New Jersey Legislators Support St. Joseph’s ALTO® as National Opioid Solution

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. joined together for a press conference at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in April to address new legislation – The Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) in the Emergency Department Act – a bill that calls for setting national protocols for hospitals across the country in the fight against the opioid epidemic. The bill is based on our highly successful ALTO® program – implemented at St. Joseph’s in 2016.

“More often than not, it’s people in pain getting hooked on painkillers in their own medicine cabinets, prescribed by their own doctors that lead to addiction — Percocet, OxyContin, Vicodin and others. Four out of five new heroin users started out initially misusing pain pills,” said Senator Bob Menendez.

“St. Joseph’s is providing emergency rooms across the country with a blueprint for preventing countless overdoses from happening in the first place,” added Congressman Bill Pascrell.

The Alternatives to Opioids (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. 

“Thousands of New Jersey patients and families have benefited from our Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program since it launched in January 2016,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health. “St. Joseph’s is proud to lead the way in providing a tangible solution to address the opioid epidemic here in New Jersey – and now across the country with this proposed legislation.”

The ALTO® program has gained interest from other hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States and the world, including Turkey, Israel and Switzerland, who are interested in replicating the model program.

“The opioid crisis in our country is staggering and epic in its evil.  As a result, we are seeing families and communities destroyed,” said Senator Cory Booker. “Right here in New Jersey, we know that the opioid epidemic does not discriminate against Democrats or Republicans, or suburban or urban areas. The work being done here at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is innovative, it is inspiring, and it is a shining light against the darkness.”

“We launched ALTO two years ago to offer a real solution to a rapidly growing opioid epidemic,” said Mark Rosenberg, DO, Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Chief Innovation Officer, St. Joseph’s Health. “Since then, we have witnessed tremendous success using the ALTO protocols. I’m very proud to report that we have reduced opioid prescriptions by 82 percent here in the St. Joseph’s Emergency Department. We are stopping addiction before it starts.”



The Foundations' of St. Joseph's 2018 1st Annual Golf Classic

The Foundations’ of St. Joseph’s 2018 1st Annual Golf Classic

The St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Foundation and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center Foundation have joined forces to offer our 1st annual combined Golf Classic. This exciting new event is designed to raise funds to support the hospitals that make up St. Joseph’s Health. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the prestigious Montclair Golf Club. This year, golfers will have a choice to play one of two great golf courses, the Montclair Course or their Rock Spring Course. To learn more please click on the link below or call 973.956.3304.

We thank you in advance for your support of St. Joseph’s and look forward to seeing you at this year’s golf outing.


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Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Chairman, Emergency Medicine, St. Joseph’s Health, recently testified before Congress on a new bill introduced by Congressman Bill Pascrell based on the St. Joseph’s ALTO® (Alternatives to Opioids) program. If approved, the new bill would earmark funds for the expansion of the St. Joseph’s ALTO® program all across the country.

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Chief Innovations Officer for St. Joseph’s Health, recently testified before Congress in support of new legislation based on the St. Joseph’s ALTO® (Alternatives to Opioids) program.

The Energy & Commerce Congressional Subcommittee - Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions – convened a panel of experts from various fields to hear testimony on over 25 bills submitted for consideration as they look for answers and options in addressing the national opioid epidemic.

One of the new legislative bills is The Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) in the Emergency Department Act, introduced by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Bill Pascrell to help boost resources for hospitals in the fight against opioid addiction. The New Jersey legislators were joined by representatives from West Virginia and Colorado in the bill’s submission, which features the original protocols established at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in 2016. If approved, the new bill would earmark funds for the expansion of the St. Joseph’s ALTO(sm) program across the country.

“We’re looking for what works in the fight against the opioid crisis,” said Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter of Georgia. “I applaud you Dr. Rosenberg for your efforts and I am very interested in learning more about the ALTO® program.”

In the two years the program has been operational, ALTO® has decreased opioid prescriptions in the St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Emergency Department by 82%.

“It was an honor to testify before the Congressional Subcommittee on our ALTO® program and report on the results we’ve witnessed in two short years,” says Dr. Rosenberg. “It’s exciting to share the program with every state in the country and I am proud they are considering us as the standard for Opioid prescription reduction.”

In forming the Subcommittee on Health, Congress noted that the Opioid Epidemic is in our hospitals, in our living rooms, and on our streets – in communities across America, individuals and families are suffering from addiction, overdose, and loss of loved ones.

“We are grateful to our elected representatives for bringing ALTO® forward on a national level,” said Kevin Slavin, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “If other hospitals and communities can experience the same benefits we are witnessing through the ALTO® program, it could have a major impact well beyond our original vision.”


Innovative Partnership with Physicians for Improved Quality-Driven Care

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St. Joseph’s Health Selected for CMS Initiative

to Build on Success of Accountable Care

Innovative Partnership with Physicians for Improved Quality-Driven Care

PATERSON, NJ (Feb. 14, 2018) – The St. Joseph’s Health Accountable Care Organization (Mission Health Coordinated Care) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model. Through this innovative program, St. Joseph’s Health will partner with over 100 of its affiliated physicians in coordinating care for more than 8,000 New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries.

 “We are extremely pleased to have been chosen to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model stemming from our years of experience in providing high quality and cost-efficient care to New Jersey residents," stated Kevin Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “We consider this partnership with CMS, and some of the finest physicians in Northern New Jersey, an important step towards advancing Alternative Payment Models of care that reward value over volume in care delivery under Medicare Payment Reform.”

Amid the rising costs of healthcare, and an aging population, the healthcare industry is challenged to develop innovative ways to transform how and when beneficiaries are treated. The Next Generation ACO Model is designed to improve the care Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries receive while lowering costs.

“It’s about providing proactive care coordination outside the walls of the hospital, improving access to care and smoothing transitions,” says Dr. Michael DeLisi, Medical Director of Mission Health Coordinated Care. 

“Our new ACO will better coordinate care for members, especially those who have more significant needs due to multiple or severe chronic conditions. And, most importantly, it means care starts at the moment the relationship is established between the physician and the Medicare beneficiary, and not simply in response to symptoms,” adds Dr. DeLisi.

The Next Generation ACO Model is a CMS Innovation Center initiative. It builds upon experience from the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. With 58 participating ACOs, the Model encourages greater accountability for patient care management across the country. This model enables providers to deliver more coordinated care to beneficiaries while also attaining the highest quality standards of care. Unlike other models, this model includes a prospectively (rather than retrospectively) set benchmark, which allows beneficiaries to choose to be aligned to the ACO. This model also tests beneficiary incentives for seeking care from Next Generation providers, including increased availability of telehealth and care coordination services.



St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a university tertiary care medical center, a state-designated children’s hospital, an acute care medical center, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility, a comprehensive home care program, and multiple outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers throughout Northern New Jersey. U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Joseph’s University Medical Center as a Best Hospital in the New York Metropolitan Area and among the Top 10 Hospitals in the State of New Jersey for 2017-2018. St. Joseph’s is a four time recipient of the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and was awarded the prestigious Lantern Award™ by the Emergency Nurses Association, one of only 11 hospitals selected nationwide.


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Volunteering schedules are flexible and based upon the availability of the individual volunteer.

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