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Rededication of the St. Joseph's Healthcare and Rehab Center Chapel

Chapel Rededication

St. Joseph's Healthcare and Rehab Center (SJHRC), formally St. Joseph's Nursing Home, a division of St. Joseph's Health, recently honored the rededication of its Chapel, a special place for residents, visitors, family and staff to pray, celebrate and find comfort in times of need. The Rededication took place in the newly renovated chapel and was attended by Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, residents, employees and executive staff. Speakers and special guests (pictured below left to right) included Fr. Martin Rooney, Director, Mission Services, SJH; Deborah Quinn-Martone, Administrator, SJHRC; Sr. Rosemary Moynihan, SC, General Superior, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth; Sr. Elizabeth Noonan, SC, Volunteer and Former Chaplain, SJHRC; Sr. Anita William O’Neill, SC, Former Chaplain, SJHRC; Sr. Patricia Mennor, SC, Vice President, Mission, SJH; Sr. Kathleen Quigley, SC, Chaplain, SJHRC; Sr. Marilyn Thie, SC, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, SJH; Kevin Slavin, President and CEO, SJH; and Sr. Jane Frances Brady, SC, Former President, SJH.

SJHRC Chapel Rededication


St. Joseph's MCRU Counteracts the Threats & Emergencies of the Modern World

MCRU Image for WebHealthcare System introduces the next evolution of its mass care response service – providing one of New Jersey’s most unique emergency response units for potential mass-casualty situations

After five successful years serving the City of Paterson as well as Passaic County with in-the-field disaster and emergency medical care, St. Joseph’s Health’s Mass Care Response Unit (MCRU) is again evolving to help address needs and save lives in a new age of mass-casualty situations. What started as a means of responding to large scale events in the aftermath of 9-11, quickly grew to supporting emergency services agencies in all aspects of field operations. Such was the case with the Paterson Fire Department where on-site treatment of fire victims as well as firefighters and rescue teams has evolved into a mobile emergency care “treatment facility” - available anywhere, in any weather, and at any time. The MCRU is specifically designed to handle the situations the world sees today, from potential terrorist attacks in sporting arenas that hold tens of thousands to natural emergencies like Superstorm Sandy. 

“No doubt, 9-11 was a game changer in how we all think about and prepare for disasters,” said Bob Bertollo, Program Manager for Emergency Response Operations at St. Joseph’s Health. “Each time we hear about incidents in the news, it hits a little closer to home and everyone starts thinking with even greater conviction that ‘we could be next’. Therefore, we re-focused the mission of our Mass Care Response Unit driven by this same thought… if our community is next, we are better prepared to help maximize the number of lives saved and help all emergency services on the front line.”

St. Joseph’s Health’s MCRU is equipped to provide care onsite in a variety of roles - ranging from support of stabilization and transfer for large numbers of victims at an emergency event site to sustaining extended on-scene medical care operations. This multi-role capability allows for improved treatment, increased response personnel safety, and greater utilization of ambulance services to transport patients. The MCRU brings together St. Joseph’s best paramedics, physicians, respiratory therapists and nurses to provide care in the field for large numbers of people. It is equipped with:

  • Life support emergency medical supplies
  • Cardiac monitors/defibrillators
  • Field emergency response/triage kits
  • A mass oxygen administration system
  • Medical monitoring/on-scene rehabilitation
  • All-weather command/treatment shelters
  • Scene lighting and 30,000-watt on-board electrical power generator

The St. Joseph’s MCRU team brings the over 40,000 pound vehicle’s capabilities to bear - setting up care stations in the field to treat injuries, stabilize victims and provide “preventative healthcare,” for responders. With potential applications including mass-casualty situations, the MCRU unit and its crew are equipped to provide quality care quickly and for as many people as possible; for example, the on-board oxygen system allows administration for up to forty patients at one time.

“We’ve all seen footage of the Paris attacks, Boston Marathon bombing, and more,” continued Bertollo. “There is panic, chaos and massive crowds. Traditional deployment procedures for emergency medical services are often inadequate during large scale events. We act as a clinical force multiplier. Prepared to fulfill a multitude of roles, the MCRU can greatly extend the effectiveness of all on-scene emergency medical care. Simply put, that results in greater safety and more lives saved.”

“As a part of asset building for readiness activities, the government provided each county with a MCRU,” said James Pruden, MD, Emergency Services Physician, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and Director, Emergency Preparedness, St. Joseph’s Health. “Many vehicles are sitting in warehouses waiting for the ‘big event’ but Bob found a way to connect the MCRU to the needs of the community, from local firefighters to serving youth with health-based and educational programming.”

