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William A. McDonald Receives Faith in Paterson Award

bill_articleSt. Joseph’s Health Leader Honored by the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce

PATERSON, NJ - William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health (SJH) is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Faith in Paterson award presented by the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) during the Chamber’s 105th Annual Gala on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The Faith in Paterson award is presented to a person or business that has demonstrated an exceptional investment in the Greater Paterson economy through development, programs and other initiatives.

“I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Faith in Paterson award, positive recognition and appreciation that St. Joseph’s efforts to revolutionize healthcare is also revitalizing our community,” stated Mr. McDonald. “For nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s Health has been a staple of the City of Paterson and a leader in our state’s healthcare industry. St. Joseph’s is an outstanding healthcare resource and faith-based advocate, driven by a strong mission and global vision that will remain focused on providing the best services available,” he added.

To meet a growing demand for inpatient and outpatient services, Mr. McDonald spearheaded a major $250 million facilities renovation and expansion of St. Joseph’s University Medical Center highlighted by the completion of the new ultramodern Critical Care Building with pediatric, adult and geriatric emergency departments, multiple critical care floors, operating suites and a roof-top helipad. Projects also include the regional medical center’s main lobby and conference center with circular drive and adjacent parking garage, an outpatient lobby entrance and reception area, the DePaul Ambulatory Care Center for adult and pediatric outpatients, and renovation of all patient care units.

Revitalization in South Paterson includes initiatives surrounding the hospital in Redevelopment Area Number 11, for which St. Joseph’s University Medical Center was designated official developer several years ago by the City of Paterson. In addition to projects taking place on the hospital campus itself, Area 11 redevelopment projects include a medical high school, luxury style housing at Barclay and Courtland Streets, condominiums at Courtland and Camden Streets, behavioral health residential housing on Barclay Street, professional office space at Main and Levine Streets, a Walgreens Pharmacy on Main Street, medical office space at Hine Street, and an adult day care facility on Marshall Street.

St. Joseph’s Health received designation as a clinical branch campus of New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System in the Fall of 2013. According to GPCC President Jamie Dykes, the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce is honoring Mr. McDonald and his work at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center because of the tremendous leadership, “in developing the area around the hospital. Paterson will not only greatly benefit from the added services, but also from the amount of jobs that will become available through St. Joseph’s initiatives as well as a significant boost to Paterson’s tax base.”

Mr. McDonald received his undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice/Criminology from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, the flagship of St. Joseph’s Health in May 2004. He was subsequently named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health in 2006, bringing more than 30 years of expertise and experience in executive level healthcare management to his position at St. Joseph’s.

“Since joining the St. Joseph’s Health family ten years ago, it has been my privilege and priority to enhance the scope of services and environments for healing at St. Joseph’s, while also enhancing our greater campus and the neighboring South Paterson community,” added Mr. McDonald.

January 22, 2014