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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 System Hospital Locations

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Ave West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
856-488-6500
 

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Stratford
18 East Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084
856-346-6000
    

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Wash. Twp.
435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
856-582-2500

Kennedy Health System Fast Facts
  • 2012 revenue: $495 million
  • 4,073 associates in all of the hospitals and subsidiaries
  • More than 900 physicians

Total number of Licensed Beds at Kennedy University Hospital: 607

  • 196 - Kennedy - Cherry Hill
  • 181 - Kennedy - Stratford
  • 230 - Kennedy – Washington Township
Kennedy Health System History and Future Plans
  • In 1965, what is now Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, NJ, was established as John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.
  • In 1977, Kennedy became formally affiliated with the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Kennedy is a 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 1986, the Health Care Center at Washington, a long-term nursing care facility, was opened. The facility provides skilled nursing care to 130 residents. A new 19-bed sub-acute unit opened at the Health Care Center in 1999.
  • Nearly 45,000 members are enrolled in Kennedy's ElderMed program, a health education program geared toward older adults.
  • Kennedy established many new programs throughout the 1990s, including the Early Intervention Program (EIP) for people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • In 1996, Kennedy's Family Health Services expanded its services, locating its main office in Somerdale, NJ, and opening a new site in Washington Township.
  • In September 1996, Gloucester County's first free-standing outpatient surgical facility, the Kennedy Surgical Center opened on the Washington Township hospital campus.
  • In October 1996, Diabetes Control Services at Kennedy, an outpatient education and self-management training program, opened in Somerdale, NJ. A second Diabetes Control Center opened at Kennedy's Washington Township campus in spring 1998.
  • In early 1997, Kennedy's name became the Kennedy Health System. Our three hospitals operate as Kennedy University Hospital (as of 2010).
  • 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 1999, Kennedy opened a new Sleep Center across from its hospital in Stratford. This comfortable facility uses the most advanced technology available to diagnose sleep disorders, such as Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy and Insomnia, as well as prescribing treatment plans. A second Sleep Center opened in Washington Township in November 2003.
  • In 2001, a new Ronald McDonald House Pediatric Unit opened at Kennedy-Washington Township. The unit was completely remodeled in 2009.
  • In early 2002, Kennedy was named NJ's first and only hospital to make Solucient’s' "100 Top Hospitals" in America list.  That same year,  the new $21 million Kennedy Cancer Center/Outpatient Medical Imaging Center opened.
  • In the Spring of 2002, the new $21 million Kennedy Cancer Center/Outpatient Medical Imaging Center opened.
  • In February 2003, a new $23.4-million-dollar Emergency Department opened at Kennedy's Washington Township Campus.
  • In January 2005,The Center for Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Kennedy opened on the Washington Township campus, becoming the first such facility south of Trenton to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
  • In June 2006, a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened at Kennedy’s Washington Township hospital. In September of the same year, a new 40-bed Progressive Care Unit (Telemetry) opened at the Washington Township campus. Also in September 2006, a new 12-bed VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® unit at Kennedy’s Stratford hospital opened.
  • In July 2007, Kennedy opened two Balance Centers in the buildings that house its Sleep Centers (Stratford and Washington Township campuses).  The Balance Centers use sophisticated and painless tests to diagnose the reasons for dizziness and/or falls.
  • In mid-2007, Kennedy established a Stroke Program.
  • In the fall of 2007, a $25-million, two-and-one-half year construction program to replace the facade of the Kennedy hospital in Stratford got underway. In June 2010, Kennedy - Stratford was re-dedicated at a special event that coincided with its original opening in June 1965.
  • In February 2008, a modernized Maternity Center, featuring 22 private rooms opened at Kennedy’s Washington Township campus, completing consolidation of all Women’s & Children’s Services to the Washington Township campus.
  • A new $13.4 million Surgical Care Unit at Kennedy – Washington Township was unveiled in January 2009. This new 22,743-square foot Surgical Care Unit has two components – a 39-bed post-surgical unit and a 10-bed ICU.
  • In February 2009, our $15-million Kennedy Health & Wellness Center opened in Washington Township. The Center combines fitness, wellness and health education programs with traditional healthcare for a fully-integrated scope of services. The Kennedy Health and Wellness Center houses a fitness center with a pool, medical practices and health education services. The fitness component of the Center is operated by Healthtrax, Inc., a recognized national firm.
  • A new $23-million Surgical Suite at Kennedy's Washington Township hospital was unveiled in June 2009. The new Surgical Suite now includes nine state-of-the-art, technologically-advanced, spacious ORs. Additionally, Kennedy recently purchased a da Vinci® Surgical System, which is being used for minimally-invasive robotic prostate, gynecological and thoracic surgeries.
  • In June 2009, Kennedy joined the Penn Cancer Network. Kennedy is currently the only healthcare system in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties to be a member of the Network. Through the affiliation, Penn specialists work cooperatively with Kennedy physicians, managing communications and collaboration throughout the course of the patient's care. Also in the summer of 2009, Kennedy established two new specialized services at its Surgical Center in Washington Township: a Sinus Surgery Center and the Kennedy Center for Digestive Health.
  • In February 2010, Kennedy University Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Program was accredited by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
