Community ConnectionsSt. 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

Community ConnectionsSt. 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 Wayne Medical Center 30th Anniversary Sports Classic

Monday, May 15, 2017
North Jersey Country Club
594 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470
Honoring Roy Kay, Jr., Founder of the St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center Sports Classic


7:00 AM Breakfast and Morning Registration
7:30 AM Morning Shotgun
11:30 AM Barbeque and Afternoon Registration
1:00 PM Afternoon Shotgun
6:30 PM Cocktail Reception & Buffet Dinner
Individual Golfers: $650
Sponsorships available from $500 to $10,000
To register for the event, visit or
contact Kathy DeFeo at 973.956.3304 or

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital 10th Anniversary Cooking for Kids

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Westmount Country Club
VIP Reception: 6:00-7:00 PM
General Admission: 7:00-10:00 PM

Join 50 of the Metropolitan Area’s Top Chefs, Restaurants and Beverage Purveyors for the 10th Anniversary of St. Joseph’s Children’s signature food and wine tasting.

VIP Tickets: $275 ($250 until Friday, April 21)
General Admission Tickets: $195 ($175 until Friday, April 21)
Sponsorships available from $2,000 to $10,000

To purchase your tickets,
visit or contact John Dougherty at

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.



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