Medical Care and Health Services
Greater Philadelphia is home to some of the best medical facilities in the nation and attracts patients and physicians from around the world. Cutting-edge technologies and innovative healthcare treatments have clearly established Greater Philadelphia as the destination for superior medical advances. With more than 115 hospitals, 150 research labs, 200 pharmaceutical and biotech firms, 135 medical manufacturers and six medical schools, Greater Philadelphia ranks as the country's second-largest medical research and education center. Take one look at some of the region's healthcare accolades and you'll agree — our medical resources are extraordinary.
Greater Philadelphia has always been at the forefront of the health services industry. It boasts not only Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first, founded in 1751, but also the first medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1765, and the first hospital in the country dedicated exclusively to pediatric medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, founded in 1855. The region's doctors and institutions have a long list of medical achievements, including the discovery of the Polio, Rabies and Hepatitis B vaccines, the invention of the pacemaker, and the development of the closed incubator for newborns.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is consistently ranked as the best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. The distinguished Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has created a Children's Unit that works with the community in preventing, not just treating, child illnesses. Wills Eye Hospital, the first and the largest hospital in the Western Hemisphere devoted to eye care, is ranked third in the nation for ophthalmology. Staff at the first cancer hospital in the nation, Fox Chase Cancer Center, has won two Nobel Prizes, an Albert Lasker Award and a Kyoto Prize. Deborah Heart and Lung Center, in Burlington County, was the site of the first open-heart surgery, and is now the first facility in the region to perform landmark Ceroplastic procedures. Among other specialties, Temple University Hospital is a national leader in high-risk obstetrics, and has one of the largest lung transplant programs in the country. Magee Rehabilitation was Philadelphia's first rehabilitation hospital and is one of just 16 federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Centers.
As an early leader in the field of medicine, Greater Philadelphia remains on the avant-garde of medical technology and procedures. Not only that, the medical industry positively impacts the region's economy and job growth: 19 of the top 50 leading employers in the region are health or life services companies. At the top of the list, Jefferson Health System employs more than 23,000 people. Nowhere else will you find such a concentration of award-winning medical centers, esteemed doctors and quality patient care.