1996 to 2001

Visionary Course Set for 21st Century -- Medical Center Becomes Namesake and Flagship of Saint Barnabas Health Care System

1996

Saint Barnabas Health Care System Receives FTC Approval for Statewide Network

The Federal Trade Commission approves the application by the Saint Barnabas Health Care System to form a statewide integrated health delivery system. The new entity includes eight acute-care hospitals: Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; Community Medical Center in Toms River; Irvington General Hospital; Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood; Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Union Hospital; and Wayne General Hospital. The System later expands to include Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, West Hudson Hospital in Kearney and Wayne General Hospital (which subsequently affiliates with a different organization). The combined resources of the facilities create the state’s largest health care system and eventually make it the state’s second largest private employer.

Academic and Strategic Relationship Formed with Mount Sinai

Ronald J. Del Mauro, President and Chief Executive Officer, says “the alliance will establish the Saint Barnabas Health Care System as the leading provider of graduate medical education in New Jersey. And partnering with Mount Sinai on clinical programs will enhance the quality of health care available to our patients.” Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center are designated as major teaching affiliates of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

1997

Healthy Baby Born After World’s First Successful Cytoplasmic Transfer

The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas Medical Center reports the birth of Emma, a healthy baby girl, born on May 9, 1997 – the first in the world to result from a new assisted reproduction procedure called cytoplasmic transfer.

1998

Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center Opens

Almost 2,000 people attend the grand opening of the unique new facility, hailed as one of the nation’s most sophisticated outpatient health care settings. Designed to provide the highest quality medical care, the Center strives to provide new standards for patient satisfaction. Among the ACC’s comforts and conveniences are a Concierge Staff; Complimentary Valet Parking and Parking Garage; On-site retail Pharmacy; Child Care Center; and complimentary Beeper Service, available upon request. Information on the many services available at this outpatient facility is available at Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center.

Saint Barnabas Performs State’s First Laparoscopic Kidney Donation

The new, breakthrough minimally invasive laparoscopic kidney retrieval allows a 28-year-old organ donor to donate a kidney to a loved one and be back at work in less than two weeks, shortening the prior recovery time by more than half. Stuart Geffner, M.D. Director of Transplant Surgery, performs the procedure. The same year, Dr. Geffner also performs a kidney transplant on a 14-month old baby, the youngest kidney transplant patient in New Jersey.

1999

Heart Medication Delivery Time Beats National and State Standard

Patients treated at Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s Emergency Department with clot-busting medication for heart attacks receive the life-saving drug in 13 minutes as compared to a national median time of 36 minutes and state median time of 38 minutes. This record “door-to-drug” time demonstrates how the Emergency Department team creates systems resulting in enhanced patient care.

2000

$20 Million HEART HOSPITAL of New Jersey Opens

One and a half years after creating a satellite cardiac surgery facility designed to strengthen the already established cardiac services at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Saint Barnabas announces its new HEART HOSPITAL of New Jersey. This “hospital-within-a-hospital” offers the most advanced and comprehensive cardiac care, including all cardiac-related programs from diagnostics to surgery and rehabilitation, in a comfortable, patient-focused facility designed to bring the latest breakthroughs to patients.

2001

Saint Barnabas Completes New Ultramodern Emergency Department

2001- Saint Barnabas Completes New Ultramodern Emergency Department To meet the needs of its vastly increasing patient population, the Medical Center constructs and equips a $5.5 million state-of-the-art Emergency Department, nearly doubling its former size and increasing capacity from 23 to 40 beds. The department provides critical support for every specialty program at Saint Barnabas and has service areas including Triage, Pediatric Care, Critical Care, Adult Medical/Surgical and Fast Track.

Martin G. Jacobs, M.D., Transplant Institute Celebrates Opening

Saint Barnabas2001 - Martin G. Jacobs, M.D., Transplant Institute Celebrates OpeningMedical Center’s status as a provider of leading edge treatment and follow-up care for patients with End Stage Renal Disease and type 1 diabetes (in conjunction with renal failure) is enhanced with the formation of this new facility, named for a physician who provided and continues to provide more than 30 years of medical leadership.


Burn Center Provides Specialized Care Following World Trade Center Disaster

On September 11, 2001, the nation is horrified by a terrorist attack that injures many and kills thousands more. The Burn Center of Saint Barnabas treats six patients hurt in the disaster while dozens of others are seen in the Emergency Department.

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