The St. Joseph’s MCRU will, of course, continue its presence beyond the realm of mass-casualty situations. This means responding to high-volume community events and evolving emergency events.

Foundations, Achievements and Growth

From its inception, the St. Joseph’s Health’s MCRU mission grew from a realization that not only were victims suffering during a crisis, but so were the emergency crews working to provide emergency medical care, rescue services, firefighting, and law enforcement response. The team at St. Joseph’s developed a working relationship with the City of Paterson Fire Department to better define what type of in-the-field care was needed for the firefighting crews as well as the victims.

One of the most important benefits of this service is what it can do for rescue personnel. These responders are just as vulnerable to injury and fatigue as the people they work tirelessly to save, and this immediately became clear in discussions with the Paterson Fire Department.

“As an example, recently it was negative three degrees and a fire broke out in Paterson” said Dr. Pruden, “You mix those temperatures with water and you could have a real problem. The St. Joseph’s MCRU is crucial in harsh and foreboding situations such as this, providing rehabilitation services to the fire fighters out on the job.”

In terms of rescue crew health and safety, the MCRU is prepared to provide medical monitoring, rehydration services and work recovery which promotes the body’s vital signs returning more quickly back to safe levels - especially in extreme cold or heat. It didn’t take long before the unit began to prove itself with the Paterson Fire Department in multi-alarm fire situations and now it is branching out to assist rescue crews in other crisis and potential mass-casualty situations.

The St. Joseph’s MCRU has an impressive track record of service including nationally televised football games, local charity runs, bike-a-thons and other community events - like the Passaic County Fair, and the 9-11 Memorial Tunnel-Towers Run. The MCRU has also been on the scene during numerous emergency situations ranging from flood rescue to large-scale power outages. St. Joseph’s plans to continue to build on this history of achievements while evolving for the modern world.

“Fulfilling the Mass Care Response Unit mission depends on our ability to build on every experience… on taking lessons from the past, observing the changes happening around us, and staying one step ahead for the future,” said Bertollo. “Our role has grown far beyond the walls of the hospital itself. As the world has changed, our provision of care truly knows no boundaries. We will be wherever care is needed.”

March 11, 2016


Health Update: Zika


What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease (Zika) are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.

Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night. The mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

Zika virus is not currently found in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers. Outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and most recently in the Americas. Because the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will continue to spread.

Where is Zika virus found?

Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories.

Does CDC know how many Zika cases were confirmed worldwide before the 2007 outbreak on Yap Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia?

Before 2007, at least 14 cases of human Zika virus disease had been documented, although other cases were likely to have occurred and were not reported. Zika virus has probably occurred in many locations. Because the symptoms of Zika are similar to those of many other diseases, many cases probably were not identified.

What should I do if I have Zika?

Treat the symptoms:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to reduce fever and pain.
  • Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.

Protect others: During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people. To help prevent others from getting sick, prevent mosquito bites during the first week of illness by strictly following steps to prevent mosquito bites.

See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes) during a trip or within 2 weeks after traveling to a place where Zika has been reported. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider where you traveled.

The above information was taken from www.CDC.gov on 2/10/16. For additional information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.

February 16, 2016


Enhancing Community Connections

Community ConnectionsSt. Joseph’s Health (SJH) employees recognize that the various communities we serve are part of our extended family. We take pride in being good neighbors.

To meet the health needs of our community, St. Joseph’s has formed partnerships with community organizations such as schools, churches and government agencies to provide an extensive range of health care initiatives via community outreach programs. The hospital also provides various after-discharge services such as ambulatory care sites, clinic services, support groups and classes, case management services, hospices, homebound program and spiritual counseling.Community Connections 01

St. Joseph’s is continuously sponsoring, hosting and providing outreach programs at our medical facilities and in neighboring communities. Here, we name only a few events: Wayne Day, Health Partners Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, BergenFest, Paterson Press Community 5K, Paterson’s Dominican Day Parade, Over the Edge Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey fundraising event, Paterson Rotary Gift of Life program.Community Connections 03

St. Joseph’s Health’s continued community support is evident in the 2015 – 2016 Make a Difference Project. In December, SJH President and CEO Kevin Slavin invited the Management Team, comprised of Executive Leadership and Directors, to make a positive difference in someone’s life. The overall project was extremely successful in expanding community connections.