  • In March 2010, the Nuclear Medicine Laboratories of Kennedy University Hospitals in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, were granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).
  • In May 2010, Kennedy - Cherry Hill was honored by the Township for its many years of service to the community.
  • In December 2010, a grand opening celebration was held for the new $12.5 million, two-story 60-bed Sub-Acute Wing at the Kennedy Health Care Center in Washington Township. With this addition, which began in the fall of 2009, the number of beds at the five-star rated, long-term care facility increased from 130 to 190. The Sub-Acute Wing is geared toward patients who need a “bridge” between a hospital stay and a return to home.
  • In March 2011, Open House events were planned for the first two Kennedy Health Alliance primary care physician practices, in West Deptford and Marlton, NJ.  The Kennedy Health Alliance – a network of South Jersey primary care physicians, specialists and medical support professionals -- provides South Jersey residents with “front-door” access to top-notch medical care, close to home. Other Kennedy Health Alliance offices have since opened in Voorhees, Sewell, Stratford, Sicklerville and Cherry Hill.
  • In the summer of 2011, Kennedy University Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Program was accredited as a Level 1 facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Kennedy is now one of only three ACS/BSCN Level One bariatric programs in the state of New Jersey.
  • In October 2011, the new ACE (Acute Care for Elders) Unit at Kennedy– Stratford was unveiled. This 12-bed ACE Unit – located on the hospital’s third floor -- is designed to meet the unique needs of hospitalized older adults (ages 70 and up), while offering support and access to their loved ones.  Kennedy – Stratford hospital in early 2014 achieved “Senior Friendly” status for its NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 and older.
  • In Fall 2011, The Kennedy Health System’s Cancer Program was granted two prestigious national accreditations – a three-year Accreditation with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)Commission on Cancer (CoC) and a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for the Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center, located within the Kennedy Cancer Center in Washington Township.
  • In November 2011, The Kennedy Neuroscience Center of Southern New Jersey, a member of the Jefferson Neurosciences Network (JNN), celebrated the opening of its new $5.7 million Interventional Neurosurgery Suite at its Washington Township hospital. This 1,098-square foot hybrid suite features Phillips Allura Xper Bi-Plane 3-D intervention radiology imaging equipment, the latest neurosurgical equipment and Stryker video integration. The Neurosurgery Suite is the latest concept in providing expedited care for patients requiring neurovascular intervention. This new hybrid OR allows the patient to be diagnosed and treated with either vascular interventional procedures or open surgery in one room.
  • In the fall of 2011, Kennedy’s outpatient Dialysis Centers in Voorhees and Washington Township, NJ, received “5 Diamond Patient Safety Status” from Quality Insights Renal Network Three (QIRN3). This top distinction places Kennedy’s Dialysis Centers as  two of only 25 programs in Renal Network 3, which oversees 170 units, currently to receive “5 Diamond Status.” QIRN3, a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services End Stage Renal Disease Network, works with more than 170 dialysis facilities, located in three states, to improve both patient and staff awareness by promoting patient safety values and building a culture of patient safety.
  • In January 2012, the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township, NJ, was re-accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) in recognition of its having met voluntary guidelines for diagnostic ultrasound.
  • In the summer of 2012, Kennedy University Hospital was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Kennedy was one of only 620 hospitals in the U.S. named to the list, and one of only 14 in the state of New Jersey.
  • Kennedy’s Washington Township hospital was named a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center in late 2012, one of only two such clinically advanced centers south of Trenton.
  • In April 2014, Kennedy and RadNet, Inc., announced a multi-faceted agreement to provide radiology services throughout southern New Jersey. As part of the agreement, RadNet, through its Imaging On Call subsidiary, provides professional radiology services at Kennedy's three hospitals, as well as at its Outpatient Medical Imaging Center in Washington Township, NJ. These professional radiology services include 24 hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week radiology coverage, both on- and off-site, via tele-radiology services.
  • Kennedy Family Health Services in Somerdale and Washington Township became designated "Reach Out & Read" sites in May 2014, part of a national program that serves more than 2.1 million children annually through the distribution of over 3.4 million books.
  • In Spring 2014, Kennedy was selected as one of The Philly.com Top Workplaces, the only healthcare system in the region to be included in the listing (under the sector of "Hospitals" for Large Employers). The Top Workplace winners are determined based solely on employee feedback.
  • 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 August 2014, Kennedy's Family Health Services location in Somerdale, NJ, received the 2014 Best of Somerdale Award in the Medical Centers category. Somerdale Award Program winners are selected for having enhanced the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
  • Also in 2014, Kennedy received a $194,872 award through the Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield network for quality and safety measures calculated by the Leapfrog Group. The recognition was presented to Kennedy for providing safe, high-quality and effective hospital care to patients.
  • Kennedy also received various accreditations in 2014:
    • Kennedy's Outpatient Dialysis Centers were awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for its End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program by demonstrating compliance with the TJC's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. Certification is a voluntary process.
    • Penn Radiation Oncology at the Kennedy Cancer Center was awarded a three-year re-accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a designation that represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.