Our Mission

Keeping faith with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and guided by the Bishop of Metuchen, Saint Peter's University Hospital is committed to humble service to humanity, especially the poor, through competence and good stewardship of resources.

We minister to the whole person, body and spirit, preserving the dignity and sacredness of each life. We are pledged to the creation of an environment of mutual support among our employees, physicians and volunteers and to the education and training of healthcare personnel.

We are witnesses in our community to the highest ethical and moral principles in pursuit of excellence and patient safety.

Our History

The first Saint Peter’s Hospital opened in New Brunswick in 1872. With the strong encouragement of Monsignor John O’Grady, pastor of Saint Peter’s Church in New Brunswick, Saint Peter’s General Hospital opened in the Victorian home of former postmaster Charles Russell at Somerset and Hardenburgh streets in New Brunswick. Monsignor O’Grady asked the Grey Nuns of Montreal, also known as sisters of charity for their work with the needy, to run the hospital. There were six Grey Nuns, eight local physicians, and six other staff members when Saint Peter’s General Hospital opened. The year was 1907. Saint Peter’s admitted its first patient, a 28-year-old stenographer, on November 8, 1907, with a “floating kidney,” a common diagnosis (for abdominal pain) at the time. Within the month, the hospital beds were inadequate for the demand.  In March of the following year, the hospital was incorporated with the Reverend Thomas J. Walsh, DD, LLD, then Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, serving as president of the board of directors. The first baby born at Saint Peter’s came in 1909.
By 1910, the hospital had to build a new wing, adding 16 beds to the original 25.  In 1915, a 14-bed maternity wing was built for obstetrical and newborn care.  At the same time, a six-bed pediatric ward was established. 
Today, Saint Peter’s University Hospital stands on nine acres of land on Easton Avenue donated to the hospital in 1923 by the Diocese of Trenton. The land had been the former home of Saint Mary’s Orphan Asylum and Home for the Aged which closed in 1926. The new hospital did not open there, though, until 1929, after an ambitious campaign to raise the money needed to build the first specially designed healthcare facility that would be home to Saint Peter’s. There would be many subsequent construction projects during the next decades, including major expansions during the 1970s under the leadership of Sister Marie de Pazzi, who was a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace. Sister Marie and the Sisters of Joseph of Peace took over the leadership of Saint Peter’s when the Grey Nuns returned ownership of the hospital to the Diocese of Trenton. In 1981 following the completion of the centennial of the Trenton Diocese, the Diocese of Metuchen was created by Pope John Paul II. The next year Saint Peter’s Medical Center’s ownership was transferred to the Diocese of Metuchen, which is the current sponsor of Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Welcome to Saint Peter's Healthcare System

Saint Peter's Healthcare System was formed in 2007 and reflects the expansive scope of health and wellness services we offer to our community.

Our services are offered to all. We are a Catholic institution with a capital "C" and a small "c." We draw inspiration from our religious heritage. Our care for others is universal, extending to those of other faiths and in some cases, of no faith whatsoever. Without question, the fact that ours is a faith-based healthcare delivery system is of primary significance. At Saint Peter's Healthcare System, you will find leading-edge technology and an experienced staff. You will also find the trust and compassion that we have always been known for.

This is our legacy—our very sacred ministry.

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services ​

Saint Peter's Healthcare System is comprised of the following healthcare organizations.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a non-profit, 478-bed acute care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s brings the latest medical practices and highly skilled professionals to the bedside. We employ more than 3,600 healthcare professionals and support personnel, and more than 1,000 doctors and dentists are on staff at our hospital. We treat more than 23,000 inpatients and more than 245,000 outpatients yearly.

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The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Caring for children has always been very important for Saint Peter’s. As a state-designated children’s hospital, we offer many specialty services for children. We care for high-risk babies and seriously ill children in our Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care units. Our Child Life Program helps to educate and prepare children for their stay at Saint Peter’s, while our Pediatric Emergency Department can handle any injury or illness a child may have. At The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s we care for 9,000 inpatients and over 45,000 outpatients each year in our facilities and the Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Emergency Department.

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Saint Peter’s Foundation

As the fundraising arm of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Saint Peter’s Foundation relies on generous contributions from members of the communities Saint Peter’s serves. These funds help us to strengthen our programs, maintain and upgrade facilities and provide for new technologies, allowing us to continue to provide the best care for our patients.

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Saint Peter’s Physician Associates

Saint Peter’s Physicians Associates is a network of primary care and specialty physicians’ services from Pediatrics to Primary Care, from Cardiology to Oncology, from Breast Health to Surgery and from Maternal-Fetal Medicine to Fertility.

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Saint Peter’s Health & Management Services Corporation

Saint Peter’s Health & Management Services Corporation focuses on the wide group of the system’s non-hospital related healthcare services.

CARES Surgicenter

Today, many surgical patients are looking for little disruption to their lives and would rather rest and recover in the comfort of their own homes. The CARES Surgicenter, located in the Center for Ambulatory Resources next to the hospital, helps over 10,000 children and adults requiring same‑day surgery do just that each year. Here we offer complete medical services in our state-of-the-art facility with seven operating rooms and two minor procedure rooms for colonoscopies and endoscopies; general, breast, ear, nose and throat (ENT), gynecologic, orthopedic, pediatric, ophthalmologic, cosmetic and reconstructive, podiatric and urological surgeries.

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