3rd Annual Wine Women & Shoes Event Supports Birth Defects Services at SJCH

WWS 2014 PhotoThe 3rd Annual Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser, a benefit to support the Alfiero & Lucia Palestroni Birth Defects Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson will be held Thursday, December 3rd at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, NJ. This festive evening kicks off with a VIP Reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Signature Event at 7:00 p.m.

Wine Women & Shoes brings together world class wines and high fashion shopping, all for a good cause and just in time for the holiday shopping season. Guests will be able to shop the latest trends in a multi-designer marketplace full of luxury vendors including Saks Fifth Avenue of Short Hills, Reve Boutique and Marcia’s Attic for Kids of Englewood, South Moon Under and That Look Boutique of Woodcliff Lake, Sal Lauretta for Men of Midland Park, Ivanka’s of Wyckoff, P. Smith & Co. of Ridgewood, Maya J. Jewelry of Hawthorne, NY and Handmade by Heather. The event will also feature a high end silent auction, a Best in Shoe Contest, a Key to the Closet drawing and new this year – a Men’s Den for male guests.

Co-Chairs for Wine Women & Shoes 2015, an exciting fundraising event to benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, are Donna DeCandido of Montvale and Maryanne Puccio of Rockleigh.

Last year’s Wine Women & Shoes event raised over $100,000 to support St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital services with more than 400 guests in attendance. VIP tickets and tables for this year’s event are sold out, but there are sponsorship opportunities and general admission tickets still available at $125 per person. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, please visit http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/StJosephs or call the St. Joseph’s Foundation Office at 973.754.4408.

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH) is a state-designated children’s hospital offering a broad spectrum of advanced services for patients from birth to 21 years of age and their families. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, SJCH is recognized for its high standards of quality, responsive and compassionate care designed to meet the needs of the whole child. For more information about St. Joseph’s Health, please visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.747.SJH (7547).

Caption for photo: Members of the Wine Women & Shoes committee at the 2014 fundraiser to benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital are, left to right, Mary Lull of Montvale; Samantha Mallias, formerly of Montvale; Gina Celli of Montvale; Debbie Curcio of Montvale; Co-Chair Donna DeCandido of Montvale; Mary Boyajian of Montvale; Jennifer DeBello of Mahwah; Brenda Esposito of Montvale; and Co-Chair Maryanne Puccio of Rockleigh. 


Robert Hood, Named Vice President of Population Management at SJH

Robert Hood Named VP of Population Management at SJHSt. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of Robert Hood as Vice President of Population Management.

In his role, Mr. Hood will be organizing and preparing both the organization and our physicians to be successful in the rapidly changing environment that is shifting financial risk to the providers.

Mr. Hood has had a distinguished and multi-faceted healthcare career as an executive and consultant working in hospitals, ambulatory care companies, small and large physician practices, as well as hospital physician networks. Most recently Mr. Hood served as Vice President of Network Management NYC and Northeast U.S. for United Health Group/Optum, and President, North American Medical Management (NAMM-IL), where he was responsible for establishing and managing Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) and guiding them through risk arrangements with payers.

Previous roles included working with the Healthcare Advisory Board as a Chief Administrative Officer and Network Coordinator with the 450+ NYC physician group Advantage Care Physicians; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Essex Valley Healthcare/ East Orange General Hospital; Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital, Passaic, NJ; President of SSM Ambulatory Care and SSM Primary Care (part of the Northwest NJ market for SSM Healthcare Ministries) where he managed the 390 physician Northwest Physician Organization (IPA) and the 50 physician Northwest Medical Group; Senior Vice President of Operations for a $160M imaging company, and Assistant Administrator and later Administrator of Montgomery Hospital (282 bed community hospital and health system in PA).

Mr. Hood is a certified financial planner (CFP) who earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Rutgers University and his MBA in Health and Hospital Administration from the University of Florida.


SJH Earns ‘A’ Grades in Leapfrog’s National Hospital Safety Score

LeapfrogAn announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. St. Joseph’s Health hospitals – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center – each earned top scores of “A” in this elite national ratings program, recognizing St. Joseph’s strong commitment to patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Patient safety is the priority at St. Joseph’s Health and we are proud that both St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, including St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center are recognized with top scores of “A” by The Leapfrog Group for the excellence of the safe, high quality care we provide to our patients,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Health.

