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State Approves Permanent Operating Status for St. Joseph Campus

December 15, 2010

Catholic Health has received official notice from the New York State Department of Health that Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus has received “permanent life status” with regards to its operating certificate to ensure the health and safety of the residents of Cheektowaga and its surrounding communities.

The campus has been operating with a three-year limited life operating certificate since 2008. Sisters Hospital officially merged with St. Joseph Hospital on April 1, 2009 as part of an agreement with the State to keep the campus open. The limited life operating certificate was due to expire on June 30, 2011.

“This is certainly wonderful news for our patients, staff and the community long-served by St. Joseph and a validation of our belief that the campus is a valuable health asset, providing high quality care and jobs in the community,” said Joseph D. McDonald, president and CEO of Catholic Health.

“We offer our sincere gratitude to the staff at Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus for their commitment to excellence in patient care,” he said. “Our physicians, clinicians and leaders have maintained the highest standards of medical care throughout the long and difficult journey at St. Joseph, which began in December, 2006, when the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the Twenty First Century (also known as the Berger Commission), recommended the facility be closed.”

“We believed then, as we believe now, that St. Joseph has a bright future. That faith has been validated,” McDonald added.

“Over the past few months Catholic Health leadership has been meeting with the Department of Health to discuss removing the limited life status for St. Joseph Campus,” said Peter U. Bergmann, president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Hospital. “Within these discussions, the State set strong criteria which our team had to demonstrate St. Joseph met before permanent life status could be granted.”

“Our demonstration of the value of the campus was well received by Health Department officials and discussions were extremely productive,” Bergmann added.

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