A Message From the President June 30, 2022
Our Commitment to Community Health
Dear Members of the PCOM Community:
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a 188-bed pediatric acute care hospital in North Philadelphia, has received commitments
for substantial financial support from some of Philadelphia’s most prominent healthcare
and higher education organizations to help ensure the hospital continues to remain
an essential community asset.
I am pleased to announce that PCOM is among those public and private donors who will
contribute up to $50 million in financial support to the hospital. This extraordinary
support from some of the region's leading institutions, including Temple University
Health System, Einstein/Jefferson Health, Independence Blue Cross, and Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia, will help create financial stability for a hospital that
provides exceptional pediatric care to an underserved community facing significant,
longstanding obstacles to accessing quality health care.
This agreement will provide PCOM with representation on St. Christopher's board of
trustees as well as ultimately establish an academic affiliation agreement to provide
PCOM students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs with valuable clinical learning opportunities in pediatrics. St. Christopher's
is and will continue to be owned and operated as a partnership of Tower Health and
So many of us recognize the excellent work St. Christopher's is doing—and has done—throughout
the Greater Philadelphia area for nearly 150 years. More than 30,000 children depend
on St. Christopher’s for primary and specialty care and 70,000 children are served
annually by the hospital's emergency department. Its mission is also consistent with
PCOM's: a commitment to improving community health through quality and compassionate
care while sustaining clinical education opportunities for future healthcare providers.
I look forward to sharing more details on this initiative in the coming months, and
thank you for your continued commitment to advancing the health needs of our region.
Jay S. Feldstein, DO '81
President and Chief Executive Officer