National Jewish Health

Founded 117 years ago as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge, comprehensive, coordinated care.

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Organizational Overview

National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206
(2008)National Jewish Medical and Research Center
The National Jewish Health mission since 1899 is to heal, to discover, and to educate as a preeminent health care institution.

We serve by providing the best integrated and innovative care for patients and their families; by understanding and finding cures for the diseases we research; and by educating and training the next generation of health care professionals to be leaders in medicine and science.

National Jewish Health is committed to "never say never" to patients and their families. The dedicated faculty and staff provide an unmatched level of care and service, and our researchers are making incredible breakthroughs for respiratory, cardiac, immune and related conditions.

In June 2014, we completed our joint operating agreement with Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver and its parent, SCL Health, to form National Jewish Health | Saint Joseph Hospital. National Jewish Health patients requiring inpatient care are seen in the new state-of-the-art, 360-bed hospital jointly operated by National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital.

We have also partnered with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City to create the Mount Sinai | National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, which opened in January 2015. The Respiratory Institute is developing protocols tailored to the Mount Sinai Health System, with an emphasis on the patient care experience for which National Jewish Health is world-renowned. The new Respiratory Institute also focuses on innovative research.

At the beginning of 2015, we announced an agreement with Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital in Denver to provide diagnostic and treatment services for children suffering from respiratory, allergic and immune system disorders. National Jewish Health for Kids physicians provide on-site clinical care at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Through a newly established National Jewish Health Tele-ICU, our intensive care physicians began providing remote, electronic intensive care unit (ICU) services for 22 Banner Health hospitals across the West every night. The Banner Health hospitals have found that this program improves care, saves lives and shortens ICU stays for patients.

We have been recognized for our expertise through a variety of outside measurements and achievements, including being named the number two respiratory hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015-16 ranking of leading hospitals in the United States. National Jewish Health has ranked number one or number two in the U.S. News pulmonology rankings in all 19 years that the magazine has evaluated pulmonary care.

The magazine also recently acknowledged National Jewish Health for our care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a new rating called Common Care. We received a "high performing" designation for our care of patients with COPD, placing us at the highest level within this new rating system.

Executive Director Statement

Message From Our President and CEO
National Jewish Health - A Unique Health Care Experience

Being cared for at National Jewish Health is a unique health care experience. Patients come from around the world to seek our expertise and receive the highest quality personalized attention and care. We do not believe in the 15-minute patient encounter or just writing a few prescriptions. We provide the comprehensive education and care that our patients need.

We also integrate our research and clinical efforts at the point of the patient, so that patients have access to the latest medical advances and great discoveries made in not only our labs but also others around the world. It is the philosophy of National Jewish Health to take these discoveries and integrate them into our programs to deliver the very best in preventive and personalized medicine.

As a nonprofit institution since 1899, National Jewish Health continues to provide substantial amounts of charity care, which is generously supported by donors from around the world.

Since the first patient entered our doors more than a century ago, we have expanded our areas of expertise and developed many unique programs that set us apart from other institutions. We operate a kindergarten through eighth grade day school for children who are challenged with chronic illness. We also have nationally renowned smoking cessation and weight management programs. These programs have assisted hundreds of thousands of people via the Internet and phone, addressing the two leading causes of behavior-associated, preventable death in the United States -- tobacco use and obesity.

Our dedicated faculty and staff continue to develop other new and unique programs that address total health as part of our commitment to move from reactive to proactive medicine. We will continue to meet and exceed your expectations in all areas of the care we deliver.

Michael Salem, MD
President & CEO

Background Statement

In the 1880s, Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the "Mother of All Charities" and the founder of United Way, first conceived of the idea for a free hospital for indigent tuberculosis victims. The National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives opened in 1899 in Denver under the motto, "None may enter who can pay - none may pay who enter," and for the first 70 years of the institution's existence, all patients received care at no charge. As the institution has grown into a world-renowned center for the research and treatment of respiratory, cardiac, immune and related diseases, Wisebart Jacobs' original mission of benevolence has remained a part of the DNA of National Jewish Health. Last year, the institution provided over $23.2 million in free and heavily subsidized care to patients in need.

The services we provide include the treatment and research of respiratory, allergy, immunology, cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology and infectious diseases. We also provide occupational health, psychological health, rehabilitation, and sleep and wellness services, such as smoking cessation, weight management, nutrition and education programs. The National Jewish Health Lung Line®, a free service staffed by registered nurses, has fielded 1.35 million calls since it was created in 1983. National Jewish Health also includes the Center for Genetics and Therapeutics, which studies the complex genetics of lung diseases, the Integrated Bioinformation and Specimen Center, which stores anonymous profiles of participating patients to provide a wealth of information for researchers and clinicians, and the Minimally Invasive Diagnostic Center, which is investigating and performing innovative new therapies for asthma, emphysema and other conditions. The Lung Cancer Center also offers a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options, and we encourage and provide preventive lung cancer screenings for early detection, key to the effective treatment of lung cancer.

