St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health: Affiliation Brings Advanced Rehabilitation Care To Northern New Jersey   

St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health: Affiliation Brings Advanced Rehabilitation Care To Northern New Jersey

St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health are proud to announce a clinical affiliation that brings the expertise of the Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI) – offering the highest levels of rehabilitation medicine – to residents of Northern New Jersey. Recognized as one of the nation’s top acute rehabilitation hospitals, with leading experts and specialty programs, JRI services will now be located on the St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center campus in Wayne.

“As our partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health continues to evolve, that means enhanced rehab services for residents in the surrounding communities,” says Kevin. J. Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “Our patients will benefit from the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s decades of exceptional treatment to rebuild shattered lives and restore independence.”

Two years ago, St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced a clinical and strategic partnership that deepens both organizations' commitment to providing access and delivering the highest quality throughout the region. Expanding rehabilitation services is one such example of how the partnership is bringing additional expertise to the community.

“We are pleased to expand our nationally-recognized Johnson Rehabilitation team to North Jersey,” says Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Throughout the state, our experts have been improving lives through their vast expertise in healing and restoring quality of life after a traumatic episode.”

For more than 50 years, the nationally-acclaimed JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has been a leader in the field, breaking ground in the areas of stroke rehabilitation, innovative orthopedic programs, cutting edge fitness, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Johnson Rehab specialists to St. Joseph’s to enhance an already strong program,” says Sara Cuccurullo, MD, Medical Director and Vice President of the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. “Our highly trained experts will advance the work in helping patients reach their highest levels of recovery.”

The JFK Johnson Rehab Institute is ranked 30th in the nation for acute rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.

“When expert teams work together, our patients win,” says Priscilla Kaszubski, DO, Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine for St. Joseph’s Health. “The additional capabilities of the Johnson Rehabilitation physicians and staff means that patients who suffered from traumatic injuries or illness have an even better chance at restoring independence and regaining quality of life.”

“The partnership of our two organizations deepens our commitment to the communities we serve,” says Roger Rossi, DO, Medical Director, Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center. “The ability to extend the already proven and experienced strengths and services of the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute to more individuals in New Jersey and beyond is a tremendous honor."

Press Contacts:

Danielle Woodruffe

Hackensack Meridian Health


Pam Garretson

St. Joseph’s Health



Founded in 1867, St. Joseph’s Health is a healing ministry of the Catholic Church and has proudly served the residents of New Jersey and the metropolitan area for over 152 years. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s is committed to providing high quality care to all those in need, with a special concern for the poor, vulnerable, and underserved. From 102 patients in the first year of operation to more than 1.6 million patient-visits in 2018, St. Joseph’s continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey.

The world-class healthcare network — supported by over 6,000 renowned physicians, nurses and care teams — is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Totowa) and over 36 ambulatory care centers located throughout northern New Jersey.

Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence (the profession’s highest honor – an accomplishment reached by only 12 hospitals nationwide); and recognized by US News with a Top Nursing Home award and a five-star rating.

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