In The Year 2024…

DATE: July 25, 2024 FROM: Stephen K Klasko, M.D., M.B.A. Retired President & CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Health System Current CEO, Steve’s Vinyl Emporium and Implantable Health Chips, South Street, Philadelphia Dear Colleagues, Here we are in the year 2024 and as I take stock over the past decade it is amazing how far …


One Jefferson: One Future

The experience was exhilarating to hear an historic, major national institution plan its future in academic health. For six months, I’ve been listening as the people of Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals talked about an ideal and optimistic future for health and medicine. Our faculty, staff, students and patients have told us what they want …


Innovating with Telehealth

Time for telehealth. You cannot over-invest in physician leadership for telehealth. As an academic health center, this is our time to make that investment, right now. Giving patients access to their physicians through different communication tools can only be a good thing. I recently sat down with Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of …


The Four Pillars Every Academic Health Center Needs

Support for faculty, for students, for places to work, and for innovation. The gift to Jefferson by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation is important for its transformative size, but also for its targets. Let me explain. I’ve talked about four pillars that can sustain academic health centers during rapid national change. This gift makes it possible …


Lessons from the Education World

Hospitals need creative partnerships and a leadership team with imagination, communication, teamwork and emotional intelligence. There’s something I’ve learned as a medical school dean about the selection and training of physicians that I believe is equally true of hospitals and their leaders. Quite simply, the future of health care can be remarkably exciting — to …


It’s Going to Take a Village

I gave a talk for the 14th Annual Population Health Colloquium, organized by the Jefferson School of Population Health, which happens to be the very first school of population health in the US. I invite you to take a look at this video of my talk—I tried to make it a little entertaining, but it also makes …


Mending Error: Patients need to hear more and we need to do more

Giving bad news, especially if there was an error in care, remains one of the toughest experiences for any of us as health care providers. A study of the SPIKES protocol, published in the Annals of Oncology, showed that patients still need more time to talk, often repeatedly, about the details – even if a protocol …


The Leading Role of Academic Health Centers

Extinct? Academic Health Centers may become “extinct” we heard repeatedly in 2013. Both the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association featured those fears in October issues. Throughout this blog, I challenge that idea. Extinction, if it comes, is a decision, not fate. The future of healthcare in America …


Musically Speaking

Sometimes, with all the background noise in life, we forget how powerful the simple things can be—how they can positively affect us. Like music. Intuitively, we know it can make us feel really good. But often we’re rushing around, stressed, nursing a cold maybe, and we don’t think about the power of closing our eyes …


What’s Your Vision?

In the coming months, all of us in academic healthcare should be able to articulate a clear vision for our continuing leadership role. At Thomas Jefferson University and the TJUH System we’re beginning to map out a new blueprint for strategic action – starting with our vision. The question I’ve asked at Jefferson, all of …

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