TOTOWA, NJ – St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced the opening of The Cancer Center at Totowa on Thursday. Located on the St. Joseph’s Health Totowa campus, the Center is a partnership with Hackensack Meridian’s John Theurer Cancer Center. The new center, spanning 70,000 square feet at 225 Minnisink Road, is the marquee facility of the partnering organizations’ three enhanced cancer centers – a combined effort to bring comprehensive cancer care throughout the region.
“Cancer patients will be treated by our nationally-recognized team from Hackensack University Medical Center’s John Theurer Cancer Center,” Robert Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health said. “This was our vision all along – to make sure every patient has access to the greatest care there is in their journey.”
“We’re thrilled to bring the advanced expertise of the John Theurer Cancer Center to residents in the surrounding communities,” Kevin Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health said. “When our teams work together, our patients win.”
The Cancer Center at Totowa offers a range of services including genomic testing, immunotherapy, diagnostic services, infusion services, lab services, medical oncology, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy. Additionally, nutrition and counseling services are available to support patients throughout their cancer journey. The center also focuses on medical research and will offer novel clinical trials, providing renewed hope for patients.
“We wanted to create a new program in an unmet area where there was not enough access to advanced oncologic services,” Andre Goy, MD, chairman and chief physician officer of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center said. “The future is diagnostic; it’s moving toward early diagnosis, early intervention, and prevention, and to be able to bring those capabilities to an untapped region in our state and reduce the impact of cancer is outstanding.”
The Cancer Center at Totowa is a testament to the commitment of both organizations to expand access to advanced healthcare, a statement said following the ribbon cutting. The facility is made possible in part through a generous donation by the Nicholas Martini Foundation and Judge William Martini, a long-time supporter of healthcare and educational efforts throughout Northern New Jersey.
“Our family is thrilled to see how this cancer center has come to life, all for the benefit of patients within this region,” Martini, a United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey and president of the Nicholas Martini Foundation said. “This is the future of healthcare.”
The collaboration between Hackensack Meridian Health and St. Joseph’s Health networks aims to provide all New Jersey residents with access to advanced, high-quality healthcare. Their partnership began in 2017 with the launch of Visiting Health Services of New Jersey and expanded in 2019 to include areas of oncology and rehabilitation.
“To have two organizations like St. Joe’s and Hackensack Meridian here for our residents and for neighboring towns is great for us,” Mayor John Coiro said. “It really helps our residents and neighboring residents have access to some of the greatest care available.”
“This cancer center is going to do so much for so many people, not just in our town, but in the surrounding communities,” Senator Kristin Corrado said. “We all know how horrific cancer is, and this center will truly bring comfort to patients to have a place to go that is close and convenient.”
John Theurer Cancer Center, part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, is an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the state’s premier cancer centers in New Jersey.