Mission Services

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As a Catholic faith-based institution founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, we nurture the spiritual, as well as the medical needs of our patients and their families. We recognize faith as a prime mover and as an essential part of our healing ministry. The Pastoral Care Department provides information, consultation, and education that support and enable care of the whole person—care that provides not only for people’s physical needs, but also for their emotional and spiritual needs.

SJWH LobbyThe St. Joseph's Healthcare System Chaplains:

  • Reflect the religious and cultural diversity of our health care community,
  • Are a vital component of the health care team,
  • Provide services to patients/residents, families, and staff,
  • Are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day,
  • Collaborate with community clergy and lay ministers,
  • Have training in pastoral counseling, bereavement, aging, crisis intervention, and end-of-life issues.


All are invited to use the hospital/nursing home Chapel for prayer. Mass schedules are as follows:

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital:

  • Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. and 12 noon
  • Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 6:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, a division of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center:

  • Sunday 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday 1:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday 11:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday 1:15 p.m.


St. Vincent's Nursing Home:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m.


Holy Communion is distributed to all patients/residents on a daily basis.

Your own Minister, Priest, Rabbi or Imam is welcome to visit you in your room at your request. We will make every effort to accommodate your religious observance.

The Pastoral Care staff is available at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, St. Vincent's Nursing Home and St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital for you.

Click here for information about the SJHS commitment to Embracing Excellence.


For more information or to request a visit from the Chaplain or priest, please call the Pastoral Care Department at:

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital: 973.754.3015

St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital: 973.956.3702

St. Vincent's Nursing Home: 973.754.4812

Palliative Care

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SJWH St. Joseph StatuePalliative Care refers to care that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for patients suffering from chronic disease and life threatening illness and is appropriate for patients in any stage of a serious illness. The care available includes patients who are receiving curative treatments, as well as those who are near the end of life. Palliative care provides comprehensive management of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and families.

Our palliative care program can help to improve quality of life by relieving symptoms, and providing comfort and support to patients and family members.


Palliative care services are provided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of the following members, as needed:

  • Physician,
  • Advanced Practice Nurse,
  • Primary nurse,
  • Social Worker,
  • Case manager,
  • Chaplain,
  • Nutritionist,
  • Respiratory Therapist,
  • Physical Therapist.


Services provided include:

  • Pain and symptom management;
  • Counseling and guidance in establishing goals for care;
  • Family meetings to assist in decision-making and goals of care;
  • Assistance with completing Advanced Directives;
  • Social, psychological and spiritual support;
  • Coordinating care through the course of a complex illness.


Referrals for palliative care can be made by contacting your physician or nurse.


For more information about palliative care services provided in St. Joseph's Healthcare System, please contact:

Roberta Vitcusky, MSN, APN,

Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center: 973.754.2231

St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital: 973.956.3520


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