St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health: Affiliation Brings More Advanced Cancer Care To Northern New Jersey

(WAYNE, NJ) -  September 27, 2022 – St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health are proud to announce a clinical affiliation that brings the expertise of Hackensack Meridian Health’s John Theurer Cancer Center – offering the highest levels of cancer care – to residents of Northern New Jersey. The first step of a more extensive oncology partnership was made official today with the announcement of a new infusion center located on the St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center campus in Wayne.

 John Theurer Cancer Center is part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.  It has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the state’s premier cancer centers in New Jersey. The partnership means better access to clinical trials and highly subspecialized medical expertise for residents in the Wayne area.

“The opening of this new infusion center is the first step of the oncology partnership between our two health networks,” says Kevin. J. Slavin, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “As our partnership continues to evolve, that means the best cancer care is more accessible for residents in the surrounding communities.”

Two years ago, St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced a clinical and strategic partnership that deepens both organizations' commitment to expanding access to care and delivering the highest quality throughout the region. Expanding oncology services is one such example of how the partnership is bringing additional expertise to the community.

“We are pleased to expand our nationally-recognized team from Hackensack University Medical Center’s John Theurer Cancer Center to more communities in New Jersey,” says Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “This affiliation brings an exceptional lineup of oncologists and highly specialized care. It’s been a goal of ours to make sure that every New Jersey resident has access to high-quality compassionate care that’s accessible and convenient.”

Patient navigators will be key in this partnership, working with patients every step of the way to help guide patients regarding screenings, treatments and clinical trials when relevant. The partnership will also bring a better quality of care to underserved populations.

The partnership has plans to extend into St. Joseph’s Paterson campus and a new location in Totowa. The Totowa location, at 225 Minnisink Road, will open later this year.

 “We are thrilled to open our new infusion center, which provides our patients treatment not only for cancer, but also a wide variety of other conditions that require infusion therapy or injections,” said Jane White, Vice President of Oncology at St. Joseph’s Health.  “Our infusion nurses, who are certified in oncology nursing and chemotherapy administration, work collaboratively with physicians to ensure patients receive high quality, safe care. Through our partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, we will continue exploring additional ways to enhance our Oncology Services.” 

St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health celebrated the opening of a new Infusion Center on the campus of St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center. This is the first step of a more extensive oncology partnership that brings the expertise of Hackensack Meridian Health’s John Theurer Cancer Center to residents of northern New Jersey. From left to right: Mark Sparta, FACHE, President and Chief Hospital Executive, Northern Region, Hackensack Meridian Health;  Adnan Danish, MD, Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology, St. Joseph’s Health; Joseph Duffy, MD, Chief Medical Officer, St. Joseph’s Health; Stephan Dorkhom, DO, Chief, Department of Medicine, St. Joseph’s Health; Andre Goy, MD, M.S., Chair and Director of Hackensack Meridian John Theurer Cancer Center; Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health; Kevin Slavin, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health; Christopher P. Vergano, Mayor of Wayne; Jane White, Vice President, Oncology, St. Joseph’s Health; Sabin Motwani, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, St. Joseph’s Health; and Mark Stauder, President, Hospitals and Health Services Divisions and Chief Operating Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health.

 

Press Contacts:

Danielle Woodruffe
Hackensack Meridian Health
201-249-4838
Danielle.woodruffe@hmhn.org

Sheri Hensley
St. Joseph’s Health
201-300-7928
hensleys@sjhmc.org

ABOUT ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH

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 www.stjosephshealth.org.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit healthcare organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick; and a behavioral health hospital, Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 35,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare/2019 by Becker’s Healthcare.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the only private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org

About Hackensack Meridian John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's best cancer center, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report.  As a premier cancer center in the State we are also the largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screening, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers. The 16 specialized divisions covering the complete spectrum of cancer care have developed a close-knit team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. John Theurer Cancer Center is part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. Housed within a 775-bed not-for-profit teaching, tertiary care, and research hospital, John Theurer Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art technological advances, compassionate care, research innovations, medical expertise, and a full range of aftercare services that distinguish John Theurer Cancer Center from other facilities.  For additional information, please visit www.jtcancercenter.org.

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