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Sr. Patricia Mennor, SC, Appointed Vice President, Mission at SJH

Sister Patricia Mennor VP Mission SJHSSt. Joseph’s Health, based in Paterson, New Jersey, has named Sister Patricia Mennor, SC, as Vice President, Mission.

“I am pleased to welcome Sister Pat Mennor as Vice President, Mission across St. Joseph’s Health. She brings a broad background of expertise and experience in Mission leadership, health care management and education to her new role at St. Joseph’s where she represents the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, our organization’s founders and sponsors,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Health.

Prior to returning to our organization, Sister Pat served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Services for the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, where she was responsible for promoting the mission and charism of the Sisters of Charity in sponsored works. A licensed social worker, Sister Pat previously served as Case Manager, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, with responsibilities for case management services for sisters residing on mission needing services during times of transition and illness, providing assessments, discharge planning and implementation, and offering health related education for the Congregation. She served as a Social Worker on our Paterson campus in the 1990s, providing social services, support and discharge planning, as well as crisis intervention services to our patients and their families.

Sister Pat earned a Master of Science degree in Health Care Management from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University School of Social Work, New Brunswick. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Kean College of New Jersey, Union, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Middlesex County College, Edison.

Sister Pat has several years of experience serving in governance and is currently the Chairperson, Director of the Bon Secours New York Board of Trustees.

December 17, 2015


Lisa Brady Schmittgall Joins SJH, Named Senior Vice President & COO

Lisa Brady Joins St  Josephs Healthcare SystemSt. Joseph’s Health, based in Paterson, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of Lisa Brady Schmittgall to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Lisa Brady to the executive leadership team at St. Joseph’s Health. Lisa brings a wealth of expertise in healthcare management, operations, strategic planning and business development to her new position at St. Joseph’s. She is joining the healthcare system at a pivotal time as we position our organization for continued stability and growth in a quickly evolving healthcare industry,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Health.

Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, Ms. Brady served a Senior Vice President of Strategy and System Development at Western Connecticut Health Network, Danbury, CT, where she led the formulation of a system-wide strategic plan, the development of an overall marketing and branding strategy, the development of a Network-wide physician resource plan, and oversaw the Network’s planning, business development and marketing and communications functions.

Previously, Lisa served as SVP and COO, as well as Vice President, Planning and Business Development, at Norwalk Hospital, before its merger with the Western Connecticut Health Network. At Norwalk Hospital, she was responsible for the overall operations of the community teaching hospital. A strong team effort resulted in significant improvements in operating margin and quality outcomes. Lisa oversaw the initiation of performance improvement efforts to streamline workflow and eliminate waste in value streams across the organization. She also led the implementation of numerous successful major capital projects, as well as the formulation and implementation of a Master Facility Plan, with Phase I construction including a $120M ambulatory pavilion, and development of a long-range Master Facility Plan with implementation of Phase II infrastructure upgrades and renovation of inpatient units.

Ms. Brady earned her Master of Science degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomical Sciences from the University of Illinois.

December 17, 2015


‘Devils Visit Angels’ at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

Devils 3St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH) received a special visit from the New Jersey Devils this holiday season. John Moore (#2), Jiri Tlusty (#9) and Joseph Blandisi(#64) brought smiles to the children as they signed autographs and took pictures with them and their families. Among the many young patients the players met is Tafone Parker (age 15, Paterson), who is looking forward to wearing his new New Jersey Devils t-shirt.

December 14, 2015


Welcoming the Holiday Season with Joyful Annual Tree Lighting

SJWH Tree LightingStaff and community members came together at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital (SJWMC) in Wayne, NJ to celebrate a special holiday tradition – the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The festive occasion was filled with joyous song provided by the Passaic County Technical Institute 'Tech Tone' Choir. Attendees enjoyed the dazzling lights and beautiful decorations on the tree, including (left to right) Sr. Ann Dorrity, SC, Administrative Assistant, Pastoral Care; Sr. Jeanne Agans, SC, Member, Board of Trustees, SJWMC Foundation; Daniel Kline, Vice President, SJH, and Site Administrator, SJWMC; Sr. Patricia Mennor, SC, Vice President, Mission, SJH; Fr. Martin Rooney, Director, Mission Services, St. Joseph’s Health (SJH); Ruthanne Braddock, MA, RN, NEA-BC, Site Director, Nursing, SJWMC; and Lisa Brady, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, SJH. 

December 14, 2015



St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Lights Up the Holiday Season

SJRMC Tree Lighting 2

Joined by the Paramus Catholic High School Choir, Ken Morris, Vice President External Affairs, St. Joseph’s Health (SJH) introduced Kevin Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer, SJH to kick off the St. Joseph’s University Medical Center (SJUMC) Tree Lighting Ceremony. Tafone Parker (age 15, Paterson), patient at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, joined Mr. Slavin to light the tree with an enthusiastic countdown by the SJUMC staff.

December 14, 2015


SJUMC Hosts Heroin/Opioid Overdose Training and Education Program

St. Joseph's Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Distribution (NARCAN) Program will host a free training and education class entitled, SAVE A LIFE: PREVENT A HEROIN/OPIOID OVERDOSE. The program will be held at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, 703 Main Street, Paterson, in Auditorium 2 on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid use, we want you to know that St. Joseph's cares. Through this training you will learn the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, the importance of calling 911 immediately, how to perform rescue breathing and how to administer NARCAN (Naloxone), the overdose reversal medication. In addition, attendees will receive a free Overdose Prevention Kit, including NARCAN.

