Sitting on a 68-acre campus in the city of Upland, CrozerChester Medical Center is Crozer Health’s flagship hospital and Delaware County’s premier destination for advanced clinical care.
The 302-bed tertiary care teaching hospital is the only hospital in the Philadelphia suburbs with a comprehensive emergency department (ED), trauma center and burn treatment center. It’s also home to the county’s first cardiothoracic surgery program, the widely renowned Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI) at Crozer Health, the largest group of psychiatrists in the region, a crisis center for patients needing mental health care, and a comprehensive range of specialty and tertiary care services, including robotic-assisted surgeries and kidney transplantation. In 2021, it was certified by The Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center, the first in Delaware County and one of only 200 in the country.
A regional medical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Crozer-Chester also trains the next generation of physicians and other health care providers through undergraduate, residency, fellowship, and allied health medical education programs.
“Crozer-Chester Medical Center is essential to the life of this community,” said Jenny Santiago, the hospital’s chief operating officer. “Our surrounding communities in Upland and Chester are very under- resourced. This hospital is here to serve their health care needs at every stage of their lives.”
Established in 1963 through the merger of Chester Hospital (c. 1893) and Crozer Hospital (c. 1902), Crozer-Chester Medical Center became one of the founding hospitals of Crozer Health in 1990. Today, the medical center admits more than 19,000 patients, treats approximately 53,000 ED patients, and delivers about 1,700 babies a year. In addition to offering advanced clinical services, Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s long history of serving the community means it holds a special place in the hearts of many residents. The hospital is a powerful economic engine and a major employer in Delaware County.
“The hospital is a vital part of our community. It not only provides employment opportunities, its presence in the community also provides hope and reassurance to residents that if they or a family member require emergent/specialist services, they’re only minutes away,” said Susan Harris-McGovern, CEO of ChesPenn Health Services, a network of nonprofit federally qualified health centers, with two clinics in Delaware County. “Members of the community can rest assured when they walk through those doors they are in a safe and caring environment where they will receive the health care services they need from medical providers they trust.”
“Crozer-Chester Medical Center gives us access to great health care,” said Elaine Greene-Upton, Director of Workforce Development for Chester Education Foundation, and a Chester resident. “They have top-notch specialists who really care about you as an individual, as well as outstanding doctors and nurses. They’re part of our community and they’re committed to making our community healthy.”
The medical center attracts especially dedicated physicians, nurses, and other clinicians, according to Richard J. Hamilton, MD, Crozer Health’s Chief Academic Officer, who chairs the health system’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Every health care provider at Crozer-Chester Medical Center has a calling to care for the underserved,” he said. “They wouldn’t be here if that were not important to them. At Crozer-Chester, they have the opportunity to care for one of the most diverse communities in the area and to really make a difference.”
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