It’s doubtful that when the cornerstone of Bayonne’s first hospital was being laid in August of 1889 that any of the city’s estimated 19,033 residents could have foreseen the advancements in medicine and medical care that would come to the city 130 years later.
Today, Bayonne is home to not only an award-winning hospital but emergency medical centers and smaller specialized practices, including physical therapists and nontraditional wellness centers, acupuncturists, and cryotherapy centers.
A Hospital for all Reasons
In March of 1890, The Bayonne Hospital and Dispensary opened on East 30th Street after the Bayonne Hospital Association incorporated it in 1888.
The two youngest daughters of First Ward Councilman Rufus Story, Alice Story Rowland and Abbey Story Marshall, donated the property, after his death on October 6, 1887.
The daughters purchased three lots adjoining the city-owned property to erect the building that would become the Rufus Story Memorial Hospital. It had accommodations for only 40 patients; there were no age, gender, race, or religious restrictions.
After 130 years, the site is still a hospital and can now accommodate more than 250 patients.
Bayonne Medical Center is an award winning hospital, owned by Carepoint Health.
It’s a primary stroke center that provides comprehensive heart care, an emergency room backed by a full service hospital as well as specialty medicine, child and adult behavioral health, wound care, transitional care, radiation oncology, dialysis, surgical specialties, and more.
RWJBarnabas Health at Bayonne provides emergency services.
Staffed with board-certified emergency room physicians, specially trained nurses, technicians and health care professionals, it provides emergency care for patients needing immediate and specialized medical attention for most illnesses or conditions.
A Pain in the Neck
A variety of wellness operations offer relief from the aches and pains of everyday life.
Those in need of physical therapy can check out the advanced treatments and techniques at Ignite Physical Therapy. Its treatments include manual therapy, joint mobilization, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, dry needling, ASTYM, kinesiotaping, functional strengthening, and much more.
Back and neck pain are a scourge of modern life. Enter New Jersey Spine and Pain Institute, founded by Dr. Joseph Ibrahim.
He specializes in minimally invasive techniques to treat spine, disc, and musculoskeletal disorders. The institute provides treatment for neck pain, sciatica, myofascial pain syndrome, failed back syndrome and many other conditions.
Augustin Orthopedics, owned by board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Augustin, provides treatments for musculoskeletal issues including physical therapy and a wide range of procedures for everything from a torn ACL to joint replacements.
What’s the Alternative?
Bayonne has also become a hospitable home for all types of alternative therapies for those who wish to try new treatments.
The Wellness Institute run by Dr. Michael Acanfora and Dr. Noah De Koyer focuses on holistic and alternative medicine to help restore the body to its highest levels of wellbeing. They do this by providing a variety of treatments for the whole person including physical therapy, acupuncture, and yoga.
Archtic Cryotherapy Bayonne is another resource, which offers a cryo sauna which exposes the body to sub-zero temperatures.
The practitioners claim that cryotherapy creates a reaction in the body that can freeze fat, burn calories, tighten skin, heal pain, speed recovery, and boost energy.