Jefferson and Aria Health Now Operating As One

Board members of Jefferson and Aria at the merger signing at the Aria Health Torresdale Campus in Northeast Philadelphia. | Photo: Angela Showell

Jefferson Health COO Laurence Merlis, Aria Board of Directors Chair Robert Truitt, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health Stephen Klasko, Aria CEO Kathleen Kinslow and Jefferson Board of Trustees Chair Richard Hevner at the merger signing. | Photo: Angela Showell

Surrounded by a cheery crowd of medical workers and students, the board members of Jefferson Health and Aria Health signed off on their long-awaited merger today, forming a $4.5 billion organization that they say will improve health care access for patients across the city and in the neighboring suburbs.

The announcement comes about one year following Jefferson’s merge with Montgomery County’s Abington Health, the first major partnership under the Jefferson’s president and chief executive officer, Stephen Klasko.

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10 Philly Hospitals Ranked by Reputation

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) (Sage Ross/Wikimedia Commons)

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) (Sage Ross/Wikimedia Commons)

Hospitals are often ranked by physician ratings, patient experience or level of expertise in a specialty. But what about community perception? In today’s new world of the Affordable Care Act, consumers are much more involved in healthcare choices — and that often includes which health system or hospital to use.

So Market Strategies International ranked Philadelphia hospitals based on community perception in a newly released study. Read more »

Sweetgreen Lands Center City Location

Sweetgreen comes to Center City.

Photo via sweetgreen

Sweetgreen, the farm-to-table quick serve salad spot has been looking for a Center City location since it landed in University City in 2011. And now comes word that D.C. based chain has secured a lease at 924 Walnut Street in the former home of Bonte Coffee.

Sweetgreen [Official Site]

Free Flu Shots for Restaurant Workers

The Restaurant Opportunities Center is joining up with Thomas Jefferson University to provide free flu shots to restaurant workers. The vaccinations will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd from noon to 4 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center for Urban Health. 211 South 9th St, Suite 313.

To sign up for a flu shot, fill out this online form, call 215-867-9747 or email

This season’s flu season is being called the worst in a decade and Philadelphia has been particularly hard hit.

Spotted: Union Protesters at Cheu Noodle Bar

CHEUsmall_biggerThe under construction Cheu Noodle Bar (255 S 10th Street) is facing union protesters today and had them yesterday as well. We’ve seen union protesters over the past few months at the Corner Foodery site and Philadelphia Cupcake at 20th and South.

Has anyone spotted them at any other Philadelphia restaurant construction sites recently?

First Bite: Bibimbop at Rice & Mix

Rice & Mix has softly opened at 1207 Walnut Street. Rice & Mix is Yong Chi’s sequel to Giwa on Sansom Street. The Walnut Street spot is open for lunch and dinner six days a week and offers many of the same dishes in Giwa, but in a much roomier 60-seat restaurant.

Today I stopped in for lunch and tried the hot stone bowl bibimbop with spicy pork. To anyone familiar who is a fan of Giwa, the sizzling bowl will be a welcome sight. The Stone bowl arrived via a service cart (no dropping searing hot bowls) with carrots, bok choy, egg, sprouts and the pork. It didn’t bring as much heat as I might have liked, but the spicy sauce on the side added some spice to the dish.

In addition to the bibimbop (available in a regular bowl or for $3 more, in a sizzling bowl) the menu also offers:

  • Dup Bop – protein over rice
  • Soon Du Bu – Soft tofu stew with vegetables
  • Jap Chae – Vermicelli noodles with vegetables
  • Galbi – Grilled beef short rib

Full menu and more photos »

Square Peg Looking for Models, Wall Art

The forthcoming Square Peg is holding an open casting call for models (any and all ages, height, etc.) to be shot for their Americana wall art.

In particular the Walnut Street restaurant is looking for:

  • Farmland circa 1950s
  • Prohibition era
  • World War II era factory and industrial.

Submissions are being accepted via email through Tuesday, February 14th at 5 p.m.

Selected models will receive a $25 gift certificate to Square Peg and must be available for the photo shoot, scheduled for February 20th for one hour between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Square Peg [Official Site]

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