For more information and to reserve a spot call 973.754.3000 today. Seating is limited to 20 participants.

November 17, 2015


St. Joseph’s Health Saluted by The NJ Sharing Network

NJSN Silver Recognition Award 2015 01The NJ Sharing Network (NJSN) presented St. Joseph’s Health (SJH) with a Silver recognition plaque for its support of and efforts towards increasing awareness of organ donations. The award comes shortly after SJH was acknowledged by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services as a leader in organ donations for its organ, eye and tissue donation and registration efforts between June 2014 and May 2015.

According to the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) and the NJSN, so far in 2015 St. Joseph’s has had fifteen organ donors resulting in thirty-six lives saved as well as more than 1,400 lives enhanced through tissue and eye donation alone. St. Joseph’s Health, which includes St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, an urban state designated trauma center, is one of the leading donation hospitals in New Jersey. Only less than one percent of deaths nationwide are actually medically suitable to become organ and tissue donors, making this a unique and rare opportunity.

“The NJ Sharing Network is proud to present St. Joseph’s with this Silver recognition for encouraging hospital staff and community members to enroll in their state registry as organ, eye and tissue donors,” said Joseph S. Roth, President and CEO, NJ Sharing Network.

Pictured are, l to r: Joseph S. Roth, President and CEO, NJ Sharing Network; Paula A. Gutierrez, MHA, Hospital Services Manager, NJ Sharing Network; Kevin J. Slavin, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health; Alan Sori, MD, Director, Surgical Quality and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center (SJUMC); and Karen Magarelli, RN, Director, Critical Care Services, SJUMC.

November 11, 2015


Robert Hood, Named Vice President of Population Management at SJH

Robert Hood Named VP of Population Management at SJHSSt. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of Robert Hood as Vice President of Population Management.

In his role, Mr. Hood will be organizing and preparing both the organization and our physicians to be successful in the rapidly changing environment that is shifting financial risk to the providers.

Mr. Hood has had a distinguished and multi-faceted healthcare career as an executive and consultant working in hospitals, ambulatory care companies, small and large physician practices, as well as hospital physician networks. Most recently Mr. Hood served as Vice President of Network Management NYC and Northeast U.S. for United Health Group/Optum, and President, North American Medical Management (NAMM-IL), where he was responsible for establishing and managing Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) and guiding them through risk arrangements with payers.

Previous roles included working with the Healthcare Advisory Board as a Chief Administrative Officer and Network Coordinator with the 450+ NYC physician group Advantage Care Physicians; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Essex Valley Healthcare/ East Orange General Hospital; Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital, Passaic, NJ; President of SSM Ambulatory Care and SSM Primary Care (part of the Northwest NJ market for SSM Healthcare Ministries) where he managed the 390 physician Northwest Physician Organization (IPA) and the 50 physician Northwest Medical Group; Senior Vice President of Operations for a $160M imaging company, and Assistant Administrator and later Administrator of Montgomery Hospital (282 bed community hospital and health system in PA).

Mr. Hood is a certified financial planner (CFP) who earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Rutgers University and his MBA in Health and Hospital Administration from the University of Florida.


SJH Earns ‘A’ Grades in Leapfrog’s National Hospital Safety Score

LeapfrogAn announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. St. Joseph’s Health hospitals – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center – each earned top scores of “A” in this elite national ratings program, recognizing St. Joseph’s strong commitment to patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Patient safety is the priority at St. Joseph’s Health and we are proud that both St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, including St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center are recognized with top scores of “A” by The Leapfrog Group for the excellence of the safe, high quality care we provide to our patients,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Health.

“As a mission-driven organization and the first four-time Magnet Recognized (for Nursing excellence) Catholic hospital in the nation to fulfill the rigorous requirements of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Quality Management certification, St. Joseph’s Health is fully committed to providing clinically-advanced high quality, safe and compassionate care as we heal the bodies, minds and spirits of all those who turn to us in their time of need,” added Mr. Slavin.

“St. Joseph’s University Medical Center/St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center “A” grades are powerful reminders of St. Joseph’s commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge St. Joseph’s Health hospitals – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center/St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center and all other “A” hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.” 

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see St. Joseph’s University Medical Center’s and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 

October 28, 2015


New Commissioner of Health Visits St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

Commissioner of HealthSt. Joseph’s Health (SJH) proudly welcomed Cathleen Bennett, New Jersey’s new acting Commissioner of Health, to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson. Commissioner Bennett was greeted by SJH President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Slavin, who led her on a tour through many of St. Joseph’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Among the locations visited was the newly expanded DePaul Center at St. Joseph’s, a community-based outpatient facility which supports approximately 100,000 patient visits each year. The culmination of five years of planning and construction, the new DePaul Center offers a holistic approach to medical and dental clinic care in a 59,200+ square foot location. Services such as dental and orthodontic services, counseling, education/testing services and a blood laboratory, are now conveniently available at one location across the street from the Regional Medical Center.

Commissioner Bennett also visited additional units within the hospital including the Emergency Department, one of the busiest in the country, and the Same Day Ambulatory Surgery Center, a free standing ambulatory surgery center with the safety and advanced specialties of a hospital-based facility, new in 2015. During the tour, Commissioner Bennett had to opportunity to interact with administrators, physicians, nurses and other support staff.

September 30, 2015

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