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New Bridge Medical Center Welcomes Rutgers Medical School Physicians

New Bridge Medical Center (NBMC) is proud to welcome several new physicians from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to our Ambulatory Care Center.

Madouna Hanna, DO, is a physician specializing in physiatry. Dr. Hanna earned her Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University in Newark. She received her medical degree from the ROWAN School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at North Well Health System. She then completed her fellowship in Interventional Musculoskeletal Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her clinical interests include all aspect of general musculoskeletal pain complaints, ultrasound guided musculoskeletal procedures, electrodiagnostic studies, and lower back epidural injections. She is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Zachary Criswell, DPM, is a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon. He received his undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and went on to receive his DPM degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He then went on to complete his residency in podiatric surgery at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. Next, he completed a one-year surgical fellowship through the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Santa Cruz, California, with emphasis on lower extremity sports medicine and arthroscopy. He is board qualified through the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Chitra Kodery, DO, is a primary care physician, with a specialty in sports medicine.  Dr. Kodery earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.  She then completed a residency in family medicine as well as a fellowship in sports medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.   She is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine.

“A priority for New Bridge Medical Center is to provide healthcare for our communities by expanding the scope of services we offer and access to the Medical Center,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of New Bridge Medical Center.  “We are very excited that working with our partner, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, several new physicians have joined our outstanding medical staff in our Ambulatory Care Center. Over the next few weeks and months, we will see even more physicians join our team”. 

Lunch & Learn Women's Preventative Health at New Bridge Medical Center

Lunch & Learn: Women’s Preventative Health

Pap, BSE, HPV, BRCA, Mammo

The alphabet soup is too confusing.What do I really need to do to make sure I’m ok? If you want answers to these questions & more, please join us.

Presented by 
Naglaa Rizk, MD
Gynecology
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Provider at New Bridge Medical Center

Monday, October 22, 2018
New Bridge Medical Center
Auditorium
Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch and registration starts at 11:30 a.m.

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 18, 2018

https://womenspreventivehealth.eventbrite.com

 

Teens Speak Out

September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

A new advocacy group for teens to speak their mind, express their concerns, and talk to key stakeholders.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and law enforcement representatives, government officials, physicians, clinicians, and teens on suicide awareness and prevention.

Topics Include:

  • Awareness
  • Education 
  • Perception
  • Prevention
  • Resources
  • Social Media

Keynote Speakers:

New Bridge Medical Center’s

Edward G. Hall, MD
Child Psychiatrist

Avas Shariff, MD
Resident Psychiatrist

NBMC physicians will speak on the impact social media has on adolescent suicide, provide valuable information on identifying warning signs and behaviors associated with suicide risk, and information on how caregivers can find the appropriate help for their teens.

Deborah Visconi to be honored at Project Literacy Gala

Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of New Bridge Medical Center will be the honoree of Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County’s “A New  Bridge to Literacy”, the annual gala on Friday, October 12. 2018 at the Stony Hill Inn.

Sponsorships and ads are available at read@project-literacy.org or by calling 201.301.9676

Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid

New Bridge Medical Center and Bergen County Department of Health Services are proud to present this Youth Mental Health First Aid national training program free of charge.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium
A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

  • Evidence-based interactive course
  • Teaches the signs of mental illness and substance abuse 
  • Introduces a five-step action plan to respond to a mental health crisis
  • Teaches how to initiate a referral to mental health resources

Why is Mental Health First Aid important?

  • Just like CPR, it is a vital skill that improves the well-being of our community
  • Helps to eliminate the stigma that is associated with mental illness and substance abuse
  • Promotes recovery and resiliency

“Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that can help individuals across the community to understand mental illnesses, support timely intervention, and save lives.”

Pre-Registration required by Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

Register on Eventbrite

CNA Open House

CNA Open House

Certified Nursing Assistants, Immediate Openings For Full and Part Time Positions

September 17, 2018, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New Bridge Medical Center, Building 6, Auditorium
230 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

CNA Requirements:

  • Successful completion of an approved Certified Nurse’s Aide training course.
  • One year experience preferred, but not necessary.
  • CPR Certification from the American Heart Association.
  • High school diploma or equivalent. 

To register contact:

Human Resources, 201.967.4151

  or

apply@newbridgehealth.org

View and apply to available positions at New Bridge Medical Center

New Bridge Medical Center CEO Deborah Visconi

New Bridge Medical Center CEO Deborah Visconi Featured Speaker at the Interfaith Summit 

Interfaith Summit on the Impact of the Opioid Crisis and the Role of Spiritual Leaders

New Bridge Medical Center President and CEO, Deborah Visconi, was a featured speaker among a panel of distinguished leaders at the Interfaith Summit on the Impact of the Opioid Crisis and the Role of Spiritual Leaders.  This day-long summit, held on August 28 in New Brunswick, was co-sponsored by The New Brunswick Theological Seminary for Clergy Care and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).

“As a leader in the battle against the opioid epidemic, New Bridge Medical Center is at the forefront of offering innovative programs to those suffering from this disease and leveraging the power of partnerships through our work with the Attorney General, the Bergen County Prosecutors’ Office, Integrity House, and all our community partners,” said NBMC President and CEO Deborah Visconi. “I am honored to have been selected to speak at this important summit and provide insight on the opioid crisis from a hospital administration prospective.”

