Extending its reach – and care

From a small hospital in Yonkers to a robust and growing health-care system, Saint Joseph’s Medical Center remains true to its mission of providing high quality care for those in need.

What began over a century ago as a small community hospital on the corner of Vark Street and South Broadway in downtown Yonkers has emerged as a robust and growing health-care system ,serving patients with programs and services in cities, towns and villages from Port Chester to Yonkers, from the Bronx to Staten Island.

As Yonkers grew, so did Saint Joseph’s mission to assist all in need, especially the underserved. By the 1930s, the hospital outgrew the original building, so a new, modern wing was built. Growing pains led to another wing in the 1970s. 

Over the years, Saint Joseph’s has expanded with new or renovated facilities, keeping pace with modern advances and the needs of the times. New specialties were initiated based on what the community needed, all while maintaining its core services in the traditional hospital. 

Firsts include the Family Health Center, Family Medicine Residency Program, dental clinics and cardiology with the opening in 2020 of Yonkers’ only cardiac rehabilitation center. 

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center prides itself on providing high-quality, compassionate care in all of its inpatient and outpatient settings. It takes pride in its board-certified physicians and their dedication to the mission and standards of care at Saint Joseph’s. The hospital has consistently received the prestigious annual American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive timely and evidence-based stroke care. 

As society continues to battle the opioid crisis, Saint Joseph’s has established a pain stewardship committee that has been on the cutting edge of pain management, emphasizing prescribing nonnarcotic therapies and implementing key safety practices.

The hospital is also committed to graduate medical education with a Family Medicine Residency Program and a Podiatry Residency Program. The Family Medicine Residency Program has been in existence for 46 years, graduating approximately 500 residents to date. 

Saint Joseph’s tagline, “Here for You,” has been no more evident than during the Covid-19 pandemic when the hospital’s health-care heroes rose to the challenge, saving countless lives. 

The hospital’s high-quality, specialized programs include orthopedics, cardiology, family medicine, wound care with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, ambulatory surgery and behavioral health. It has a network of primary-care offices in Yonkers, the Bronx and Manhattan.

Besides its extensive inpatient and outpatient medical surgical services, Saint Joseph’s has been a leader in behavioral health services for more than 45 years. The hospital greatly expanded its psychiatric services with the acquisition in 2010 of St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester in Harrison. With that acquisition, the hospital expanded it inpatient behavioral beds by 139 and added a full spectrum of behavioral health services, including supportive housing.

It’s just one more way that “St. Joe’s” is “here for you.”

For more, visit saintjosephs.org.

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