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Seventh Annual Cooking for Kids: Gourmet Fare from Everywhere

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Chefs Come Together for Children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital


What: An evening replete with exquisite cuisine, food and wine tastings, assorted brews, and much more.

Why: To raise funds for pediatric programs and services at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, located at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.

When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

            6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Westmount Country Club, Woodland Park, NJ

Who: Chefs from all corners of New Jersey and the metropolitan area will offer samplings of their signature dishes.


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Among the guests will be:C4K Chefs with Dr  Lamacchia

Food Network’s Chopped contestant


of Fascino in Montclair, NJ, and Battello in Jersey City, NJ­­, and

NICO Kitchen+Bar at NJPAC in Newark, NJ


Bravo TV’s Top Chef contestant


of CulinAriane in Montclair, NJ


Food Network’s Chopped winner


of Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro Lounge in Montclair, NJ


Food Network’s Sweet Genius contestant


of The Red Cat and The Harrison in New York, NY


Food Network’s Chopped winner


of Morris Tap & Grill, in Randolph, NJ


Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen winner


of The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, NJ


Food Network’s Chopped contestant


of Tony’s Touch of Italy II in Wayne, NJ


and other celebrity chefs to be announced!


Performance by JOE KROWN TRIO featuring the FUNKY METERS



Details: This marks the seventh year of this event, with last year attracting more than 600 guests. There is a fee of $195 for general admission and a fee of $275 for an Exclusive VIP ticket (VIP ticket pre-sale price $250 and General Admission pre-sale price of $175 until March 10).



St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is One of the Nation’s Top 30 Nurse-Friendly Hospitals

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CrossPATERSON, NJ [February 14, 2014] - St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ, a member of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, has been named among of the nation's Top 30 Nurse-Friendly Hospitals by the "Top RN to BSN" website (www.toprntobsn.com).

The prestigious Top 30 Nurse-Friendly Hospitals list showcases the hospitals across the country that are the most nurse-friendly, based on evaluation of the benefits, programs, facilities and overall work environments available to nursing staff. St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's honors narrative includes the additional statement: St. Joseph's "proved its excellence in enhancing the practice of nursing in 2010 when it became the only facility in the world to win the ultimate Magnet honor, the Magnet Prize, that year."

"St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is honored to be recognized among the Top 30 Nurse-Friendly Hospitals in the United States. We are proud of the vibrant and fulfilling work environment at St. Joseph's Healthcare System and our culture of caring for our employees and our patients. The members of our St. Joseph's employee family – which includes more than 800 nurses - are highly respected and regarded for their expertise and quality of character, and encouraged to excel, personally, professionally and on behalf of our organization," stated William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Office at St. Joseph's Healthcare System.

St. Joseph's, ranked 22nd overall, is joined by other top tier organizations including Johns Hopkins Hospital (MD), Mayo Clinic (MN), Cleveland Clinic (OH), Cedar-Sinai Medical Center (CA), Baylor University Medical Center (TX) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MA). St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is one of only two New York - New Jersey hospitals selected for the Top 30 Nurse-Friendly Hospitals list.

"It's fortunate, then, that there are many [hospitals] within the U.S. that really value their nursing staff, providing employees with a host of benefits, support teams and outstanding work environments, all designed to welcome fresh personnel and make them feel valued," noted Amy Bell of Top RN to BSN. "Many of these hospitals have received awards for the quality of their nursing staff and practices, perhaps spurring new nurses to go that extra mile. Besides which, a lot of these facilities also offer educational, training and career advancement programs."

"St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, is a major academic tertiary medical center recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1999 as a Magnet for Nursing Excellence organization. St. Joseph's truly strives to create an enriching and fulfilling nurse-friendly environment for our nursing staff," stated Maria Brennan, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, and Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

St. Vincent's Nursing Home Resident Celebrates Her 107th Birthday

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IMG 0283For Carolyn Deni, a resident at St. Vincent's Nursing Home (SVNH), a member of St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, age isn't a number you hide, but rather one you gladly share – along with the memories of years gone by. At 107 years of age, Carolyn has lived a long and exciting life. Originally of Holyoke, Massachusetts, she is the eldest and only surviving of 9 children born to Sicilian immigrants. From early on, Carolyn had a passion for fashion and worked as a model while still living in Massachusetts. In the early 1940's, she moved to Manhattan, New York, where she worked as a Sales Manager for a stationary company and later as a buyer for Macy's. Carolyn never married and never had any children. She lived in Manhattan alone until she was 99 years old – over 50 years – before moving to SVNH in New Jersey in 2006.

"She has obviously gotten great care here at St. Vincent's. She is very happy and treated wonderfully well," said Holly Deni (resident of Little Falls), Carolyn's niece, in regards to her Aunt's continued longevity. Holly, who visits her aunt often, came by to help celebrate and Carolyn was noticeably thrilled. Holly served her aunt a piece of chocolate birthday cake, her favorite, and reveled, "That's another secret to a long life... never say no to a piece of cake." With a big bite and a wide smile Carolyn then looked around the room and said, "Everything is beautiful."


