Statue Marks 150th Anniversary of St. Joseph’s in Paterson, NJ

St. Joseph's Health System celebrated its 150th anniversary in a permanent way, with a statue at the site of its first hospital in downtown Paterson, NJ.

A quick shout-out to St. Joseph’s Health in nearby Paterson, NJ. Not many hospitals have been around under the same core name for 150 years. You can’t buy that kind of branding. St. Joe’s celebrated in an appropriate way–with a solid historic marker, which it placed on the original location of St. Joseph’s Hospital on Church Street, between Ellison and Market Streets. BUSINESS ANNIVERSARY TIP: If you’re celebrating longevity, a piece of public history like a statue makes great sense. It’s far better than a time capsule, which no one sees and often ends up being forgotten. And put it on your website as part of your About Us pages, as St. Joe’s did here. Astonishing how many companies overlook that! The inscription on the St. Joseph marker succinctly summarizes the history:

St. Joseph’s Hospital was founded at this Church Street location on September 8, 1867. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, they tirelessly tended to the city’s ill, injured and poor in the 12-bed wooden structure. This marker recognizes the 150 years that St. Joseph’s, now St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, a member of St. Joseph’s Health, and located at 703 Main Street, Paterson, has served the healthcare needs of its community. Celebrating 150 Years / Commitment to a Healthier Community / 1867-2017