Residents of northern New Jersey can take advantage of a new cancer care option after Hackensack Meridian Health and St. Joseph’s Health cut the ribbon Sept. 27 on an infusion center in Passaic County.
Located on the St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center campus, the new facility brings the expertise of HMH’s John Theurer Cancer Center to a wider population of patients.
“The opening of this new infusion center is the first step of the oncology partnership between our two health networks,” said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Kevin Slavin. “As our partnership continues to evolve, that means the best cancer care is more accessible for residents in the surrounding communities.”
The move is an extension of the affiliation the two health care providers forged two years ago. The arrangement was designed to improve access to clinical trials and specialists in St. Joseph’s region.
“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. “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.”
The partners said they plan to expand into St. Joseph’s Paterson campus and a new location in Totowa. The latter site, at 225 Minnisink Road, will open later this year.
Earlier this year, federal antitrust regulators blocked a merger between HMH and Englewood Health. In an interview with NJBIZ, Hackensack Meridian CEO Robert Garrett cited the partnership with St. Joseph’s as the type of deal large systems could still forge in a difficult regulatory environment.
“I look at the model that we created up at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in northern New Jersey, which has been very, very successful. We focused on doing home care together. We focused on doing rehabilitation together. And now we just recently, as you know, signed a partnership with St. Joe’s to provide cancer care to residents of northern New Jersey together,” Garrett said at the time. “We’re still independent, we have independent boards. We didn’t merge, but we’re working very collaboratively, very closely together. So there are other structures out there, but now I’d hate to see mergers and acquisitions just not be available, because sometimes it may be the only way that a hospital that otherwise might not survive financially can survive — if they did have the benefit of a larger health system where that system could provide capital for new programs, new services. There may be no other way. So it may not be the only tool in the in the toolkit, but it still I think will be an important one.”"