Past and Future

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Helipad resizedRich in history, St. Joseph's Healthcare System has evolved from humble beginnings. In 1867, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth opened St. Joseph's Hospital on Church Street in Paterson with only 12 beds. Thirty years later, in 1898, St. Joseph's reported treating 1,559 patients and delivering 52 babies and in 1900, 300 operations were performed.


For 100 years from 1900 to 2000, St. Joseph's Healthcare System grew in size and customer service with major building expansion projects and advancements in technology. In 2000, St. Joseph's physicians successfully separated conjoined twins – the first surgery of its type in New Jersey.


St. Joseph's Healthcare System physicians, nurses and health care providers saw over 1.6 million patients last year and have been a part of many exciting health care advances including:


  • Clinical collaboration with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital launched using new high definition Telemedicine Suite at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
  • Alfiero and Lucia Palestroni Birth Defects Center at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital dedicated
  • Expanded Emergency Department and MRI Suite dedicated
  • Outpatient Cardiac Catheterization Unit in Wayne
  • First Cervical Disc Replacement in New Jersey

Our Present and Future

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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.

Critical Care Building

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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 will connect 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 will accommodate guests. The Critical Care Building has been fully operational and complete as of October 19, 2011.


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