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Paterson’s First Hospital Celebrates 150 Years

DSC 0196St. Joseph’s Health Kicks-off Sesquicentennial Celebration”

 

St. Joseph’s Health launched a year-long series of 150th Anniversary celebrations on Thursday, September 8th with the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate the humble beginnings of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Paterson’s first hospital, now known as St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, a member of the Healthcare System, was established by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth on September 8, 1867, in response to the industrialized City’s dire need for care… body, mind and spirit.

The founding group of sisters cared for 102 patients that first year, establishing and setting in motion an unwavering mission and commitment to community service for which St. Joseph’s is nationally recognized. St. Joseph’s University Medical Center now cares for more than 1.5 million people annually, including more than 163,000 emergency department visits.

“The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth have proudly sponsored St. Joseph’s since 1867,” said Sister Marilyn Thie, SC, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, St. Joseph’s Health, of the faith-based healing ministry. “That beginning has mushroomed into a highly regarded healthcare system this many years later.”

“St. Joseph’s is one of the greatest jewels in the Diocese of Paterson crown. We are fortunate to have St. Joseph’s here in Paterson. Thank you for the miracles you work here each day. Keep working the miracles of healing for the next 150 years,” said Rev. Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, on behalf of the Diocese of Paterson.

The Honorable Jose Torres, Mayor of the City of Paterson, saluted the hospital and healthcare system, and presented The Mayor’s Award for outstanding civic contributions to the Paterson community. He added, “St. Joseph’s Health is appropriately named after St. Joseph the Carpenter, a building and driving force of faith. St. Joseph’s Health and the Sisters of Charity represent that for the City.”

A Letter of Special Congressional Recognition commending St. Joseph’s Health on its immense contributions to the healthcare of the State of New Jersey was presented to Mr. Slavin on behalf of Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.

The historic marker, unveiled by Mr. Slavin and Sr. Marilyn Thie, SC, was blessed by Msgr. Tillyer, Sr. Marilyn Thie and Sr. Patricia Mennor, SC, Vice President, Mission at St. Joseph’s Health. The marker, which will be placed on the original location of St. Joseph’s Hospital on Church Street, between Ellison and Market Streets, reads:

St. Joseph’s Hospital was founded at this Church Street location on September 8, 1867. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth,they tirelessly tended to the city’s ill, injured and poor in the 12-bed wooden structure.

This marker recognizes the 150 years that St. Joseph’s, now St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, a member of St. Joseph’s Health, and located at 703 Main Street, Paterson, has served the healthcare needs of its community.

Celebrating 150 Years Commitment to a Healthier Community 1867-2017

An Inspired Tradition of Service Excellence

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1867, St. Joseph’s Hospital – one of the first hospitals in New Jersey – opened its arms to the community in a small wooden house on Church Street in Paterson. Fr. William McNulty asked Mother Mary Xavier, General Superior of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth to send sisters to Paterson to tend the sick. In response, Mother Xavier sent Sr. Anne Cecelia Hartnett and four other Sisters to begin the new ministry. The Sisters, with the support of volunteers, cared for those in desperate need, including many new immigrants, who were the industrialized city’s ill, the injured, the hungry poor. A year later, the Fonda Farm on Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1867, St. Joseph’s Hospital – one of the first hospitals in New Jersey – opened its arms to the community in a small wooden house on Church Street in Paterson. Fr. William McNulty asked Mother Mary Xavier, General Superior of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth to send sisters to Paterson to tend the sick. In response, Mother Xavier sent Sr. Anne Cecelia Hartnett and four other Sisters to begin the new ministry. The Sisters, with the support of volunteers, cared for those in desperate need, including many new immigrants, who were the industrialized city’s ill, the injured, the hungry poor. A year later, the Fonda Farm on Main Street (the current site of St. Joseph’s University Medical Center) was purchased and the future of that band of pioneering Sisters…and all of Northern New Jersey was forever changed.

