Press Releases Pascrell Announces $3.1 Million for St. Joseph’s Hospital

U.S. Rep. Bil Pascrell, Jr.

February 13, 2024 4:33 pm

Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $3,125,845.45 to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept through New Jersey, St. Joseph’s implemented emergency protective measures to combat the spread of the virus. The federal award announced today will reimburse the hospital for expenses related to these measures, including the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other lifesaving resources. Congressman Pascrell had worked with the hospital and agency to ensure delivery of this funding.

“While our brave healthcare workers continue to respond to COVID-19, we must ensure that efforts to protect individuals who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 continue to receive federal support,” said Congressman Pascrell, a former Paterson mayor and former member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. “This grant sought by my office will directly assist the patients, medical professionals, and staff at St. Joseph’s by covering the costs they incurred as the pandemic was at its peak. Federal funding is essential to the health of our community, and I will continue to work with FEMA and other federal agencies to deliver funding like this for our cities and towns.”

“We are grateful to Congressman Pascrell for securing this critical funding.  He continues to fight to help ensure that our frontline team members are able to provide high-quality, groundbreaking care to residents throughout northern New Jersey,” said Dustin M. Riccio, MD, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health.  “St. Joseph’s was at ground zero of the COVID-19 pandemic and we met the challenge head-on with a team of talented, compassionate and courageous clinical and support personnel.  They cared for patients during what can only be called an unprecedented national healthcare emergency and showed their commitment to the community they serve, while placing their own health at risk. The funding awarded to St. Joseph’s Health will bolster our response to emerging healthcare needs while enabling us to better serve patients and help keep our communities safe.” 

Throughout the pandemic, Congressman Pascrell maintained constant contact with federal agencies to ensure North Jersey received every federal dollar needed to combat COVID-19 while supporting residents and easing the financial strain that so many working New Jerseyans faced.