Kennedy’s Facts and History
Our Mission

Kennedy provides comprehensive quality healthcare in an academic setting where we are proud to serve patients, the community and each other.

Our Vision

To transform the healthcare experience for patients and their families through a culture of caring, quality, and innovation.

Kennedy Health Hospital Locations

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Ave West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Stratford
18 East Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Wash. Twp.
435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012

Kennedy Health Fast Facts
  • 2015 revenue: $580.1 million
  • 4,613 associates in all of the hospitals and subsidiaries
  • More than 900 physicians

Kennedy Health Total number of Licensed Beds at Kennedy University Hospital: 607
  • 196 - Kennedy - Cherry Hill

  • 181 - Kennedy - Stratford

  • 230 - Kennedy - Washington Township

Looking Back - A Historical Perspective:

Kennedy was not always a healthcare system: It began in 1965 as a single, 99-bed facility, called John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, in Stratford, N.J.  

Here are some highlights of Kennedy's history:

  • In 1977, Kennedy became affiliated with the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Kennedy is now the Principal teaching affiliate of Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), formerly UMDNJ-SOM.

  • In 1980, Kennedy became a multi-hospital system with the purchase of the Cherry Hill Medical Center (which opened in 1960) and Washington Memorial Hospital (which opened in 1972).

  • The Kennedy Health Care Foundation was created in 1983 and during the next two years, several subsidiary organizations - including STAT Medical Transport, Kennedy Property Corporation, and Kennedy Health Facilities - were established.

  • In September 1996, Gloucester County's first free-standing outpatient surgical facility, the Kennedy Surgical Center opened on the Washington Township hospital campus.

  • In early 1997, Kennedy's name became the Kennedy Health System. The three hospitals operated as Kennedy Memorial Hospitals – University Medical Center.

  • In 1998, a free-standing outpatient Dialysis Center at the Washington Township campus opened. A second new Dialysis Center, in Voorhees, opened in early 2003.

  • In 2001, a Ronald McDonald House Pediatric Unit opened in Washington Township (remodeled in 2009).

  • In Spring 2002, the $21-million Kennedy Cancer Center, also home to Kennedy's outpatient medical imaging center, opened.

  • In February 2003, a $23.4-million Emergency Department opened at Kennedy's Washington Township Campus.

  • In February 2008, a modernized Maternity Center, featuring 22 private rooms opened at Kennedy’s Washington Township campus.

  • A new $13.4-million Surgical Care Unit at Kennedy – Washington Township was unveiled in January 2009.

  • In February 2009, our $15-million Kennedy Health & Wellness Center opened in Washington Township.

  • A new $23-million Surgical Suite at Kennedy's Washington Township hospital was unveiled in June 2009. Additionally, Kennedy purchased a da Vinci® Surgical System, used for minimally invasive robotic surgeries.

  • Coinciding with its 45th birthday, Kennedy - Stratford was re-dedicated at a special event in June 2010, following a $25-million façade project.

  • In March 2011, the first two Kennedy Health Alliance primary care physician practices – West Deptford and Marlton, NJ – were created. Other Kennedy Health Alliance offices have since opened in Voorhees, Sewell, Stratford, Sicklerville and Cherry Hill.

  • In November 2011, The Kennedy Neuroscience Center of Southern New Jersey, a member of the Jefferson Neurosciences Network (JNN), opened in Washington Township.

  • In Fall 2014, Kennedy Health partnered with Cooper University Health Care, expanding cardiac services in Gloucester County with the creation of a new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Kennedy Heart Center in Washington Township.

  • In Spring 2014 – and again in 2015 – Kennedy was selected as one of the Top Workplaces, the only healthcare system in the region to be included in the listing (under the sector of "Hospitals" for Large Employers).

  • In Summer 2014, Kennedy was named one of the Best Hospitals in the Country by U.S. News & World Report. Kennedy was included on three of the report's 2014-2015 regional lists for Best Hospitals: Philadelphia Metro Region; South Jersey Region; and the New Jersey state list. Kennedy was also singled out for high-performing specialties in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Geriatrics.

  • In January 2015, Schwartz Center Rounds® – where healthcare professionals openly discuss social and emotional issues related to caring for patients – kicked off at Kennedy.

  • In March 2015, Kennedy’s Outpatient Imaging Center was named a “Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center” by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

  • In June 2015, Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford received “Exemplar” status for its NICHE program in support of elder care. Kennedy University Hospitals in Cherry Hill and Washington Township, NJ, also hold NICHE designation.

  • In July 2015, the first-ever Kennedy FastCare walk-in medical clinic opened inside the Audubon, NJ, ACME supermarket.

  • In August 2015, Kennedy’s Cancer Center was named a “Screening Center of Excellence” by the National Lung Cancer Alliance.

  • In October 2015, Kennedy Health earned an “A” grade for patient safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score.

  • In November 2015, the new multi-specialty Kennedy Health Alliance at Laurel Oak office was unveiled in Voorhees, NJ.

  • Kennedy was named a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” by The Joint Commission in November 2015.

  • In November 2015, Kennedy was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) for “outstanding quality and safety standards.”

  • Kennedy’s DSRIP (diabetes) program celebrated its 1st anniversary in November 2015, helping more than 700 area residents effectively manage their condition.

  • In December 2015, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice was named Kennedy’s preferred provider for palliative medicine.

  • In January 2016, Kennedy Health and Jefferson Health signed a Letter of Intent to partner with each other, shaping the future of healthcare in southern New Jersey.

  • In February 2016, Kennedy launched its 3D mammography program at the Kennedy Health Outpatient Medical Imaging Center in Washington Township, NJ, an ACR-accredited “Breast Screening Center of Excellence.”

  • In March 2016, Kennedy was named a “Top Workplace” by for the third year in a row, based on employee feedback.

  • Also in March, Kennedy’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss was reaccredited as a “Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center” by the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). 

  • In April 2016, Kennedy’s three hospital’s each received an “A” grade in the Spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Report.

  • In May 2016, Kennedy’s Cherry Hill Hospital was the site of a “Topping Off” Ceremony as the $65 million first phase of the transformation project continues.

  • In July 2016, Kennedy became a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson.

  • In August 2016, Kennedy and Jefferson signed a Definitive Agreement, outlining the terms of its planned merger.