Patients come here from all over the United States and many foreign countries; our physician/scientists lead their fields, publishing articles in prestigious journals and speaking at the leading conferences. We educate post-doctoral and post-medical school fellows who use the knowledge gained at National Jewish Health for the rest of their careers.

Impact Statement

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, and immune diseases and for groundbreaking medical research.

*National Jewish Health has the largest pulmonary division in the nation and is the only hospital whose principal focus is pulmonary disease.

*The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) ranks National Jewish Health in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation.

*National Jewish Health has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #1 or #2 every year that the Pulmonology category has been included in the rankings (since 1997). Of those years, National Jewish Health was in the #1 spot for 15 years.

*National Jewish Health has 23 doctors named as "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly, including 13 in Pulmonary Disease (most in nation).

*National Jewish Health had 21 physicians named as "Top Docs" in the 5280 magazine 2014 rankings of Denver-area physicians.

*Forty National Jewish Health physicians were named "Denver 2014 Best Doctors," part of The Best Doctors in America® 2014 national database. These doctors were recognized in pulmonary medicine, allergy and immunology and other related specialties, including pediatric allergy and immunology.

*On its website, Healthgrades notes that National Jewish Health receives the highest possible scores in overall rating, explanation of medications, information about recovering at home and willingness to refer to family and friends.

*National Jewish Health is in the top 7 percent of institutions in the country funded by the NIH, in terms of absolute dollars. This is a tremendous achievement for a specialty hospital/research center.

*Ranked among the leaders worldwide in the impact of our scientific publications, our faculty also have helped write the NHLBI 2007 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

*National Jewish Health is home to the Editors-in-Chief of two major peer-reviewed scientific journals:

- Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology: Donald Leung, MD, PhD
- Journal of the COPD Foundation: James Crapo, MD

The limitations of our campus have presented challenges. Our growth in recent years has strained existing facilities - nearly 150 employees moved earlier this year to offices off campus. We have also seen the demand for charity care grow 300 percent since 2008. Patients come to us for the treatment they receive nowhere else. We accept the toughest medical cases, even though the compensation we receive for these patients' personalized care rarely matches the time we spend treating them.

In response to the growing need, National Jewish Health increased charity care spending to continue to provide medical services to those less fortunate. To help more patients, we also revised the income guidelines for our Charity Care Program to provide help for people with household incomes of up to 250 percent of the poverty level (based on federal poverty guidelines).

Board Chair/President Statement

We recognize that our patients' conditions often involve more than just the lungs, and have invested significant resources to provide a truly integrated and coordinated approach to caring for the whole patient.

Rich Schierburg,
Chair, National Jewish Health Board of Directors

Needs Statement

Goals and objectives over the next 3-5 years:

National Jewish Health continues to implement the objectives outlined in our 10-year strategic plan: The Decade of Innovation, we are focused on continuing as the world leader with new innovative, integrated research and clinical processes in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, allergy, immunology and lung cancer.

In 2011, National Jewish Health purchased from Denver Public Schools 7.5 acres of land adjacent to our 14.5-acre main Denver campus. The Denver City Council unanimously approved a request by National Jewish Health to rezone the former Gove Middle School property to a hospital campus zone. The property significantly improves prospects for the continued expansion of our main health campus in an otherwise fully developed section of the city and maintains our commitment to stay in our historic Denver location.

Our concentrated efforts, decade after decade, have enabled us to advance the course of medicine and save lives. To ensure that we can continue to further our clinical, research and educational mission, additional strategic objectives include the development of preventive and personalized medicine, integration of clinical and research efforts, expansion of national wellness programs and reduced reliance on donations to cover operating expenses.

"As a native of Denver, I knew about National Jewish Health, and I knew it was the best."
-Dave Savage, Denver

"I am forever grateful to National Jewish Health. They turned my life around."
-Shirley Stafford, Aurora

"If it wasn't for Dr. Fenster ordering the right tests, I would not have had a good prognosis. He saved my life."
-Christopher Orris, Westminster

"National Jewish Health has been a positive experience for my family. The doctors and technology there are awesome. I recommend National Jewish Health to all of my friends and family."
-Rebecca Aguirre, Westminster

"Morgridge Academy is a family. At his previous schools, Avery felt like a number. At Morgridge Academy, they care, and they want to help."
-Pam Becker, Denver, mother of Morgridge Academy graduate Avery Becker
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