St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson is reviewing the possibility of partnering with other health care organizations to increase cost efficiency and patient volume.
Under any partnership, St. Joseph’s would remain a Catholic organization and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The review process is being conducted under the guidance of a partnerships committee appointed the hospital’s board of trustees. Any partnership must also focus on serving vulnerable populations.
“Our strong market position and recognized quality of care makes us a desirable partner for many health systems in the region,” explained Kevin Slavin, CEO of St. Joseph’s Health, in a prepared statement. “Our goal through this process is to determine whether there is a right fit with an organization that shares our commitment to the community and vision for the future.”
St. Joseph’s operates the 566-bed St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson; St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, also in Paterson; St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in Wayne Township; St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center in Cedar Grove; the Visiting Health Services of New Jersey; and multiple outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers throughout North Jersey. In all, the system employs over 5,000 doctors, nurses and care teams.
In early June, the hospital gained national recognition for its Alternatives to Opioids program, which does not administer opioid painkillers in its emergency department, but instead gives patients nonaddictive pain medications that are as just as effective as opioids. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill to nationalize the program.