Otis L. Story, Sr. FACHE

The 211-bed East Orange General Hospital is the only independent, fully accredited, acute-care hospital in Essex County and is a recognized leader in behavioral health services, renal dialysis, wound care, diagnostic services, emergency services, and family health care. In addition to providing comprehensive primary care and specialty services, the hospital continues to expand by adding new services, technology and community-based wellness programs in keeping with its more than 100-year tradition of excellence, compassion and exceeding patient expectations.

Founded in 1903 as the Newark Homeopathic Hospital, the hospital was relocated to East Orange in 1926 and soon opened an outpatient clinic to better serve the community. Ongoing expansion continued throughout the decades culminating with the purchase of the former Kessler East Building, known as the East Pavilion. The East Orange General campus stretches four blocks along Central Avenue and offers access to physician offices as well as a multitude of diagnostic, inpatient, outpatient and rehabilitation services.

A regional and statewide leader in behavioral health services since the early 1970s, East Orange General offers a full continuum of psychiatric care and substance abuse services, including special programs dealing with emotional challenges faced by children and adolescents. East Orange General has won national acclaim by being one of only a few hospitals in the country to open an on-site, 24-unit residential behavioral health facility. Hope Gardens provides living space and support services for homeless individuals dealing with mental health and addiction issues.

During the past few years, East Orange General Hospital’s role in the healthcare delivery marketplace has undergone dramatic change as a number of neighboring hospitals have closed or consolidated. East Orange General Hospital remains, and continues to redefine its mission, services and leadership in an effort to best serve an ever changing patient population and the community at large.