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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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SJH Joins Community in Celebrating Paterson Night Out

PatersonNightOutGroup WebSt. Joseph’s Health (SJH) proudly participated in this year’s Paterson Night Out event. Over 35 employees and family members representing 15 departments across the Healthcare System, visited neighborhoods and interacted with residents.

“St. Joseph’s Health was proud to once again support Paterson’s Night Out. St. Joseph’s has a history of investing into our surrounding communities that dates back nearly 150 years. We are strongly committed to being an active partner throughout the Northern New Jersey region by participating in and coordinating a variety of community outreach programs. It is our way of getting to better know our community while also giving them an opportunity to better know us outside of the clinical setting,” says Kenneth Morris, Jr., Vice President, External Affairs, SJH.

St. Joseph’s Health employees were joined by Paterson City Council members William McKoy, Council President, and Maritza Davila, Councilwoman-at-Large, as well as City officials Sonia Gordon, Acting City Clerk, and Marcia Julian-Sottorrio, Community Relations Specialist.

St. Joseph’s staff participation for this event was organized by Darlene Quijada-Brito, Manager, Community Outreach, SJH. For more information regarding SJH sponsored community activities, please call 973.754.4407.

August 18, 2016

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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 sleek new 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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Excellence in Women's Health Services

LandD WebSt. Joseph’s University Medical Center is recognized as the only hospital in New Jersey to receive the following 2016 Excellence Awards from Healthgrades®: Labor and Delivery Excellence AwardTM, Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Excellence AwardTM and Gynecologic Surgery Excellence AwardTM.

 Each year, Healthgrades® analyzes the quality of care of women during and after childbirth, and the outcomes and risks for the most common gynecologic procedures at U.S. hospitals. These Excellence Awards mean that St. Joseph’s is named in the Top 5% in the Nation for Labor and Delivery care; Top 5% in the Nation for OB/GYN care; and Top 10% in the Nation for Gynecologic Surgery of those hospitals surveyed.

In addition, within these women’s care excellence awards categories, St. Joseph’s has received the following Healthgrades® ratings:

  • C-Section Delivery Five-Star Rating (Labor and Delivery)
  • Vaginal Delivery Five-Star Rating (Labor and Delivery)
  • Hysterectomy Five-Star Rating (Gynecologic Surgery)

All of these awards are additional assurance to our patients and residents of the surrounding communities of superior, safe, quality care at St. Joseph’s.

 

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Research Institute at SJUMC Hosts Seventh Annual Research Day

SJUMC2016 Research DayThe 7th Annual Research Day at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center (SJUMC) highlighted the research findings of physicians from various specialty areas throughout the hospital. This year, 22 abstracts were submitted for the competition and St. Joseph’s own Robert V. Madlinger, DO, MPH, FACOS, FACS, Maj. US Army Reserves, Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and General Surgery Residency (DO) Program, delivered the keynote address entitled, “The Role of Research in a Trauma Center” Guidelines by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) combined military-civilian trauma training: A research study.

Five finalists were selected by the Research Committee to present their work to the judging panel and audience members. After each finalist’s presentation, audience members and judges had the opportunity to ask questions. The judges’ scoring system determined the overall placing and at the end of the competition the audience used instantaneous audience response technology to vote for their crowd favorite, resulting in the naming of the 2015 Research Idol.

Congratulations to the finalists!

  • 1st Place: Derivation and preliminary validation of a risk score to predict 30-day ED revisits for sickle cell pain; Presenter: Jordan Jeong, DO (PGY-4); Authors: Jordan Jeong, DO, Jeffrey Glassberg, MD, Jena Simon, MS, Nilesh Patel, DO, Justin McNamee, DO, Gary Yu, MPH, DrPH; Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2nd Place: Surgical residents’ interpretation of diagnostic radiologic imaging in the traumatically injured patient; Presenter: Daria Abolghasemi, DO (PGY-2); Authors: Elias Fakhoury, DO, Daria Abolghasemi, DO, Scott Wessner, DO, Osama Elsawy, DO, Jamshed Zuberi, MD, Robert Madlinger, DO; Department of General Surgery
  • 3rd place: Pregnancy outcome in maternal obesity (bmi > 30), a retrospective study; Presenter: Mohammed Alnakeeb, MD (PGY-3); Authors: Mohammed Alnakeeb, MD, David Principe, MD, Deena Elkafrawi, MS, David Ginsberg, MS, Jacob Miller, MS; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Runner-up: A novel interdisciplinary approach to reducing preoperative laboratory testing – a step toward the peri-operative surgical home?; Presenter: Bilal Abadi, MD (PGY-3); Authors: Bilal Abadi, MD, Harini Ramireddy, MD, Kevin Hosein, MD, Kevin Petersen, DO, Padmaja Upadya, MD, Hee Chang Paul Sung, MD, Karl Genovese, BA, Nicholas Uva, MPH, CPH, Allarice Linaac, MPH, Ivan Jakimovski, MPH, CPH; Department of Anesthesiology
  • Runner-up: Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH) prophylaxis to prevent Sinusoidal Obstructive Syndrome (SOS) in pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) recipients; Presenter: Zelda Ghersin, MD (PGY-2); Authors: Zelda Ghersin, MD, Lauren Harrison, RN, MSN, Debra Abrams, Harshini Mahanti, Sandra Fabricatore RN, PNP, Liana Klejmont,PharmD, Olga Militano, PharmD, Carmella VandeVen, MS and Mitchell S. Cairo, MD; Departments of Pediatrics
  • 2016 Idol: Pregnancy outcome in maternal obesity (bmi > 30), a retrospective study; Presenter: Mohammed Alnakeeb, MD (PGY-3); Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

A special ‘Thank You’ to this year’s judges: David Adinaro, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Administration, SJUMC; Michael Lamacchia, MD, Chairman, Pediatrics, SJUMC; Shamoon Fayez, MD, Director Fellowship Program, Medicine, SJUMC; Robert Madlinger, DO, Chief, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Surgery, SJUMC; Hillel Ephros, MD, Chairman, Dentistry, SJUMC.

Pictured (l to r):

Robert Madlinger, DO, Chief, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Surgery, SJUMC; Lindsey Duffy, Administrative Director and Planning and Governance; Kevin Hosein, MD;  Harini Ramireddy, MD; Bilal Abadi, MD; Jordan Jeong, DO; Daria Abolghasemi, DO; Mohammed Alnakeeb, MD; Loretta Hall, Manager, The Research Institute, SJUMC; David Adinaro, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Administration, SJUMC; Hillel Ephros, MD, Chairman, Dentistry, SJUMC; Jai G. Parekh, MD, Medical Director, The Research Institute, SJUMC; Michael Lamacchia, MD, Chairman, Pediatrics, SJUMC

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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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