“I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Faith in Paterson award, positive recognition and appreciation that St. Joseph’s efforts to revolutionize healthcare is also revitalizing our community,” stated Mr. McDonald. “For nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System has been a staple of the City of Paterson and a leader in our state’s healthcare industry. St. Joseph’s is an outstanding healthcare resource and faith-based advocate, driven by a strong mission and global vision that will remain focused on providing the best services available,” he added.
To meet a growing demand for inpatient and outpatient services, Mr. McDonald spearheaded a major $250 million facilities renovation and expansion of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center highlighted by the completion of the new ultramodern Critical Care Building with pediatric, adult and geriatric emergency departments, multiple critical care floors, operating suites and a roof-top helipad. Projects also include the regional medical center’s main lobby and conference center with circular drive and adjacent parking garage, an outpatient lobby entrance and reception area, the DePaul Ambulatory Care Center for adult and pediatric outpatients, and renovation of all patient care units.
Revitalization in South Paterson includes initiatives surrounding the hospital in Redevelopment Area Number 11, for which St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center was designated official developer several years ago by the City of Paterson. In addition to projects taking place on the hospital campus itself, Area 11 redevelopment projects include a medical high school, luxury style housing at Barclay and Courtland Streets, condominiums at Courtland and Camden Streets, behavioral health residential housing on Barclay Street, professional office space at Main and Levine Streets, a Walgreens Pharmacy on Main Street, medical office space at Hine Street, and an adult day care facility on Marshall Street.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System received designation as a clinical branch campus of New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System in the Fall of 2013. In January 2014, Medical Missions for Children, headquartered at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and The Hampshire Group announced the construction of two towers. One structure, located on the corner of Main and Levine Streets, will house the New York Medical College Regional Branch Campus at St. Joseph’s and a physicians’ office building. The second tower, located on the St. Joseph’s campus adjacent to the medical center will house the Hamiltonian Conference and Banquet Center, a full service Hilton Garden Inn, as well as two restaurants.
According to GPCC President Jamie Dykes, the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce is honoring Mr. McDonald and his work at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center because of the tremendous leadership “in developing the area around the hospital. Paterson will not only greatly benefit from the added services, but also from the amount of jobs that will become available through St. Joseph’s initiatives as well as a significant boost to Paterson’s tax base.”
Mr. McDonald received his undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice/Criminology from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, the flagship of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in May 2004. He was subsequently named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in 2006, bringing more than 30 years of expertise and experience in executive level healthcare management to his position at St. Joseph’s.
“Since joining the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System family ten years ago, it has been my privilege and priority to enhance the scope of services and environments for healing at St. Joseph’s, while also enhancing our greater campus and the neighboring South Paterson community,” added Mr. McDonald.
Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a leading not-for-profit tertiary medical center and major academic institution located in Northern New Jersey. An integrated comprehensive healthcare organization, St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated healthcare with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. To learn more, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).