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Jefferson Health, New Jersey History, Facts and Figures

Facts & Figures

2017 Facts, Figures & Achievements

To see facts, figures and achievements from each New Jersey hospital campus, please download the campus fliers below.

Kennedy Health History

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

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 Primary 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 Surgery Center, opened in Washington Township. That same year, Family Health Centers – geared toward providing care for the underserved members of the South Jersey community – opened in Somerdale and Washington Township, NJ.
  • In early 1997, Kennedy's name changed to the Kennedy Health System. Its three hospitals operate as Kennedy Memorial Hospitals – University Medical Center. (The name would change again in 2015).
  • In 1998, a free-standing outpatient Dialysis Center on 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 the spring of 2002, the new $21-million Kennedy Cancer Center/Outpatient Medical Imaging Center opened in Washington Township.
  • In February 2003, a new $23.4-million Emergency Department opened in Washington Township.
  • In September 2006, an in-hospital hospice unit at Kennedy – Stratford opened.
  • In February 2008, a modernized Maternity Center, featuring 22 private rooms, opened in Washington Township.
  • In February 2009, the $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 Kennedy Health Alliance – a patient-friendly network of primary and specialty care offices – was launched. Today, there are dozens of KHA practices throughout southern New Jersey.
  • In August 2011, the renovated Cherry Hill Emergency Department opened. This $9.7 million 5,000 square-foot expansion project greatly increased the size of the existing ED.
  • 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, in the creation of a new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Kennedy Heart Center in Washington Township.
  • In January 2015, Kennedy’s branding and name changed to Kennedy Health. Its three hospitals operate as Kennedy University Hospital.
  • In April 2015, ground was broken for the $65-million Phase I campus revitalization at Kennedy – Cherry Hill. The overall $200-plus million project includes a new medical office building, enclosing parking facility and new hospital atrium lobby. A Topping-Off Ceremony was held in May 2016, and the Grand Opening of Phase I is planned for May 2017. Phase II will feature a new inpatient pavilion with all-private rooms and is slated for completion in 2019.
  • In July 2015, Kennedy opened its first FastCare walk-in health clinic at the Audubon Acme store.
  • In December 2015, Kennedy Health announced its new palliative care program, operated in conjunction with Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, which serves as the health system’s preferred provider.
  • In January 2016, Kennedy Health and Jefferson signed a Letter of Intent announcing a planned merger that will shape the future of health care in southern New Jersey. In August 2016, a Definitive Agreement, outlining details of the merger, was signed. The merger proposal is currently in the approval phase at the state and federal levels.
  • 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 July 2016, Kennedy officially became a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson.
  • In September 2015, Kennedy was named a national “Sepsis Hero” by the Sepsis Alliance for its life-saving program that has been featured regionally and nationally (“The Doctors” TV program).
  • In early 2017, Kennedy announced future plans for its Washington Township campus to include a new parking garage and hospital patient tower.