PATERSON, N.J - St. Joseph's Healthcare System is proud to announce the opening of a state-of-the-art Critical Care Building (CCB) on the campus of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. The opening of the CCB, the hub of the healthcare system's $250 million master facilities project, brings added value to northern New Jersey and the surrounding region.

"The largest master facilities construction initiative in St. Joseph's history is having a significant impact on the region," states William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Healthcare System. "The construction is enabling St. Joseph's 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. The CCB project, along with construction projects at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital and construction of the Medical Center lobby/conference center (completed in September 2010),  have also created construction jobs and numerous current and future health care jobs."

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Major features of the Critical Care Building include:

88 treatment areas in separate Pediatric, Geriatric and Adult emergency departments, including trauma, fast-track, triage rooms and treatment bays

12 advanced systems-integrated operating theaters, pre-operative and post-operative areas, and a dedicated surgical waiting area

56 new private patient critical care rooms in critical care units including: Cardiac Care Unit/Open Heart Cardiac Care Unit; Surgical Intensive Care Unit; Medical Intensive Care Unit

Rooftop Heliport capable of accepting the larger medical helicopters

Ambulance and mobile intensive care vestibule capable of handling multiple vehicles simultaneously

About St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1867, St. Joseph's Healthcare System encompasses St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, an academic tertiary medical center and state-designated trauma center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, a state-designated children's hospital in Paterson, NJ; St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, an acute care community hospital and division of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Wayne, NJ; and St. Vincent's Nursing Home, a long-term skilled nursing home in Cedar Grove, NJ. For more information about St. Joseph's, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.754.SJHS (7547).