Each passing year brought innovations as St. Joseph’s improved and expanded the healthcare resources available to area residents. Before the turn of the Century, St. Joseph’s offered a dispensary, maternity unit and pathology laboratory. A radiology department was established in 1902. Buildings and wings were added during nearly a dozen expansion efforts in the 20th Century. Along with these projects came trendsetting medical and surgical procedures in every specialty field and a variety of academic programs – all to benefit the health care needs of our pediatric and adult patients – the hospital’s community. Nothing held back progress as St. Joseph’s sought to provide a full range of services that equaled and readily eclipsed those in New York Metropolitan hospitals.

Over the years, St. Joseph’s Hospital has grown in size and scope of service. St. Joseph’s Health, which encompasses St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, St. Joseph's Healthcare and Rehab Center, Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, and a spectrum of outpatient centers across Northern New Jersey.

The longstanding tradition of service excellence, rooted in nearly a century and a half of outstanding achievements, remains unwavering. Each service is offered with a strong commitment to the Mission, Vision and Values set forth by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.

St. Joseph’s Health proudly offers technically advanced clinical services, including ambulatory and community health services, behavioral health services, cardiology, emergency/trauma services, medicine, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation services, surgical services and women’s services. Today, St. Joseph’s Health is the provider of choice in the region, the largest provider of charity care in the State and the largest employer in Passaic County.

As an organization, St. Joseph’s is defined by nearly 150 years of service excellence, by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth who inspire its culture of caring, commitment and service to community, and by the expertise and experience that contribute to the organization’s legacy. St. Joseph’s Health’s vision remains clear; its mission unchanged.

St. Joseph’s Health is a nationally recognized major academic comprehensive health care organization sponsored by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867. To learn more about the spectrum of leading edge services and compassionate care available at St. Joseph’s, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org

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Emergency Department Recognized for Excellence

LandD WebSt. Joseph’s University Medical Center Emergency Department Recognized Nationally for Excellence

The St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Emergency Department, Paterson, NJ, a member of St. Joseph’s Health, has been honored by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) as one of 11 select emergency departments nationwide to receive the association’s prestigious 2016 Lantern Award™. The Emergency Nurses Association bestows the Lantern Award to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of nursing leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

“St. Joseph’s is honored to be selected as a 2016 recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award,” said Kevin Slavin, President and CEO at St. Joseph’s Health. “Our Emergency Department Nursing team provides the highest standard of care and is committed to delivering exceptional quality for every patient. This recognition is a tribute to the entire team for their dedication to evidence-based medicine and to their relentless pursuit of achieving national benchmarks for excellence in emergency care.”

“I am so proud of our Emergency Department nurses for receiving this award. We, at the healthcare system, are well aware of their exceptional work and are happy they are being recognized nationally,” said Judy Padula, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Joseph’s Health.

“The 2016 Lantern Award recipients have met a rigorous set of standards for excellence,” said ENA president Kathleen E. Carlson, MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN. “We look for the highest level of performance in emergency departments – emergency departments that go above and beyond to ensure quality safe practice and care for their patients. I congratulate our 2016 Lantern Award recipients for their high commitment to excellence.”

The Lantern Award™ is a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. All emergency departments are eligible to apply for the Lantern Award, but those selected must meet the highest excellence standards.

Emergency department patients and their families seek quick access, meaningful interactions with the health care team and a coordinated plan. The Lantern Award serves as a visible symbol to patients that excellence is valued and that exceptional care is provided in the recipient’s emergency department. It illuminates an emergency department’s commitment to quality, safety, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into exceptional emergency care.

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center’s Emergency Department Nursing team is distinguished for such programs as PIVOT nursing, an expedited triage process that enables the Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department to manage high volumes while maintaining door-to-doctor times within 15 minutes and for its many innovative programs including, Life Sustaining Management Alternatives (LSMA), an ED-based palliative care program; Alternatives to Opiates Program (ALTO); and the unique Senior Emergency Department (SrED). In addition, team work, shared governance and a culture of collaboration enable St. Joseph’s ED Magnet® Recognized Nurses to provide exceptional quality care with a special concern for the poor, vulnerable and underserved.

