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THE LEWIS KATZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
20% of Temple's Medicare inpatient base. TUH's Episcopal
and Northeastern campuses are also based in economically
distressed areas within three miles of the TUH main and
medical school campus.
Given these statistics, Temple University Hospital is an
indispensable provider of health care in the largest city in
America without a public hospital. It serves the greatest volume
and highest percentage of patients covered by Medicaid in
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All Temple physicians,
whether faculty or community based, care for patients covered
by Medicaid in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment
Council, in 2014 Temple provided $29.2 million worth of
charity care (an amount equal to 3.42 percent of its $856
million in net patient revenue, while losing about $5 million
on operations that year).
To illustrate TUH's critical access role for vital public health
services, last year the hospital handled more than 134,000
patients in its Emergency Department; 10,600 patients in its
Psychiatric Crisis Response Center; 2,400 discharges from its
inpatient Behavioral Health unit; 541 victims of gun and stab
violence in its Trauma Unit (the highest number in Pennsylvania);
and more than 230 patients in its Burn Center. TUH also
performed 246 transplants and delivered about 2,900 babies,
of whom 88% were covered by Medicaid.
Temple's Center for Population Health, LLC, (TCPH)
promotes and supports population health in North Philadelphia, aligning its efforts with the United States Department
of Health and Human Services' three-part aim of achieving
better care for patients, better health for communities, and
lower costs through health care system improvement. TCPH
includes an extensive network of Patient Centered Medical
Homes (24 among the community-based Temple Physicians
Inc. practice and three among the Temple University Physician
practices); chronic disease management programs for high-risk
populations utilizing nurse navigators; an extensive inpatient and
outpatient community health worker program, peer coaching,
and a central access center for appointment scheduling and
acute care follow-up. TCPH collaborates closely with TUH to
assure smooth transitions of care, access to community resources
and management of value-based purchasing.
With their education grounded in serving a community
in need, Temple's medical students, and other students in the
health professions, quickly learn the essentials of population
health and value-based care. Their education introduces them
to social entrepreneurship, resource utilization, healthcare
financing, practice guidelines, quality and safety measures, and
team-based care. "Our students, residents and fellows come
to appreciate the unique skills that advanced practice nurses,
physician assistants, physical therapists, dieticians, podiatrists
and others bring to the table - for the patient's best advantage,"
says Dr. Kaiser. "They come to appreciate care models that not only
enhance our ability to care for the sick but to promote wellness."
New Name, Timeless Mission
On October 13, 2015, Temple University School of Medicine took
on a new name when it became the Lewis Katz School of Medicine
at Temple University - honoring Lewis Katz, the late businessman
and philanthropist who was one of Temple's biggest supporters and
most enthusiastic advocates.
"Lewis Katz understood that there's something special about Temple's
brand of clinical care, medical education and medical research - the
power to dramatically improve people's lives in Philadelphia and
beyond," Dr. Kaiser said.
Thousands of people participated in events celebrating this name
change which, Dr. Kaiser says, "joins our school's legacy to the values
that Lewis lived by, and the values which we have always tried to
instill in our students: hard work, dedication, service."
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