St. Joseph's Healthcare System is nearing completion of a $250 million expansion and renovation investment project at both St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ, and St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, a division of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Wayne, NJ.
"The largest master facilities construction initiative in St. Joseph's history is having a significant impact on the Region. The construction is enabling the Healthcare System to meet the growing demand for inpatient and outpatient care at both hospital campuses; expanding the advanced clinical services we offer to the residents of northern New Jersey and beyond; and enhancing the cityscape environment surrounding St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in South Paterson. These projects have also created more than 200 construction jobs and numerous current and future health care jobs," states William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Healthcare System.
The most extensive project of the master facilities plan is the new 183,000 square foot state-of-the-art Critical Care Building that is now fully operational at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital campus. Ground was broken in November 2009 for this high tech structure, now enclosed and viewable from nearby Route 80.
The Critical Care Building features separate Pediatric and Adult Emergency Departments (EDs) with a total of 88 treatment areas; 12 systems-integrated operating theaters with pre-operative and post-operative areas; 56 new private critical care rooms in four dedicated units, Cardiac Care/Open Heart Cardiac Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, and Intensive Respiratory Care Unit; a rooftop helistop capable of accepting large medical helicopters; and an ambulance vestibule capable of accepting multiple ambulance vehicles simultaneously. A dedicated patient-transport elevator bank connects the EDs on the ground floor, the operating rooms on the second floor, the critical care units on the third and fourth floors, and the helistop on the roof for direct and rapid access to advanced trauma care. A separate visitors' elevator bank with adjacent waiting areas accommodates guests. The Critical Care Building has been fully operational as of October 19, 2011.
Also on the St. Joseph's Paterson campus, a new lobby with 256-seat educational conference center and dedicated Women's and Children's waiting area, opened in September 2010 (see details below). The lobby offers easy access to services offered throughout St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.
Near the lobby, a new 1,122-space parking garage with retail space is under construction by an external organization. Additional future plans include an adjacent new 16-story luxury hotel to be built by MMC (Medical Missions for Children) Worldwide.
St. Joseph's Healthcare System's overall master facilities project includes:
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Paterson, NJ
- The DePaul Ambulatory Care Center at St. Joseph's opened in June 2009. Located at 11 Getty Avenue, on the Paterson campus, the Center offers facilities for outpatient pediatric and adult subspecialty services including The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center, The Alfiero and Lucia Palestroni Birth Defects Center, The Autism Center, The Regional Cystic Fibrosis Center, The Child Development Center, The Regional Craniofacial Center, as well as Ophthalmology, Podiatry, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Pediatric and Adult Neurology, Adult Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy, and more.
- Construction of the new main lobby with a high tech 256-seat conference center as well as the Women's and Children's waiting area was dedicated in September 2010. Additional amenities include the "Sisters' Wall", a tribute to the Healthcare System's founders and sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth; a new Chapel entrance; café; gift shop; patio and courtyard seating; globe and video light wall features; and computerized player piano. A 12-foot bronze statue at the entrance to the Medical Center, unveiled at the lobby dedication in September 2010, portrays the solidarity of spiritual and clinical practice, the essence of the mission of St. Joseph's Healthcare System.
- A new 183,000 square foot state-of-the-art Critical Care Building is under construction at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, a tertiary academic medical center and state designated trauma center. The Critical Care Building will feature new Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments, surgical theaters and critical care units, as well as a rooftop helistop. Ground was broken for the Critical Care Building in November 2009 and the new building was completed in the Fall of 2011 (see details above).
- Associated projects include the upcoming consolidation of services within the Women's and Children's Tower, cosmetic upgrades to all patient rooms and nursing stations on patient care units with an increase in private patient rooms; addition of circular driveway access to the main lobby; a new 1,122-car parking garage with retail space (currently nearing completion by an outside organization), and the construction of an adjacent luxury hotel by Medical Missions Children (MMC) Worldwide.
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital
- Expansion and renovation of the Surgical Suites and new post-operative area opened October 2009. The new advanced systems-integrated operating rooms are equipped to meet the current and future technologic demands of surgery.
- The renovation and expansion of the advanced Critical Care Unit opened in Winter 2010 to provide enhanced high level patient care for the surrounding communities.
- Associated projects include upcoming enhancements to patient rooms and nursing stations on patient care units.
Demand Sharply Increasing
As the Region's leading health care provider, St. Joseph's Healthcare System is experiencing rapid growth, with record levels of more than 1.7 million outpatient procedures and visits, nearly 200,000 patient days, and more than 149,000 emergency department visits in 2010.
The Healthcare System has shown strong financial performance in recent years, with funding for the expansion and renovation coming primarily from investment and operating income, bond issues and philanthropic support being sought through a major capital campaign, "St. Joseph's is the Future."
"Demand for services at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center has consistently exceeded capacity. These facilities expansion projects will allow physicians and staff to provide expanded high quality care in state-of-the-art facilities and demonstrate our continued commitment to responding to the healthcare needs of the community," states Mr. McDonald.
Facilities Projects Phased In
Beginning in the Fall of 2008 and continuing through 2009, Phase 1 included enabling projects at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Paterson campus (such as the creation of the DePaul Ambulatory Care Center at St. Joseph's which opened in June 2009), while Surgical Suite renovations were completed in October 2009 at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital on the Wayne campus.
Beginning in September 2009, projects included the demolition of the Johnson Building and 100 Hospital Plaza at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center campus, as well as the following milestones:
- Completion of the main lobby at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center including the Women's and Children's waiting area and conference center; completion and unveiling of the courtyard sculpture (completed September 2010).
- Renovation of the previous lobby at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center to include a new board/conference room and physician lounge (completed January 2011) as well as renovations to the Chapel.
Construction of a new Critical Care Building began in 2009 and is now complete.
The Critical Care Building includes:
- 88 treatment areas in separate Pediatric and Adult Emergency Departments featuring trauma bays, treatment areas, Fast Track bays and Triage Rooms
- 12 systems-integrated operating theaters, pre-operative and post-operative areas and a dedicated Surgical Waiting Area
- 56 new private patient rooms in four Critical Care Units in one centralized location including a Cardiac Care Unit/Open Heart Cardiac Care Unit; Surgical Intensive Care Unit; Medical Intensive Care Unit and an Intensive Respiratory Care Unit
- All Critical Care Building units are connected via a dedicated patient elevator bank with direct access to advanced trauma care
- Rooftop helistop
- Multi-vehicle ambulance/mobile intensive care vestibule
- A dedicated guest elevator bank with adjacent waiting areas
The final phase of the master facilities, project will include the renovation of a portion of the existing Emergency Department, while the remainder is converted to a new outpatient entrance.
The principal architectural and engineering consultants for St. Joseph's Healthcare System's master facilities project are Francis Cauffman Architects of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, James Little of Sterling Barnett Little, Inc., a project management firm based in Arlington, Texas.
"This is a period of tremendous growth and development for St. Joseph's Healthcare System. We are proud to take the lead in advancing care in this region by providing advanced healing environments that benefit our patients, their families, and our professional staff," states Mr. McDonald. "The new physical structures meet the high standard of our organization's infrastructure - the expertise of our Board-certified physician-experts, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's Magnet award-winning nurses, and our skilled clinical and administrative staff," McDonald adds.
To learn more about St. Joseph's Healthcare System services, facilities enhancement projects, or "St. Joseph's is the Future" capital campaign, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).
Philanthropic support will comprise a significant portion of funding for these capital projects.
If you are interested in supporting this historical investment in St. Joseph's future, or would like more information, please contact us at 973.754.4401.