To learn more about our community connectedness, view the most current SJH Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) reports available via the links below. Community Connections 02


2017 - 2019 St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment - Implementation Strategy

2017 - 2019 St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment - Implementation Strategy

2016 St. Joseph's University Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment Report - Executive Summary

2016 St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment - Summary Report

2016 St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Community Health Needs - Strategy Evaluation

2016 St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Report - Executive Summary

2016 St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment - Summary Report

2016 St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center Community Health Needs - Strategy Evaluation

Prior Reports:

2013 St. Joseph's Health Community Health Needs Assessment

2014 St. Joseph's University Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment

2014 St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment




Residents Celebrate a Century of Life at St. Joseph's in Cedar Grove

DSC 9392Residents and staff recently gathered at St. Joseph's Nursing Home to celebrate a great milestone of five of their own. Walter Solberg, Teodosia Brykowycz, Josephine Smithonic, Teresa Finamore and Anne Campora are all officially members of the “100 and Over Club.” Each with a life full of exciting and memorable times continues to thrive through the loving care they receive at St. Joseph's. The celebration included plenty of cake, singing and laughter.

Walter Solberg was born April 5, 1914 in Bayonne, New Jersey, and had one sister. As a young man he married and had 2 children. Mr. Solberg worked as a supervisor for many years and also drove the transit bus to and from New York City. He traveled often, enjoys history and spending his time at St. Joseph's reading the newspaper and talking with fellow residents. He especially loves telling stories about “back in the day.”

A native of the Ukraine, Teodosia “Tess” Brykowycz was born February 7, 1914 during World War I, as the youngest of 3. Tess, as she is lovingly called, never married nor had any children; she dedicated her years in the Ukraine to teaching and education. Towards the end of World War II, she and her family were transferred to a displaced persons camp. From there they immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Tess took a job at a local hospital washing floors while attending night school to learn English. She later worked at a medical insurance company for more than 20 years, before moving to New Jersey.

Josephine Smithonic, a native of Dupont, Pennsylvania, was born March 12, 1915, as 1 of 11 children. She married and had one son, who along with her husband has passed. She worked as a factory worker for many years and spent much of her time sewing. Currently, Ms. Smithonic enjoys watching television, talking with friends and staff, and regular visits from her niece.

Teresa “Terri” Finamore was born November 14, 1914. She and her brother Thomas lost their mother in the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Her father remarried in 1920 and had two more sons. After graduating elementary school Ms. Finamore had to go directly to work in the Dye House Mills in Paterson due to the hard economic times. She later married a young man from her neighborhood in Paterson and had two sons. She and her husband eventually opened a diner in Haledon which they ran for many years. Additionally, Terri owned/operated Francine Fashions in Totowa, worked for Kearfott in Paterson and later served as a nanny to many families and children in the Wayne area.

Anne Campora was born on October 30, 1914 in New York City, 1 of 2 children. She married, had 2 sons and worked as a secretary for some time. Ms. Campora enjoys playing bingo with friends.

February 8, 2016


Kevin J. Slavin Appointed to New Jersey Hospital Association Board

Slavin PodiumKevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health, will serve as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA). His appointment, and that of other Board officers and members, was announced at the organization’s 97th Annual Meeting held January 29, 2016. The NJHA is a not-for-profit trade association that helps hospitals and other healthcare providers deliver quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.

“It is an honor to serve as an officer of the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees during such a pivotal time in our state’s – and the nation’s – healthcare industry,” said Mr. Slavin. “The NJHA is a healthcare-focused collaborative organization that positively impacts the lives of people across New Jersey.”

A highly-respected healthcare industry leader, Mr. Slavin has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey Hospital Association since 2013. Most recently, he chaired the NJHA Property Tax Task Force (2015-16) in the development of a mutually beneficial resolution that defined the community service contributions provided to host municipalities by New Jersey’s not-for-profit hospitals. 

Mr. Slavin, recognized as #34 on the prestigious NJBIZ 2015 Power 50 Health Care List, is a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Trustee and Immediate Past Chairman of the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey (2005-present) and has held a variety of legislative appointments to healthcare boards, commissions and task forces. He is a Seton Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.

Mr. Slavin took the reins of 1,000-bed St. Joseph’s Health, the largest employer in Passaic County, in late 2014. Prior to leading St. Joseph’s, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at East Orange General Hospital, Essex County. Previously he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Joseph’s Health, Passaic County; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Clare’s Health System, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer and Vice President for Ambulatory Care at St. Clare’s Hospital, Morris County.

A native of Trenton, Mr. Slavin is a resident of Hackettstown, New Jersey.

February 2, 2016



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