Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 1824
Industry: Healthcare

Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Stephen K. Klasko
President and CEO

TURNING DISRUPTION INTO TRANSFORMATION

In 2013, Jefferson merged its university and hospital boards to make Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health one entity. The trustees sought new leadership that would be able to successfully integrate its education and patient care services, and they found that in president and CEO Stephen K. Klasko. Today, the company provides graduate programs in higher education, as well as a full range of medical care for patients. As part of the merger, Klasko had to work on centralizing systems like email, calendars and enterprise IT systems. With those systems in place, Jefferson has been able expand its services to meet the major changes that are sweeping both healthcare and higher education.

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One of the biggest changes Jefferson has had to deal with is the changing landscape of the healthcare industry. When Klasko stepped into his role, he was tasked with not only managing the merger, but also with accommodating the shift from fee-for-service medicine to payments based on value to populations. The organization developed a regional growth strategy that ensures medical care is decentralized and distributed among communities.