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St. Joseph's is a system of health care services encompassing a 16-county service area with many outpatient and inpatient programs, satellites and affiliated organizations.

More than a facility for inpatients, St. Joseph's health care system puts the patient at the center of its activities. Health care services are available wherever patients are on the health continuum. The interconnection among St. Joseph's many programs and services allows those patients who need one or more services to receive them in a coordinated, continuous way. Not only does a network of services make it easier and more convenient for patients, but it also allows St. Joseph's to offer a complete array of high-quality services and fulfill the values of our mission: stewardship, compassion, reverence, excellence and integrity.

Components of our Health Care Network

  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Emergency Services
  • Ambulatory Surgery (Northeast and North Medical Surgery Centers)
  • College of Nursing
  • Family Medicine, Dental and Transitional Year Residency Programs
  • Primary Care Centers
  • Dialysis Centers (Downtown, Camillus, Liverpool, Fayetteville and Cortland)
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Educational and Wellness Programs
  • Franciscan Companies
  • Certified Home Health Care Agency

Specialty Services

In addition to providing general medical and surgical care, St. Joseph's offers specialty services, including:

  • Aesthetic surgery program
  • Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Dental services
  • Diabetes self-management
  • Emergency and intensive care services
  • Hemodialysis
  • Lymphedema
  • Maternity and outpatient pediatric services
  • Neurosurgery, including stereotactic-guided procedures
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Orthopedic diagnostics, surgery and rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation services (physical therapy, occupational therapy and cardiopulmonary)
  • Sleep Lab
  • The Birthplace

The Future

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center recently broke ground on an historic expansion project on the north end of its hospital campus. The $220 million project, which constructed a new emergency services building and new data center, and now is building news operating room suites, intensive care unit, private patient rooms, is the largest in the hospital's 145-year history. It also represents the largest “green” health care construction project in Upstate New York. St. Joseph's expansion will create 600 construction jobs and 200 new, permanent health care jobs.

St. Joseph’s New State-of-the-Art ED


Emergency care nurses at St. Joseph's have an opportunity to practice in the hospital's new Emergency Services Building, which opened in 2012. Included in this state-of-the-art facility is the emergency department (ED), which is part of a $220 million hospital expansion that includes a patient tower with private rooms, new operating room suites, intensive care unit, data center and kitchen. It is one of the largest “green” health care construction projects in New York state.

The new Emergency Services Building houses 54 patient exam rooms in the ED and a 15-bed Clinical Observation Unit/Chest Pain Center. The Clinical Observation Unit/Chest Pain Center enhances ED efficiency and reduces average length of stay by up to 30 percent. The result: dramatically reduced patient wait times and increased quality of patient care.

The ED is laid out in a ballroom configuration so that each room is visible from a physician/nurse work area. This open floor plan is divided into three patient care zones to allow for team staffing and the clustering of patients based on individual needs. Each zone has been designed to have patient exam rooms located central to a charting and support core. Each zone has an AccuDose medication dispensing machine, point of care testing area and nutritional station. Each zone has distinct differences with the following specialty areas being distributed throughout the ED: a patient room for victims of sexual assault, critical care bays adjacent to a private waiting room and family consultation area, two negative pressure rooms, and a Bereavement Room that will offer families private time with a deceased family member.

Knowing the positive effect natural light has on the body's physiological comfort and psychological well-being, the new ED has been designed with skylights to provide a sense of openness and tranquility.

Co-located as part of the Emergency Services Building, the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program has more than doubled in size, allowing for the proper treatment and isolation of patients with varying degrees of illness and reduced treatment times.

St. Joseph's ED serves nearly 70,000 patients a year and receives more ambulance transports than any other area hospital. 

St. Joseph's is the cardiac center for Central New York. The ED provides patients direct access to our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory. St. Joseph's is Syracuse's first Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI.

The hospital follows the Emergency Nurses Association guidelines for nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Staffing patterns are predominantly a patient to nurse acute care ratio of three to one. A supportive environment is provided through 24-hour management via three clinical coordinators, a manager and director.

The ED is designed not only to enhance the healing environment but also to foster a quality relationship between patients, families and providers. St. Joseph's embraces a relationship-based care model that recognizes that the essence of care is experienced when one human being connects with another; when patients are seen as human beings and not a diagnosis; and when patients are treated with respect. The new ED is designed to support this model for the benefit of patients, families and staff.

Experience: One year of recent professional experience in emergency or intensive care is required.

Hours: A variety of staffing patterns are offered. Flexible staffing patterns include four-, eight-, 10- and 12-hour shifts. St. Joseph's prides itself in assisting each employee to achieve a schedule that meets his or her needs.

Educational Opportunities: St. Joseph's offers a stimulating and supportive environment with preceptor and mentoring opportunities for professional growth. A one-on-one orientation program includes an extensive critical care and emergency nursing course. Other programs include ACLS, PALS, or ENPC, TNCC and an advanced critical care course with a strong concentration on 12-lead ECG interpretation. National certification is available through the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). Hospital tuition reimbursement is available.