Temple and St. Christopher’s announce affiliation on pediatric programs

Temple University, the Temple University Health System (TUHS) and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children today announced a 25-year affiliation in which Temple’s School of Medicine pediatric physicians and faculty will practice and teach at St. Christopher’s. Temple also will conduct its clinical training program in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s.


Emergency pediatric care, neonatal intensive care and outpatient or primary pediatric care (including medical, dental, and podiatric) will continue to be provided at Temple’s Health Sciences Center on North Broad Street, but inpatient pediatric care and selected outpatient services now provided by Temple University Children’s Medical Center will be provided by St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

The parties have been negotiating a long-term academic and clinical affiliation agreement regarding pediatric training, research and clinical care since July 1. The agreement, to be implemented in stages and completed by end of the year, is part of an effort to enhance financial performance while ensuring continued high-quality medical care, education and research.

“Temple’s affiliation with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children will benefit the children of Philadelphia by continuing without interruption the high-quality pediatric education, research and care for which both Temple and St. Christopher’s are known,” said Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart.

A subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) operates St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Tenet Healthcare Corporation Chief Operating Officer Stephen L. Newman, M.D., said, “We are delighted with this new affiliation with Temple University School of Medicine. The affiliation strengthens the educational environment at St. Christopher’s and provides expanded clinical care for teaching medical students and residents. We look forward to working with Temple. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children will remain the primary pediatric education partner for Drexel University College of Medicine, as we continue to provide quality medical education for tomorrow’s pediatric specialists.”

Bernadette Mangan, chief executive officer of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, said, “We are pleased to be working with Temple in providing excellent pediatric care for the children in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area. We have been working diligently with Temple for the past several months to complete this affiliation including evaluating the necessary resources. As a result of this evaluation, St. Christopher’s will undergo a physical expansion including 18 additional beds and two new operating room suites. We are looking at our long-range facility needs to ensure that we have a comprehensive plan in place.”

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has also extended its current affiliation with Drexel University College of Medicine through the year 2037. “We are pleased to extend our long-standing academic relationship with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and continue Drexel’s outstanding medical education programs for our medical students and residents," said Dean of Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Richard Homan. “We look forward to collaborations with Temple faculty, which will serve to enhance the patient care at St. Christopher’s Hospital and provide the very best healthcare for children in our region.”

St. Christopher’s Hospital, which is 1.5 miles and five minutes away from Temple University Hospital, provides outstanding medical care to children from across the city, throughout the region and around the nation. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been serving the healthcare needs of the Philadelphia community for more than 130 years. It is a member of the Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) family of hospitals.

The building that houses Temple University Children’s Medical Center, where the average daily patient census is less than two dozen children, will be redeployed for other healthcare delivery services, with the specific uses to be determined. The agreement will include the reassignment of physicians and staff between the institutions. Overall, some 35 administrative and staff positions will be eliminated. Those who are directly affected will receive assistance in locating other employment.

Temple is committed to preserving its long-standing clinical and academic affiliations with Shriners Hospital for Children, located adjacent to Temple’s Health Sciences Center.

About St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is a 170-bed pediatric hospital located at Erie Avenue at Front Street in Philadelphia, Pa., that has an academic affiliation with Drexel University College of Medicine. The hospital provides a wide range of pediatric medical and surgical specialties. With a medical staff of more than 270 pediatric specialists, St. Christopher's is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and provides programs such as kidney transplantation, cancer treatment, burn and wound care, minimally invasive surgery, and open heart surgery for the children of the greater Philadelphia area and from around the world. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s Hospitals in the Philadelphia market. To learn more about St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, visit