“As a mission-driven organization and the first four-time Magnet Recognized (for Nursing excellence) Catholic hospital in the nation to fulfill the rigorous requirements of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Quality Management certification, St. Joseph’s Health is fully committed to providing clinically-advanced high quality, safe and compassionate care as we heal the bodies, minds and spirits of all those who turn to us in their time of need,” added Mr. Slavin.

“St. Joseph’s University Medical Center/St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center “A” grades are powerful reminders of St. Joseph’s commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge St. Joseph’s Health hospitals – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center/St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center and all other “A” hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.” 

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see St. Joseph’s University Medical Center’s and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 

October 28, 2015


Hospital to Court Program

NJBIA 2015 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE adThe Hospital to Court program is designed to meet the unique needs of victims of domestic violence who seek treatment, support and safety available at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center.

Through this program, injured victims – women and men of all ages – can access legal protections from the local court while also having the capability of seeking care for their often emergent trauma issues – body, mind and spirit.

If the patient chooses, access is provided via a portable computer-based (video) link from a private setting at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center to a Passaic Court (Passaic Vicinage) judge or hearing officer. The court official will take testimony from the victim and decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO). The court will then send the order to the victim while at the hospital. With a TRO, a legal protection order, in hand, the victim can be escorted home by a police officer.

Hospital to Court connectivity at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is available 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year. Services are provided in a caring, nonjudgmental setting, where people are free to voice their concerns and have these needs addressed.

Initiated in 2008, the program was first available to Emergency Department patients only. It was extended to the Pediatric Emergency Department (patients to age 23) and later to the Obstetrics/Gynecology Department, which serves pregnant patients with emergent medical conditions. Facilitated by a rolling telecommunications bridge, it is now readily available at locations across the hospital.

In 2015, the program, originally available during court hours, was expanded to around- the-clock accessibility, due to need.

The idea to initiate the Hospital to Court program at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center grew from discussions between hospital staff and Passaic County court officials in 2008. The Program kicked off in 2009, providing Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) to patients seen in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s. Soon, the program was expanded, upon request, to other departments. Connectivity is currently initiated from a rolling telecommunications link, as needed, in units across the medical center. In 2015, St. Joseph’s began facilitating TROs to patients who meet the TRO criteria through the Paterson Police Department, 24/7, 365-days.

A model for other similar programs, Hospital to Court at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is being adopted by other hospitals across New Jersey and around the country. It has been promoted by National Public Radio, Catholic Health World, Computerworld, NJ Monthly, and other media and a 2015 New Jersey Business and Industry Association Awards for Excellence, Community Service category winner and a 2015 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes, Innovation/Organization category finalist.


Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Pediatric Emergency room at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has an annual patient volume of over 40,000 visits. It provides children with the specialized care they need in a warm and friendly environment. The Pediatric ER facility has a separate entrance and waiting room with dedicated registration and triage areas.

The Pediatric Emergency Room at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is staffed by specialists who are dually trained in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. The registered nurses and other staff have specialized pediatric training and experience to recognize and treat conditions unique to children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Upon discharge from the Emergency Room, a discharge summary is sent to the treating Pediatrician to ensure continuity of care.

Programs and Services

  • Level II Trauma Center
  • Helicopter Transport
  • Dedicated Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Services

New Commissioner of Health Visits St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

Commissioner of HealthSt. Joseph’s Health (SJH) proudly welcomed Cathleen Bennett, New Jersey’s new acting Commissioner of Health, to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson. Commissioner Bennett was greeted by SJH President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Slavin, who led her on a tour through many of St. Joseph’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Among the locations visited was the newly expanded DePaul Center at St. Joseph’s, a community-based outpatient facility which supports approximately 100,000 patient visits each year. The culmination of five years of planning and construction, the new DePaul Center offers a holistic approach to medical and dental clinic care in a 59,200+ square foot location. Services such as dental and orthodontic services, counseling, education/testing services and a blood laboratory, are now conveniently available at one location across the street from the Regional Medical Center.

Commissioner Bennett also visited additional units within the hospital including the Emergency Department, one of the busiest in the country, and the Same Day Ambulatory Surgery Center, a free standing ambulatory surgery center with the safety and advanced specialties of a hospital-based facility, new in 2015. During the tour, Commissioner Bennett had to opportunity to interact with administrators, physicians, nurses and other support staff.

September 30, 2015



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