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St. Joseph's Wins 2017 Innovation Award – Again!

St. Joseph’s wins 2017 Innovation Award – Again!

St. Joseph’s Health is the winner of the 2017 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Award, Innovation/Organization Category, for the second consecutive year! This prestigious recognition was presented at the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes ceremony held in Somerset, NJ. “Clinical innovation has been a driving force behind St. Joseph’s throughout our 150-year history,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Health. “We are proud to be recognized for our innovative treatment model that takes action against the growing opioid epidemic. As the first program of its kind in the United States, St.Joseph’s has developed a truly unique approach to effectively alleviating pain without resorting to highly addictive medication.”

Launched in January 2016, the Alternatives to Opiates (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. The Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center - the busiest ED in New Jersey with more than 160,000 patient visits in 2016 - 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 innovative and nationally acclaimed ALTO program.


St. Joseph’s Wayne Awarded Primary Stroke Center Designation

St. Joseph’s Wayne Awarded Primary Stroke Center Designation

As a part of our ongoing efforts to enhance services to our surrounding communities, we are proud to announce that St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center has been designated by the State of New Jersey as a Primary Stroke Care Center. This special status is only given to hospitals that meet strict national guidelines for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke and have acute stroke teams available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The designation of our stroke program provides us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional care we provide on our Wayne Campus and our efforts to advance our services even further,” says Jennifer Mendrzycki,Vice President and Site Executive of St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies from a stroke every 4 minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. These statistics make it clear why quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke,along with a specially trained acute stroke team is so critical.

“Designation is a comprehensive process and I commend everyone involved for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate our standard of care and instill confidence in the communities we serve,” adds Jennifer Mendrzycki. “This is yet another example of the many great things happening at our Wayne Hospital.”


St. Joseph’s Partners with Hackensack Meridian Health

image notThe two organizations will expand in-home health services across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties, redefining the continuum of care model

St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced the formation of a jointly owned home health services agency and hospice services agency to serve patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and parts of Morris County. Bringing together these first-class organizations will set a new standard of excellence in home health services, providing high-quality, highly coordinated and professional continuum of care to patients in the comfort of their homes.

“St. Joseph’s Health, through Visiting Health Services, has been dedicated to providing quality care to patients in their homes for the past three decades,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Health. “Our partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health will further enhance our mission to improve the health and quality of life in the communities we serve. It will also ensure more patients experience a seamless transition from hospital to home, providing patients the professional care and support they need to accelerate their recovery or improve their quality of life with loved ones in the comfort of their own homes.”

The partnership will form Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, a full-service home health provider and Medicare-certified home care agency and VHS Hospice Services of New Jersey.

Visiting Health Services of New Jersey will provide the state’s most complete range of in-home personal assistance and health care solutions to ensure individuals and families are living well and independent at home. The home health services include:

  • Visiting skilled nursing, Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
  • In-home physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Home health aides who assist with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation
  • Medical social workers who provide counseling, coordinate community services and assist with long-term planning
  • Certified hospice services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Wound care nursing
  • Medication review and education
  • Programs such as specialized home orthopedic and joint replacement, stroke, brain injury, bariatric and other condition-specific recovery programs

VHS Hospice Services of New Jersey will provide one-on-one personalized care delivered by a qualified and specially trained team, which includes a physician medical director, certified nurses trained in hospice and palliative care, licensed clinical social workers, chaplains, hospices aides and trained volunteers.

The partnership will extend across all St. Joseph Healthcare System and Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals in Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties, including St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center. As a result of this partnership, St. Joseph’s, Hackensack Meridian Health and Visiting Health Services of New Jersey will provide home health services in Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties.


Paterson’s First Hospital Celebrates 150 Years

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

“Past generations and future generations should find comfort in knowing that the St. Joseph’s commitment to compassionate and quality health care hasn’t changed since the day it opened and won’t change as we look to the future. We always have, and always will, strive to be true to the Mission and Values of our Sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth as we have since 1867,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Health.

“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


An Inspired Tradition of Service Excellence

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


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. These events include Wayne Day, Health Partners Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Paterson’s Dominican Day Parade, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Over the Edge event, and the Rotary Gift of Life program.

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, read the SJH Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and yearly updates available via the links below. Community Connections 02

Community Health Needs Assessment: 

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 Assesssment




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