33rd Annual Charity Ball Raises Nearly $1 Million

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33rd_Annual_Charity_Ball_HonoreesPaterson, NJ [October 22, 2009] – The 33rd Annual Charity Ball sponsored by the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) Foundation was hosted recently at the legendary American Museum of Natural History in New York City. More than 600 guests helped to raise nearly $1 million for the St. Joseph's Healthcare System Capital Campaign.


The Foundation honored three guests. Sr. Jacqueline Burns, SC, Immediate Past Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, SJHS, and Eugene Ged, MD, a prominent physician and Former President of the Board of Trustees, St. Joseph's Foundation, were the recipients of the prestigious 2009 William F. Johnson Awards for distinguished leadership and service to St. Joseph's and the community. Walid Baddoura, MD, President of the SJRMC Medical Staff, and Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship, SJRMC, an esteemed physician and mentor, was the recipient of the 2009 Kendrick P. Lance, MD, Distinguished Physician Award for outstanding service as a St. Joseph's physician. All three of the honorees are pictured here with William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, SJHS.

SJHS To Become Tobacco-Free

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SmokeFreeLgVersionPaterson, NJ [November 17, 2009] - As of November 19, 2009, the date of the traditional Great American Smokeout (GASO), St. Joseph's Healthcare System - which includes St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ, St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital in Wayne, NJ, and St. Vincent's Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, NJ - will be taking the positive step of officially becoming smoke-free, inside and outside.


St. Joseph's Breaks Ground for New Critical Care Building

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Paterson, NJ [December 10, 2009] – Civic leaders and hospital officials broke ground for a new Critical Care Building on the Paterson campus of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in November, marking a major step forward in a five-year, $250 million expansion and renovation investment project launched by St. Joseph's Healthcare System. Guest speakers Congressman Bill Pascrell, 8th District, NJ, and Mayor José "Joey" Torres, City of Paterson, commended the Healthcare System on the project and noted the positive impact on the region and the city. St. Joseph's Healthcare System received a senate citation signed by New Jersey State Senator John A. Girgenti that also praised the organization for breaking ground on the Critical Care Building.


SJWH Acute Rehabilitiation Unit Celebrates Anniversary

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Wayne, NJ (October 27, 2009)– The Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital is celebrating its seventh anniversary of providing acute rehabilitation to the community. The ARU, located on the seventh floor of St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, is the only acute rehabilitation unit in Passaic County.


Patients come to the ARU for rehabilitation after experiencing illness or injury for medical conditions, such as, brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, lower extremity joint replacement, amputation, neurological conditions and cardiac or pulmonary diseases. The 20-bed unit consists of spacious private and semi-private rooms, patient activity rooms, therapy treatment areas, gym and dining room.


Under the medical direction of Suypria Massood, MD, a team of physicians, nurses, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, therapeutic recreational specialist, case managers, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, psychologists and respiratory therapists, work to maximize functional independence by treating the patient's physical, cognitive, social and spiritual needs.


"We encourage the patient and family to be actively involved in decisions about the patient's care at the ARU and beyond," said Linda Cronk, PT, Administrative Director of Rehabilitation Service. "More than 80% of our patients are discharged to the community. To meet the ongoing needs of our patients, the Rehabilitation Department has developed a Stoke Support Group and a Driving and Community Mobility Program".

SJCH Welcomes New Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

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Paterson, NJ (OCTOBER 27, 2009) – St. Joseph's Children's Hospital at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Allan Strongwater, MD, as Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery. His practice, which opened September 21 at 1135 Broad Street, Clifton, New Jersey, serves local, national and international children with a wide spectrum of orthopedic disorders, from common fractures and congenital deformities to neuromuscular conditions and rare diseases. Complex cases hold a special interest for Dr. Strongwater. Recently, he performed a highly complex surgery on a 15-year-old boy at St. Joseph's, utilizing both the innovative Sofield and Boyd reconstruction procedures to correct deformities in the the boy's leg and heel, transforming him from wheelchair bound to walking.


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