Jefferson and Einstein Sign Definitive Agreement to Merge
Einstein Healthcare Network and Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) have entered into a binding definitive agreement to merge. The merger would bring together two historically linked academic medical centers whose shared vision is to improve the lives of patients and their communities.
With the definitive agreement in place, Einstein and Jefferson will move forward in seeking all necessary state and federal regulatory clearances. The definitive agreement comes after Einstein and Jefferson signed a non-binding letter of intent in March.
A merged clinical academic enterprise would host the largest number of residents and fellows in the Greater Philadelphia region, making Jefferson uniquely positioned to educate the healthcare professionals of tomorrow with a multi-hospital clinical rotation unlike any other. The merger would also bring together nationally recognized MossRehab and Magee Rehabilitation, two of U.S. News & World Report’s top-ranked rehabilitation hospitals.
“This is a critical step forward for the students and patients of both institutions and equally as important for our community as a whole,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. “Our joint planning in recent months has reinforced how much Jefferson and Einstein share the values dedicated to re-imagining the future of health, education and discovery. As we move forward, we will be transparent and committed to the community in making this partnership work.”
“Today, the signing of the definitive agreement between Einstein and Jefferson brings us one step closer to merging into a single healthcare system,” said Barry R. Freedman, president and chief executive officer of Einstein Healthcare Network. “Both organizations have a long and storied history in this region and we are excited to bring together our shared vision for delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare and providing exceptional education and training to the physicians of tomorrow.”
Following the integration, Freedman will remain as president and chief executive officer of Einstein while adding the role of executive vice president at Jefferson Health. In this new role, Freedman will help guide the transition and integration efforts of Einstein into the Jefferson system while exploring new strategic initiatives for Jefferson. Klasko will remain the chief executive officer of Jefferson Health with Bruce Meyer, MD, MBA as president of the clinical enterprise.
This merger will enhance the services provided to our patients and their families in the communities we serve, and Einstein will continue living its mission of providing high-quality care with humanity, humility and honor.