Celebrating 35 Years of Serving Our Community

The story of Palisades Medical Center parallels the story of the Hudson River community.

Together, we have faced tremendous stresses and challenges, as well as enjoyed remarkable accomplishments and experienced great pride. Here is a brief timeline of our history:

2000s — Bringing World Class Care to our Community

  • 2013: Palisades Medical Center is recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare."
  • 2013: Palisades Medical Center opens its new Pediatrics Unit to provide young patients with child-friendly rooms, expanded amenities, a playroom and areas for family games and activities.
  • 2012: Palisades Medical Center's Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program earns national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
  • 2012: Palisades Medical Center and Hackensack University Health Network sign an affiliation agreement to collaborate and expand clinical programs and services, further improving the high-quality medical care Palisades provides patients in Hudson and southern Bergen County.
  • 2011: The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) recognizes Palisades Medical Center's Faith-Based Community Outreach Initiative with its 2011 Community Outreach Award for its unique and effective methods of reaching out to better serve the healthcare needs of area residents.
  • 2010: The Palisades Medical Center Foundation sets new fundraising records during its annual signature events. The 2010 Star Stream Ball raises more than $300,000 and the 20th Annual Palisades Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament generates $270,000.
  • 2010: The American Heart Association (AHA) recognizes Palisades Medical Center with the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award for reaching an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85% compliance as outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology.
  • 2010: Staff at Palisades Medical Center begin using a new, state-of-the-art online program to learn vital ACLS skills that are needed to help save lives. An alternative to traditional, classroom-based ACLS training, the self-directed HeartCode ACLS online program features online tutorials, a voice-assisted mannequin, and "e-Simulation" technology to let students participate in realistic patient scenarios.
  • 2010: Palisades Medical Center earns 2010 Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.
  • 2009: Palisades Medical Center receives worldwide media attention after successfully providing emergency care to several passengers of the "Miracle on the Hudson" US Airways Flight 1549 that was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River.
  • 2009: The Harborage at Palisades Medical Center received the highest rankings possible from both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).
  • 2009: Palisades' Emergency Room is renovated with new technologies, a new patient-centered system and a new Rapid Evaluation Unit (REU) to provide immediate assessment to incoming patients and allow for faster triage and bedside registration.
  • 2009: Palisades expanded its Pediatric Rehabilitation Program to support the special needs of children with disabilities and developmental delays, including children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Torticollis, and Genetic disorders.
  • 2008: The Sleep-Wake Center at Palisades was one of the few centers in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). As the leading voice in the field of sleep medicine, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in health care, education and research.
  • 2008: Palisades officially opened a new Continence Center to treat women who experience problems with incontinence or with their urinary tracts or bladders.
  • 2008: Palisades became the first hospital in Hudson County to implement the new computerized Medication Administration Check (MAK) system to correctly match patients against their medication orders, create a record of when medicines are given and raise "red flags" when there are potential problems.
  • 2007: The Wound & Limb Healing Institute, the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department, and the Physical Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Center open to the public.
  • 2007: A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training program is created to teach leaders of various religions to minister to a spiritually diverse population.
  • 2006: Arthur E. Imperatore makes a $2 million bequest to support the Palisades Medical Center Foundation.
  • 2005: The Faith-Based Community Outreach Program, a unique non-denominational faith-based initiative, is introduced promoting health education, healthcare screenings, and health research in the culturally-diverse communities of Hudson and Bergen counties.
  • 2001-2005: Advanced technology enhancements include the PAC system for filmless x-rays, the Emergency Department's Vital Works System, and a 64-slice CT Scanner for diagnostic imaging.
  • 2001-2003: Rapidly expanding service offerings include the opening of the Palisades Medical Center Breast Care Center, the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Center, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Neonatal Critical Care Unit.


New Jersey's Department of Health and Senior Services' 2009 New Jersey Hospital Performance Report ranked Palisades as a top hospital in the state and Hudson County's top performer for surgical care and providing appropriate treatment for life-threatening ailments such as heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. The report also tabbed Palisades as one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive a "Perfect 100" score for treating patients with heart failure.

1990s — Expanding Programs and Services

  • 1999: The Palisades Medical Center Foundation is created to build a source of perpetual financial stability for Palisades Medical Center and the Harborage.
  • 1999: Palisades General Hospital becomes a member of the prestigious New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System — and officially changes its name to Palisades Medical Center.
  • 1995: The Delivering for the Future Capital Campaign generates funding to completely renovate the Birthing Center at Palisades.
  • 1991: The Harborage opens, offering a 239-bed rehabilitation center and nursing home to patients as they recover from surgery, serious injury, or debilitating diseases or stroke.

1980s — Establishing a Tradition of Excellence

  • 1985: New MRI technology offers much higher detail without moving the patient.
  • 1984: Palisades Child Care Center is created to guarantee parents peace of mind while their children receive the highest quality care in a warm, nurturing environment.
  • 1983: The CAT Scan Unit is introduced allowing 3-D images of organs inside the body.

September 10, 1978

A group of committed volunteers from the North Hudson-South Bergen community helped fulfill a longstanding dream. What had once been North Hudson Hospital was relocated to a new home on the North Bergen waterfront, the site of the new 202-bed facility that was named Palisades General Hospital. The founders did everything that needed to be done to ensure that the hospital's doors were open to serve our community. They worked around the clock to rally public support, purchase the land and design the layout of the hospital.