St. Joseph’s Health Receives 2022 Wayne Corporate Good Citizen of the Year Award

Wayne, N.J. (October 25, 2022) —St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce that the healthcare system has been awarded this year’s 2022 Wayne Corporate Good Citizen of the Year Award. This award, given by the Wayne Township Economic Development Commission and the Mayor of Wayne, Christopher Vergano, is presented to businesses that have positively impacted the community. This year, the committee recognized the many health care professionals and first responders who provided care during the COVID-19 pandemic at the 40th Annual Arthur B. Ham Memorial Corporate Appreciation Breakfast.

“I am very proud to accept this award on behalf of our dedicated employees who provided exceptional care to all of our patients during the height of the pandemic, and continue to do so today,” said Kevin Slavin, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “This award is a true reflection of the remarkable team we have at St. Joseph’s Health.”

The Corporate Appreciation Breakfast, as well as the Good Citizen Award, were both started by the Township under the direction of Art Ham, the Director and Chair of the Township’s Economic Development Commission for approximately 20 years. After Mr. Ham retired, this award was named after him. Nominees are chosen by a committee who submits a list to the Mayor for final selection.

“Because this is the first breakfast we’ve had since the beginning of the pandemic, we thought it would be fitting to honor healthcare workers,” said Mayor Vergano. “I want to thank the entire St. Joseph’s Health team for all they did during the COVID-19 Pandemic to take care of our residents during the historic and challenging time in healthcare.” 


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; and recognized by US News with a top nursing home award and a five-star rating. In addition, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor

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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