PATERSON, NJ-  St. Joseph’s Health will expand their services to contend with the growing Coronavirus pandemic and projected surge of patients in Northern New Jersey by opening 110 acute care beds at the former Barnert Hospital.

Now operating as the Barnert Medical Arts Complex, Barnert Hospital served as a 236-bed hospital on Paterson’s East side for over 100 years before closing in 2008. Owned by Community Healthcare Associates (CHA), who undertook significant renovations on the building and secured several new healthcare providers to it, the additional space is expected to open in two weeks and be used for patients who require hospitalization

“We’re fast-tracking this effort to immediately bring additional hospital beds into the fight against the virus,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “Repurposing the Barnert facility will enable us to convert medical units at both our Paterson and Wayne hospitals into critical care beds at a time when patients suffering from COVID-19 are in growing need for more intensive care.”

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“We are joining forces to put as many resources as possible at the disposal of our frontline healthcare providers during this growing crisis,” said Bill Colgan, Managing Partner of CHA. “Time is of the essence to stay ahead of the surge, and we’re happy to do our part in order to ensure area residents can get the care they need.”

Colgan offered his gratitude to several of the complex’s current healthcare providers including Family of Caring Health and Rehabilitation and Turning Point, who have “agreed to uproot their businesses to safely transfer their patients out of the building in order to support this effort."

Welcoming the decision was Mayor Andre Sayegh who called it a “heroic effort” and said that not only will it have a significant impact on the residents of Paterson and surrounding communities, it will also “save lives.”

The decision to transform the space comes soon after State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli instructed hospitals and health systems across the state to look at all measures that could help absorb the surge of COVID-19 patients and in the wake of Governor Phil Murphy’s plea to any available health care professionals to aid in the effort. 

“We are extremely grateful to Bill Colgan, CHA, and everyone at the Barnert Medical Arts Complex for stepping up to help us and make this project a priority,” added Slavin.

 

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