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The Deborah Story

Deborah Heart and Lung Center is New Jersey’s premier provider of high-quality heart, lung and vascular care that is innovative, compassionate, and patient-focused. The Deborah Story traces its history back to 1922 when the hospital was founded as a tuberculosis sanatorium and pulmonary center. Thousands of TB patients were medically treated and successfully cured by a heroic team of Deborah physicians driven by compassion.

See a timeline of Deborah’s first 100 years.

History of Deborah

Time MagazineHistoric Clinical Leadership

With the development of antibiotic treatments like streptomycin and the eradication of TB, Deborah began expanding its focus to other chest diseases. Dr. Charles Bailey, a pioneer in heart surgery, performed the hospital’s first open-heart surgeries in 1958 (one on an adult and one on a child), which were also the first procedures of their kind in New Jersey. The specialization in cardiac diseases was immediately embraced, transforming Deborah into New Jersey’s only cardiac and pulmonary specialty hospital.

Next Generation Healing

Today, Deborah offers leading-edge surgical techniques and non-surgical procedures for diagnosing and treating all forms of cardiac, vascular and pulmonary diseases in adults, as well as congenital and acquired heart defects in adults and children.

Cleveland Clinic AllianceDeborah Heart and Lung Center is an alliance member of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. Cleveland Clinic’s heart program is nationally ranked. This alliance allows for the sharing of best practices, enhancing opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, as well as exploring cutting-edge technologies and techniques in cardiac care that accelerate advances in heart and vascular treatments for patients in the Delaware Valley.

We believe in partnerships and collaborations with organizations that share the same commitment of improving the health of the community. This strengthens the entire continuum of care for patients from enhancing access to important services to providing patient-centered care.

Partnering with additional organizations like Capital Health, Cooper University Health Care, Ivy Rehab, SerenaGroup and Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University allows our campus to be a health and wellness resource for the South Jersey community. We serve together to bring high-quality compassionate care close to home.

A Foundation Built on Giving

Incorporated in 1974, Deborah Hospital Foundation is the fundraising entity for Deborah Heart and Lung Center.

The Deborah Foundation relies annually on the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and membership organizations to support the life-saving care provided by the Center.

Throughout our over 100 year history, Deborah has never issued a bill to a patient at 200 Trenton Road. Although we accept insurance, there is no co-pay, deductible, balance bills or any out-of-pocket expense for the care you receive at Deborah. We never want our patients to make medical decisions based on their personal finances. So, through the steadfast efforts of our generous Family of Donors, that financial burden is lifted from our patients and covered through philanthropy.

Terms & Conditions

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