Pictured with Ms. Deni in celebration of her birthday are (left to right) Holly Deni; and Edgardo Adoptante, Activities Assistant, SVNH.

William A. McDonald Receives Faith in Paterson Award

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St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Leader Honored by the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Center Fold for the webPATERSON, NJ - William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS) is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Faith in Paterson award presented by the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) during the Chamber’s 105th Annual Gala on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The Faith in Paterson award is presented to a person or business that has demonstrated an exceptional investment in the Greater Paterson economy through development, programs and other initiatives.

“I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Faith in Paterson award, positive recognition and appreciation that St. Joseph’s efforts to revolutionize healthcare is also revitalizing our community,” stated Mr. McDonald. “For nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System has been a staple of the City of Paterson and a leader in our state’s healthcare industry. St. Joseph’s is an outstanding healthcare resource and faith-based advocate, driven by a strong mission and global vision that will remain focused on providing the best services available,” he added.

To meet a growing demand for inpatient and outpatient services, Mr. McDonald spearheaded a major $250 million facilities renovation and expansion of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center highlighted by the completion of the new ultramodern Critical Care Building with pediatric, adult and geriatric emergency departments, multiple critical care floors, operating suites and a roof-top helipad. Projects also include the regional medical center’s main lobby and conference center with circular drive and adjacent parking garage, an outpatient lobby entrance and reception area, the DePaul Ambulatory Care Center for adult and pediatric outpatients, and renovation of all patient care units.

Revitalization in South Paterson includes initiatives surrounding the hospital in Redevelopment Area Number 11, for which St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center was designated official developer several years ago by the City of Paterson. In addition to projects taking place on the hospital campus itself, Area 11 redevelopment projects include a medical high school, luxury style housing at Barclay and Courtland Streets, condominiums at Courtland and Camden Streets, behavioral health residential housing on Barclay Street, professional office space at Main and Levine Streets, a Walgreens Pharmacy on Main Street, medical office space at Hine Street, and an adult day care facility on Marshall Street.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare System received designation as a clinical branch campus of New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System in the Fall of 2013. In January 2014, Medical Missions for Children, headquartered at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and The Hampshire Group announced the construction of two towers. One structure, located on the corner of Main and Levine Streets, will house the New York Medical College Regional Branch Campus at St. Joseph’s and a physicians’ office building. The second tower, located on the St. Joseph’s campus adjacent to the medical center will house the Hamiltonian Conference and Banquet Center, a full service Hilton Garden Inn, as well as two restaurants.

According to GPCC President Jamie Dykes, the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce is honoring Mr. McDonald and his work at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center because of the tremendous leadership “in developing the area around the hospital. Paterson will not only greatly benefit from the added services, but also from the amount of jobs that will become available through St. Joseph’s initiatives as well as a significant boost to Paterson’s tax base.”

Mr. McDonald received his undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice/Criminology from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, the flagship of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in May 2004. He was subsequently named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in 2006, bringing more than 30 years of expertise and experience in executive level healthcare management to his position at St. Joseph’s.

“Since joining the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System family ten years ago, it has been my privilege and priority to enhance the scope of services and environments for healing at St. Joseph’s, while also enhancing our greater campus and the neighboring South Paterson community,” added Mr. McDonald.

St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital Collaborates with Rutgers University

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Researchers Add Virtual Reality Games to Stroke Rehabilitation 

Robotic RehabAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 Americans have strokes every year. Rehabilitation specialists at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital (SJWH) are working with researchers at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, to study how stroke patients may improve outcomes by using virtual reality games and robots in their rehabilitation. Only three studies of intensive hand rehabilitation in the first few weeks after a stroke have ever been conducted in the world. Facilitated by The Research Institute at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, the study at SJWH is the second of its kind to ever be conducted in the United States.

"Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability among Americans, and we are constantly looking for new, more effective ways to rehabilitate stroke patients," says Supriya Massood, DO, Medical Director, Acute Rehabilitation Unit, SJWH. "The technology brought here by the Rutgers team offers a possible new approach to hand and arm rehabilitation, which may help patients recover faster, stay motivated and regain daily living skills."

The team uses a series of virtual reality games and robotics to personalize rehabilitation. "We use this technology to adjust to the patient's changing abilities and to make the rehabilitation more effective," says Gerard Fluet, PhD, Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. "In the future, patients may be able to use this kind of rehab immediately in the hospital as well as at home. We hope to see faster results, with the bonus that the clinical team can collect data to further personalize the rehab regimen."

Fluet went on to describe how SJWH was chosen for this study, "We looked at hospitals to conduct this study and St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital was the perfect choice. The high levels of communication and attention to patient care were what helped make our decision. Open communication is crucial for this study."

For more information about the acute rehab services at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, please call 973.389.4099 or CLICK HERE.

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