The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with changing nursing from an untrained job to a skilled, science-based profession. She is referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for her actions during the Crimean War when she worked deep into the night, bringing a lantern with her as she tended to wounded British soldiers as they slept.

About St. Joseph’s

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, a member of St. Joseph’s Health is a nationally recognized major academic comprehensive health care organization sponsored by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867. To learn more about the spectrum of leading edge services and compassionate care available at St. Joseph’s, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org.

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St. Joseph’s is Recognized as One of the Best in New Jersey

WebAwardIconSt. Joseph’s University Medical Center is once again ranked as one of the best hospitals in the New York Metropolitan Area and among the top 10 in the State of New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report for 2016-17. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is proud to be recognized among the “Best Regional Hospitals” in the New York Metro area (#18), in New Jersey (#8), and named among the best in Northern New Jersey. These rankings reflect the commitment and expertise of our outstanding physicians, nurses, Magnet Recognized for Excellence 4 consecutive times since 1999, and skilled clinicians who use advanced treatment technologies and effective, innovative practices within comfortable environments of care.

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is also recognized by U.S. News as high performing in the following specialties, conditions and procedures different medical specialties:

  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Urology
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Colon Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

U.S. News publishes “Best Hospitals” to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

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Neuro-Interventional Laboratory

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, a Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Center, represents the most advanced neurological treatment in our geographic area. This certification is nationally recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The Center operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week to care for patients who may require treatment for a wide variety of neurological and neurosurgical disorders.

In keeping with our vision to be recognized as the leading health care provider of choice in Northern New Jersey and for excellence in healthcare, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center opened its new Neuro-Interventional Suite.

The addition of this leading edge biplane angiography system gives our specially-trained Neuro-Interventionalists and thoroughly trained clinical staff the ability to treat an
array of endovascular issues, such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, emergency stroke, and carotid artery issues, while also having the ability to perform a variety of spinal procedures.

The Neuro-Interventional Laboratory Suite is a component of the Division of Cardiology, which has a proud record of providing exemplary advanced care to the community for more than 50 years.

Cardiology and Neurovascular services are often intertwined, in a way that some neurologic issues, such as stroke, can be related to cardiac issues from birth, or a rhythm that produces clots, ultimately resulting in a stroke. St. Joseph’s cardiologists and neuro-interventionalists are closely integrated for a whole spectrum of care, resulting in the best outcomes for our patients.

The Neuro-Interventional Laboratory Suite features an advanced Siemens Artis Q angiography system, which enables our clinician to review and stabilize images of tiny vessels and obstructions. Often, 3D applications are designed to image the smallest structures inside the head, crucial to identifying issues such as aneurysms.

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ALTO - Alternatives to Opiates Program

The Emergency Department (ED) at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is the first in the Nation to develop and implement ALTO®, the Alternatives to Opiates Program, a highly successful unique alternative approach to acute pain management without the use of opioids and the potential addictions associated with opioid use. 
 
The ALTO® Program was launched in the ED in early January 2016, with 300+ patients treated with alternative protocols since then, patients who did not receive opioids when they previously would have been treated with opioids. The ALTO® Program uses targeted non-opioid medications, trigger point injections, nitrous oxide, and ultrasound guided nerve blocks to tailor its patients’ pain management needs and avoid opioids whenever possible, for example, in cases of kidney stones, acute low back pain, broken bones, acute headache and migraine pain. 
 
A model for other hospitals and healthcare providers nationwide, the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s - the busiest ED in New Jersey with more 158,000 patient visits in 2015 - is an innovator in Emergency Medicine, having established such programs as the first Geriatric Emergency Department in the US, the first ED-based Palliative Care Program (Life Sustaining Management and Alternatives) in the US, and now, the ALTO® program.
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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

Reports:

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

 

 

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