes critical decisions based on the best patient experiences.” As a result of this commitment to a robust heart care program, Jeanes Hospital also partnered with Burholme Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to equip its ambulances with 12-lead EKG technology that allows EMS technicians to alert the hospital’s Emergency Department and Cardiac Catheterization Lab that a patient who is experiencing

T. Sloane Guy, MD Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery, Temple University Health System

a severe heart attack is in transit. The first in Philadelphia to make this wireless connection with an EMS partner almost five years ago, it leads to speedier angioplasty by giving the receiving physicians advanced notice. Other examples of Jeanes Hospital’s high-acuity services include joint replacement surgery, spine surgery, hand surgery, and sports medicine. Several years ago, the hospital’s solid foundation in general surgery created spin-off programs in bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, colorectal surgery, and breast surgery. And Jeanes Hospital’s stroke program became a Primary Stroke Center, accredited by The Joint Commission, because of its consistent exceptional quality efforts.

Robert Boova, MD, Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery, Jeanes Hospital

A Look Back

Jeanes Hospital’s Early Years




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1. Anna T. Jeanes, the founder of Jeanes Hospital. 2. The original Jeanes Hospital building, dating back to 1928, still houses inpatient rooms on the third floor, but is mostly administrative offices now. 3. J eanes Hospital’s first Medical Staff Executive Council, on the stairs of the Founder’s Building. 4. O  riginal artwork of floral designs were turned into ceramic tiles in the

early 1990s, representing donors who helped fund construction of the Patient Care Center. 5. In 1954, little Roxanne became Jeanes Hospital’s first Emergency Department patient when a marble became lodged in her throat. She and her mother Sally still live in the area. 6. This private patient room in the original Jeanes Hospital building is now the President’s office.


t took two decades for the trustees of Anna T. Jeanes’ will to find a location in the Philadelphia area to erect a hospital that would suitably honor the wishes of its founder. Ultimately, the trustees aptly chose Miss Jeanes’ own property, then called Stapeley Farm, in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. By January 1928, Jeanes Hospital had opened its doors. In the late 1930s, Jeanes Hospital began treating patients with cancer, on its way to becoming a full-service acute-care community hospital. It began emergency services in the 1950s when Roxanne, a one-year-old girl with Down syndrome, became the first Emergency Department patient after a marble became lodged in her throat. 6 The hospital’s first baby was born in 1966, beginning four decades of obstetrics services. The 1980s and 1990s ushered in ongoing growth of Jeanes Hospital’s facilities, starting with the Jeanes Physicians’ Office Building. Later, the Heart & Surgery Center (formerly the Surgery-Rehab Building) was built in 1988, followed by the 1992 construction of a fivestory patient tower, now called the Patient Care Center. It was that expansion that led Jeanes Hospital to affiliate with the Temple University Health System in 1996. The affiliation is what gave the hospital the opportunity to expand into sophisticated surgical programs and progressive diagnostics. The campus’ Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, first constructed in 1956 and later relocated in 1987, is now home to community outreach programs and continuing education opportunities for physicians. Community Classroom, the hospital’s seminar series that brings together neighbors and doctors, has called the Meetinghouse home for almost four years.

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Abbas E. Abbas, MD Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Temple University Hospital

Walter J. Scott, MD Chief, Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery… Close to Home


diagnosis of esophageal or lung cancer can be frightening and overwhelming. But it’s comforting to know that Jeanes Hospital offers a world-renowned multidisciplinary team of physicians who specialize in esophageal and lung treatment. “Jeanes Hospital is the perfect community hospital because it offers state-of-the-art care that’s otherwise only available in large academic centers, except it’s more personal,” said Abbas E. Abbas, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Temple University Hospital, and a thoracic surgeon at Jeanes Hospital. The hospital’s new thoracic division combines the expertise and experience of dedicated thoracic surgeons from Jeanes Hospital, Temple University

