From Our Executive VP
We improve lives.
At Jefferson, We improve lives is our mission. It’s what we do. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning and come to work.
In a mission statement, one typically considers the verb and its object as defining what the organization stands for and strives to accomplish. But I want to look at the subject: the we. After all, there’s always a we who carries out the mission.
Jefferson is, of course, a big organization. It’s a healthcare enterprise, an academic institution, and a research undertaking. But Jefferson is more than three elements comprising a single organization. Jefferson Health includes the combined hospitals and practices of Abington, Aria, Kennedy and Jefferson. Our university encompasses Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. And our research initiatives bring together interdisciplinary, cross-professional investigators to make the kinds of breakthroughs that transform our world. We improve lives by reimagining health, education and discovery to create unparalleled value, and we do it for patients, students, their families, the whole community.
The we of Jefferson are collaborators who are thinking differently about a future that starts right now with next-generation clinical care, forward-looking education, and frontier-crossing research that brings the best ideas to people who need them. It starts at the top with our dedicated Board of Trustees and the leadership of our dynamic president and CEO, Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, and spreads downward to skilled and compassionate physicians and nurses; talented professors and educators; remarkable scientists, scholars and entrepreneurs; and the dedicated staff who support everything Jefferson is about. The Jefferson family is our patients, students, alumni, benefactors, community members, and friends far and wide too.
You can be a part of Jefferson’s mission to improve lives. By making a philanthropic investment, you can help Jefferson heal and promote wellness, train new kinds of leaders for a different kind of future, and advance discovery for a brighter tomorrow. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me (email@example.com or 215-503-5138) to find out how you can join us.
Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA
Executive Vice President and
Chief Advancement Officer
Office of Institutional Advancement
Elizabeth traveled to Haiti with the Jefferson Head and Neck Surgery "CHANCE" team. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and lacks many healthcare basics that can be taken for granted. For three years, the CHANCE team has been traveling there to provide complex head and neck care and education, and hope to the people of Haiti.
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