Binder Autism Center at St. Joseph’s Health Receives $7,000 Donation from Paterson Fire Department

PATERSON, NJ (August 30, 2022) —St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce that the Paterson Fire Department Foundation recently presented a check for $7,000 to the Binder Autism Center at the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. This check was received by members of the St. Joseph's Health Foundation as well as individuals from the Binder Autism Center on August 15, 2022. All proceeds were generated through the fire department’s annual Touch-a-Truck event and t-shirt sales.

“Over the years, we have started thinking of the Paterson Fire Department as a part of our St. Joseph’s Health Family,” said Pamela Martorana, LPC, Manager of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. “We really appreciate all that they do for us and the community.”

The Binder Autism Center is part of the Child Development Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and provides services for children diagnosed with Autism.  Children who attend the Binder Autism Center take part in individual sessions, support groups, skills groups, educational workshops, social functions and activities after receiving an evaluation and diagnosis. Additional support services, family resources, and family events are also provided.

“The Binder Autism Center has provided children with Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that mean so much to them and their families,” said Joseph Holahan, MD, Chief of the Child Development Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. “With this generous donation we will be able to continue providing these services to children with special needs.”

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The Paterson Fire Department recently donated $7,000 to the Binder Autism Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Pictured from left to right:  Pam Martorana, Manager, St, Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; Andre Sayegh, Mayor of Paterson; Patricia Paolucci, Director of Strategic Events, St. Joseph’s Health Foundation; Joseph Holahan, MD, Chief, Child Development Center, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; Jerome Hunter, Paterson Fire Department; Michael Lamacchia, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; Marybeth Cunniff, APN, Child Development Center, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; Janet Bowen, Director, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; and Brian McDermott, Chief, Paterson Fire Department.


Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, St. Joseph’s Health has become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey.

The St. Joseph’s Health system is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country, and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey), and multiple ambulatory care centers located throughout Northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by St. Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates more than 100 physician medical and specialty practices across northern New Jersey.

Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence (the profession’s highest honor - an accomplishment reached by only 15 hospitals nationwide); and recognized by US News & World Report with a Top Nursing Home award and a five-star rating.

In September 2019, St. Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly-owned home health and hospice agency, serving patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center).  For more information, please visit:


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