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Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. The Jeanes Hospital team of thoracic physicians specializes in minimally invasive approaches for non-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the lung and esophagus. Conventional lung cancer surgery, for example, typically requires making a six- to 10-inch incision, cutting major chest muscles, and spreading or even removing ribs. “At Jeanes Hospital, we’re able to do the same surgery using very small incisions,” Dr. Abbas said. As a result, surgeons can do a more precise operation, which translates to less pain for patients, faster recovery time, and less time spent in the hospital. “Jeanes Hospital’s lung and esophageal patients also have the benefit of having their case reviewed by a

tumor board,” said Walter J. Scott, MD, FACS, Chief of the Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery at Temple Health’s Fox Chase Cancer Center. A tumor board consists of physicians from different disciplines, such as pulmonary medicine, radiation oncology, and pathology, who collaborate to discuss cases and best practices to design the best course of treatment for each patient, based on the latest treatment guidelines. Dr. Scott is on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) panel, which creates the esophageal cancer treatment guidelines that physicians in the United States follow. “Other hospitals are trying to make sure their care adheres to the NCCN guidelines. At Jeanes Hospital, we have access to physicians who actually write the guidelines, and to surgeons with more minimally invasive surgical experience than any other medical group or university center in the area,” said Dr. Scott. “That’s remarkable for a hospital of its size.”

“I can’t say enough about Dr. Choi, the excellent treatment, and highly competent and caring staff. ” — John Haines

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Emergency Vascular Surgery Saves Elkins Park Resident


f you were to ask John Haines about the luckiest day of his life, he’d say March 1, 2012. That’s when the then 68-year-old retired school administrator from Elkins Park drove to a local church for a cardiac screening after his insurance carrier sent him a notice about the preventive health event. On the ultrasound table, John noticed the technician’s expression when she was viewing his abdominal area on the screen. “She looked like she had seen a ghost,” he said. John was told to head to the Emergency Department immediately. He went to Jeanes Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a life-threatening abdominal aortic aneurysm. The vascular condition occurs when a segment of the aorta, an artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body, bulges with blood and weakens, akin to blowing up a balloon until it’s about to pop. If an aneurysm ruptures, sudden death is likely. Silent Killer An abdominal aortic aneurysm that measures 5.5 centimeters is considered to be at the bursting point. John’s aneurysm measured 9 centimeters. “He was living on borrowed time,” said Eric Choi, MD, the surgeon who operated on John. Dr. Choi is Chief of Vascular Surgery at Jeanes Hospital and Temple University Hospital, and Associate Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. To repair the threatening aneurysm, Dr. Choi performed the latest surgical technique: fabriccovered stent-like devices, called endografts, were inserted into John’s aneurysm through small incisions in the artery at the groin. Instead of pounding against the damaged blood vessel wall, blood flows through the endografts, which relieve blood pressure. Eric Choi, MD Physicians at Jeanes Hospital have been doing Chief of Vascular stent graft aneurysm repair for several years. Now, however, they have the staff and expertise to take Surgery, Jeanes on the most challenging cases, Dr. Choi said. Hospital John was admitted to Jeanes Hospital on a Thursday and went home just three days later. “It was a nice, bright day, and I thanked God I was alive,” he said. “I can’t say enough about Dr. Choi, the excellent treatment, and highly competent and caring staff.”

Beating Vascular Disease An aortic aneurysm typically has no symptoms. Men and women older than 60 who smoke or who have smoked in the past and those with a family medical history of aneurysm are at high risk. If this describes you, ask your doctor to be screened. Aneurysms can be detected by ultrasound or CT scan.

John Haines, Elkins Park

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Jeanes Hospital, the only Quaker-founded acute care hospital in the United States, is part of Temple Health. The hospital provides communities in Northeast Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and Bucks County with advanced medical, surgical, and emergency services. Health Matters is published quarterly by Jeanes Hospital to provide its community with health, wellness, and safety information; however, it does not replace the advice of your physicians. You should always consult your physician regarding any medical concerns and before making any changes in your lifestyle, physical activities, or treatment plan.

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Health Matters - Jeanes Hospital - Summer 2013 Issue  
Health Matters - Jeanes Hospital - Summer 2013 Issue  

Health Matters - Jeanes Hospital - Summer 2013 Issue