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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.

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 also proud of its alliance partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute. Cleveland Clinic is ranked #1 in the nation for heart care since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report. This affiliation 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.


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.

In nearly 100 years of service, Deborah has never issued a bill to a patient. 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.