It was the dedication of two Teaneck surgeons and the leadership of a Catholic Sister that made Holy Name Medical Center a reality in 1925.
Recognizing the need to serve the sick and indigent of the community, Dr. Frank McCormack and Dr. George Pitkin appealed to Mother General Agatha Brown of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace for help in finding a suitable hospital site and in providing administrative and nursing staffs. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace had been a presence in New Jersey since 1885, one year after the order was founded in England with the goal of fostering worldwide peace and justice.
The Sisters purchased the estate of the late William Walter Phelps and erected the hospital, staffing it with members of their Order. They also welcomed their first class of students to the School of Nursing only weeks before the hospital opened. When the first patient, a woman with acute appendicitis, came through the hospital doors in October 1925, Holy Name had 115 beds and less than a dozen physicians. Only five years later, a unit with 70 beds was built to meet the needs of area residents who had been impoverished by the Great Depression.
Teaneck was little more than a rural village then; in all of Bergen County there were some 250,000 inhabitants. With the completion of the George Washington Bridge in 1931 and Route 4 only a few years later, the familiar cornfields and apple orchards began to disappear. A surge of development followed World War II, and the area soon became a prosperous residential and business community.
Holy Name thrived as well. In 1955 the hospital completed its second addition: the four-story 110-bed Marian Pavilion. Less than 10 years later, Holy Name added to the Pavilion; first with two stories that housed three units and then three additional floors on the other side of the building.
Increasing patient demand continued to accelerate Holy Name's growth, leading to another major expansion project. By the late 1970's, the Medical Center had added two more nursing units and the main building that serves as the centerpiece of the campus today. With each advancement, Holy Name has grown, not only in size but in reputation. Among the specialized services are the Regional Cancer Center, the Interventional Institute, the MS Center, the Institute for Simulation Learning, and the Institute for Clinical Research.
As Holy Name celebrates 90 years of caring and treatment, the Medical Center is still sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and remains committed to a ministry of healing. It continues to take innovative steps to remain a fully accredited, dynamic medical center by implementing advanced technologies and best practices in patient care, facilities management and emergency preparedness. These pursuits for new advances will always be accompanied by an unwavering commitment to superior patient care in a culturally sensitive environment - the hallmark of Holy Name Medical Center.
We are a community of caregivers committed to a ministry of healing, embracing the tradition of Catholic principles, the pursuit of professional excellence and conscientious stewardship. We help our community achieve the highest attainable level of health through prevention, education, and treatment.
Leading Edge Care
Holy Name Medical Center is a comprehensive, 361 bed acute care facility providing high-quality healthcare across a continuum that extends from prevention through treatment and on toward recovery and wellness. With more than 850 physicians representing more than 33 medical specialties, Holy Name provides an exceptional healthcare experience for its patients.
Centers of excellence at Holy Name include bariatric services, bone and joint care, breast care, cancer care, cardiovascular services, renal dialysis, emergency care, interventional radiology, maternal/child health, multiple sclerosis, sleep medicine, stroke care, and clinical research.
Located within a major metropolitan area, that boasts many world-class medical centers, Holy Name Medical Center is distinguished from other care facilities by our extensive history - and current practice - of innovation. Our history of significant achievements is punctuated by, but not limited to being:
- The first Medical Center in New Jersey, and the third in the world, to utilize respiratory gating technology in treatment of lung cancer, enhancing the accuracy of radiation therapy and minimizing exposure to adjacent, healthy tissue.
- The first Medical Center in New Jersey to perform Cardiac PET/CT stress testing, available only at a few select and prestigious medical institutions in the United States. We are also the first to offer both Cardiac PET/CT stress testing and 64-Slice CT Angiography.
- The first Medical Center in New Jersey to offer Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), a minimally invasive alternative to lung cancer surgery.
Holy Name Medical Center is the recipient of Primary Stroke Center designation, a recognition shared only by a distinct group of elite Medical Centers in New Jersey. Our state-of-the art Institute for Clinical Research exceeds the highest standards for implementing the most current and promising clinical trials. The Interventional Institute employs revolutionary technology in an effort to help remedy chronic and inoperable conditions without surgery. Additionally, the new department of Maternal/Fetal Medicine offers amazing 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging, helping to identify potential dangers and anomalies associated with high risk pregnancies.