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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.
- 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.
This year was one of our strongest years for collaborations, both within our own institution and with other health care organizations, to bring forward world-class research and advance care for people across the globe.
Many of our grateful patients, who spent years looking for answers to their complex medical conditions, often tell us, "You were the only place that could help." Such words are a testament to our ongoing mission and the generosity of our donors.
In FY2015, we saw more patients than ever before, with more than 108,000 outpatient clinic visits at our main campus in Denver and 25 other locations across the nation. Patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related diseases came from all 50 states and many foreign countries.
U.S News & World Report 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.
As one of only two hospitals in the Denver Metro Area that accepts all patients, regardless of ability to pay, we continue to experience increased demand for our charity care services. In FY2015, our charity care expenditures were $25.6 million, a 70 percent increase since 2010.
The health care industry is undergoing tremendous regulatory, reimbursement and technological change. By adding new ventures, fortifying current programs, expanding collaborations, controlling costs and focusing on the tremendous value we offer to our patients, National Jewish Health continues to strengthen our position within the industry. As a result, we can continue to offer our unique, personalized services to patients and their families.
In August 2014, we officially began operating our Colorado clinical operations through a joint operating agreement with Saint Joseph Hospital and SCL Health. This agreement enables our clinicians to successfully treat patients throughout the full continuum of care at a brand new hospital facility, National Jewish Health | Saint Joseph Hospital.
This agreement enables us to enhance our thoracic surgery program. For the first time in decades, in collaboration with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, thoracic surgeons began seeing patients at National Jewish Health. The new clinic and surgical program provides a more seamless experience for patients, with all pre- and post-op care delivered at National Jewish Health and inpatient care from our hospitalists delivered at National Jewish Health | Saint Joseph Hospital.
Our oncology practice continue to thrive at National Jewish Health and in all three Denver-area locations (National Jewish Health main campus, Northern Hematology-Oncology in Thornton and Western Hematology-Oncology in Golden). In addition, our pulmonology, allergy, cardiac and gastroenterology programs continue to grow.
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 innovative research and the patient care experience for which National Jewish Health is . In just over a year, the Mount Sinai - National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute has logged more than 21,000 patient visits. We are proud of this early success and anticipate continued growth as the Institute establishes a reputation for excellence in the New
In 2015, National Jewish Health completed an agreement with HealthOne Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children to provide diagnostic and treatment services for children with respiratory, allergic and immune system disorders. National Jewish Health for Kids physicians also provide "on-call" consultations for emergencies and inpatients at several more hospitals in the HealthOne network.
In addition, National Jewish Health intensive care physicians provide remote Tele-ICU (electronic intensive care unit) 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 their patients.
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
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 $25.6 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.
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 30 doctors named as "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly, including 13 in Pulmonary Disease (most in nation).
*National Jewish Health had 24 physicians named as "Top Docs" in the 5280 magazine 2015 rankings of Denver-area physicians.
*Forty National Jewish Health physicians were named "Denver 2015 Best Doctors," part of The Best Doctors in America® 2015 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.
Board Chair/President 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.
-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