Dr. Stephen Klasko, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, was recently interviewed by Paul Voosen of The Chronicle of Higher Education about the relationship between universities and university hospitals.
While other institutions, like Vanderbilt University and Hospital are decoupling for financial reasons, Dr. Klasko spoke to Jefferson’s recent mergers.
“The mergers weren’t about filling beds in Jefferson’s main hospital,” said Dr. Klasko. “They were about building a series of hubs for patients.”
The article also addresses recent implications such as the Affordable Care Act and the National Institutes of Health’s flat budget which have impacted the disproportionate share of a hospital on its university’s budget.
“We’re doubling down on the fact that health care is going to fundamentally disrupt, not just change,” Dr. Klasko explained when speaking to the changes Jefferson has made including the push to focus on leadership, innovation and philanthropy.