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St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Appoints Director of Business Development

September 08, 2011

Lydia Hammer has been appointed Director of Business Development of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. In this position she is responsible for developing and managing St. Christopher’s strategic positioning and business development efforts, including strategic planning, service line and program planning, network development and affiliate management, marketing and communications and physician relationship management.

Ms. Hammer has over 25 years of experience in health care strategy and business development, and advising hospital executives and boards on business models to support expansion and growth.

Ms. Hammer most recently served as a partner in the Healthcare Strategy Division of Kurt Salmon Associates, an international consulting firm, where she provided consultation to major hospitals and health systems nationally, including academic medical centers, multi-hospital systems and children’s hospitals.

She previously served as a partner and executive vice president of the Katz Consulting Group, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., a boutique national health care strategy consulting firm.

Hammer earned a Master’s of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in health policy, planning and administration. She currently serves as a board member of the Supportive Older Women’s Network and the Women’s Way Community Women’s Fund, and is a member of multiple national health care organizations.

“Lydia’s proven track record in health care strategy, business development and strategic positioning will help support St. Christopher’s continued growth and expansion so that we can serve more patients and their families throughout the region,” says Carolyn Jackson, chief executive officer.

Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine.

The 189-bed hospital is committed to delivering high quality family- and patient-centered care to children from throughout the Philadelphia area and around the world. Its highly acclaimed programs include its Level I Pediatric Trauma Center; Level IIIC NICU, which is the highest NICU designation; Heart Center, Oncology/Transplant; as well as its Burn Center, which is the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the area. In 2009, St. Christopher’s achieved Magnet status, which is one of the nation's highest forms of recognition for nursing excellence, and numerous St. Chris physicians were recognized in regional publications as being “Top Docs” in their fields.

To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit St. Christopher’s can also be found on Facebook at or on Twitter at


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