Health System Invests in Improvements to Turn Around Hospitals in Michigan
and New Jersey from Struggling to Thriving
(ONTARIO, Calif. – December 19, 2019) – Garden City Hospital in Garden City, MI., and St. Mary’s
General Hospital in Passaic, NJ were both struggling financially and facing
the possibility of closure in early 2014 when they were acquired by Prime
Healthcare. Today, these two hospitals share parallel stories of survival
and resilience as they celebrate five years since joining one of the largest
hospital networks in the country.
Both hospitals have thrived under Prime’s leadership, preserving
their legacies as important community assets and providing award-winning,
innovative health care to all those in need. The two are among 45 struggling
hospitals across the country that have been restored to financial health
after being acquired by Prime, earning the hospital system a national
reputation for its managerial expertise and focus on clinical excellence
and patient experience.
Community members in Michigan and New Jersey credit Prime for ensuring
the long-term survival of their important health institutions.
“Garden City Hospital was struggling to meet the basic needs of our
community in early 2014, but by the end of that year Prime Healthcare
was already delivering on its promise to revitalize our hospital,”
said Saju George, CEO of Garden City Hospital. “Today, our hospital
has improved in every way – adding new equipment, expanding our
facilities and infrastructure, and streamlining processes to produce better
George noted that the transformation has earned Garden City the prestigious
Everest Award from IBM Watson Health, presented to only 15 hospitals in
2019 that earned the IBM Watson Health™ 100 Top Hospitals® designation for improvements over a five-year period.
Prime Healthcare invested more than $41 million in upgrades at Garden City
Hospital since 2014, and likewise invested more than $49 million to transform
St. Mary’s General Hospital.
“When we bring a hospital into the Prime Healthcare network, we make
a commitment to the hospital as well as to the community that relies upon
it as vital resource,” said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman,
President and CEO of Prime Healthcare. “Each hospital is unique
and requires special attention to strengthen, build and improve its programs
and facilities. We are pleased to celebrate two successful examples of
Prime Healthcare’s mission at work."
Edward J. Condit, CEO of St. Mary’s General Hospital, recalled the
struggles the hospital faced prior to Prime’s acquisition.
“St. Mary’s General Hospital is firmly rooted in our Catholic
heritage and our healing ministry, so it was a very difficult chapter
in our history when outdated equipment limited our capabilities,”
said Condit. “In the years since, Prime Healthcare has completely
turned around our facility and given us the tools that we need to deliver
exceptional care in a welcoming environment, and we’re better prepared
to handle complex medical conditions than ever before.”
Most recently, St. Mary’s implemented a program to better serve the
local growing Orthodox Jewish community that involved educating staff
about the community’s beliefs, activities, and restrictions. Changes
to the facility and processes are also planned to better accommodate Orthodox
Jewish patients – such as a Shabbos elevator, Shabbos path and local
Government leaders also had strong praise for Prime’s leadership
at St. Mary’s. “Like many urban hospitals, St. Mary’s
was facing a difficult and untenable situation before Dr. Reddy and Prime
Healthcare provided the financial resources and clinical expertise to
help preserve this vital healthcare institution for the Passaic City community,”
said Assemblyman Gary Schaer, D-Passaic and Passaic City Council President.
“Since then I have been impressed by Prime’s commitment and
the efforts of the hospital’s leadership and staff. After millions
of dollars of investments in new equipment and facilities, and recognitions
of clinical excellence from nationally renowned hospital rating agencies
including Healthgrades and the Leapfrog Group, we are fortunate to still
have a hometown hospital to serve the needs of all residents of Passaic
and surrounding communities for generations to come.”
Garden City Hospital
In the five years under Prime’s ownership, Garden City Hospital has
shown improvements in patient safety, efficiency and patient outcomes,
all while reducing costs. This year, the hospital celebrated the opening
of a second new cardiac catheterization lab with added capabilities, two
brand-new inpatient units with private rooms, an updated family birthing
center, process improvements in the ER and new digital technology in radiology.
Garden City Hospital also introduced a new primary care Continuity Clinic
with board-certified internal medicine physicians and residents working
together to provide a continuing care option for those without a primary
care doctor, as well as a student art gallery for therapeutic healing.
The hospital held two open house events in September to mark its five-year
anniversary under Prime ownership, and more than 900 people, including
Garden City Hospital staff, physicians, members of the business community
and local dignitaries attended.
St. Mary’s General Hospital
Since joining Prime, St. Mary’s General Hospital has improved in
nearly every measurable area, including quality care and cost-effectiveness.
New programs spanning the arc of life from maternal-child health to senior
care provide specialized services for all members of the community. A
new electronic medical record system has improved efficiency, and renovations
to the ICU, medical units, and an endoscopy suite have benefited patient
care. Equally exciting is a new Breast Health Center and cardiothoracic team.
These changes have led to significant local and national awards and recognitions,
including Healthgrades and Leapfrog awards, along with accreditations
as a state-designated Heart Center, Certified Stroke Center, and a Certified
Chest Pain Center. New ventures for the first quarter of 2020 include
a revitalized Orthopedic Department, a new Lineac machine to continue
expansion of the Cancer Center, and an inpatient Behavioral Health Unit
to meet the needs of an underserved patient population. Prime has also
enabled St. Mary’s General Hospital to provide charity care at levels
higher than ever before.
Garden City Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital are proud to
be part of Prime Healthcare’s legacy of saving hospitals, saving
jobs, and saving lives.
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About Prime Healthcare:
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care
hospitals and more than 100 outpatient locations providing nearly 40,000
jobs in 14 states. Fifteen of the hospitals are not-for-profit and members
of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity. Based in
California and one of the largest hospital systems in the
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Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 47 times and among the “15
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