NBMC is a participating provider with Aetna's network

Aetna

New Bridge Medical Center is now a participating provider in Aetna’s network

PARAMUS, NJ, August 15, 2018 – New Bridge Medical Center has entered into a new agreement with Aetna.  Effective immediately, New Bridge Medical Center and all New Bridge Medical Center employed physicians are now in-network with Aetna.

New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is part of New Bridge Health, a healthcare system uniting services across the continuum of care. Care Plus Bergen, Inc., the not-for-profit operator of New Bridge Medical Center since October 1, 2017, is an innovative alliance between three world-class partners – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Integrity House, and Care Plus NJ Inc. – manages the day-to-day operations of New Bridge Medical Center, strengthening the hospital’s core services of acute care, behavioral health, addiction treatment, and long-term care.

“One of the goals for New Bridge Medical Center is to ensure greater access to health care for all Bergen County residents, as New Bridge Medical Center continues to play a critical role in healthcare delivery for patients and families in Bergen County and across New Jersey,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of New Bridge Medical Center.  “In addition to its role as a safety net facility, adding the ability for County residents who have health coverage through managed care plans to use the services of the County’s hospital is a vital component in our mission to become a destination facility providing quality and cost-effective inclusive care to all communities,” said Visconi.

“We are pleased to welcome New Bridge Medical Center to our network in New Jersey,” said Michael Costa, executive director of Aetna’s New Jersey and New York operations. “This agreement strengthens our commitment to the community by continuing to broaden and improve access to high-quality providers.”

By adding New Bridge Medical Center to its New Jersey network, Aetna has expanded its health care delivery system providing enhanced provider choice in Bergen County.

“On October 1, 2017, Care Plus Bergen, Inc., became the new tenant-operator of the County hospital, now known as New Bridge Medical Center. Since day one, we have worked together to explore new ways to improve and expand hospital services. This new partnership between the Medical Center and the Aetna managed care network is yet another step toward fulfilling my commitment to improve access to the services New Bridge offers,” said James J. Tedesco, III, Bergen County Executive.  “I am proud of the work being done to provide quality healthcare for all County residents, including our veterans.”

By joining the Aetna network, consumers will have better access to the full range of health care services offered at New Bridge Medical Center.  “With New Bridge Medical Center and its employed physician practice joining the Aetna network, it allows our medical staff and patient community to collaborate to reduce the cost of care, improve access, and ensure patients who need care get it when they need it,” said Barbara Palmer, MD, President of the medical staff at New Bridge Medical Center. 

Bridging the Pond Stigma-Free

Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond

UK First Responder Inspired by Bergen County Initiative

Media Invited To Attend 

A two part program designed to share best practices while providing tips on building resiliency and a culture of mental health for first responders.

Friday, August 31, 2018
8:00 a.m. • First Responder Breakfast
11:00 a.m. • Stigma-Free Roundtable & Luncheon

NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER
Auditorium
230 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

To RSVP
Donnalee Corrieri at DCorrieri@NewBridgeHealth.org

(PARAMUS, NJ – July 19, 2018) – First responders and stigma-free members are invited to attend “Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond”, a two part program is being at New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus on Friday, August 31. In an effort to officially bring the Stigma-Free initiative to the United Kingdom, the day’s events will start with a First Responder Breakfast from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., and conclude with a Stigma-Free Roundtable and Luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

This event was inspired by international visitor, Dan Farnworth. Farnworth is a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship Winner, a member of England’s Emergency Medical Service and a leader in “Our Blue Light”,a charity organization in England and Wales that aims to improve the mental health, well-being and working life of Emergency & Essential Services including: Police, Fire, Ambulance, Search & Rescue, Prison Service and the National Health Services. After discovering the abundance of resources available through the Stigma-Free Initiative–he decided to take action to strengthen the fight against stigma across the pond by studying the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone as a “best practice” in mental health.

“The theme of the day is ‘Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond,” explained Cynthia Chazen, Mental Health Editor and producer ofthe NJ Stigma-Free Newsletter. “It speaks to this amazing international opportunity, but also what we are doing in our communities – creating bridges that help to connect individuals to support that they need.”

In addition to exploring the UK advocacy efforts of “Our Blue Light” with Farnworth, the First Responder Breakfast will include remarks from James J. Tedesco III, County Executive of Bergen, and leader in the Stigma-Free Initiative.

The County Executive was not only integral in bringing this initiative to Paramus five years ago,” commented Mary Ann Uzzi, Paramus Stigma-Free founder and community mental health advocate. “He also committed to making all of Bergen County a stigma-free zone, and we have seen the effect of that promise. Without his support and passionate advocacy, the ripples of our efforts never would have made it across the pond!”  

The morning will also feature an overview of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, offered by Dr. Maria G Masciandaro, PsyD. Maria is a psychologist who specializes in the effects of trauma, and works with the Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Association Program to train therapists who help first responders across the country. EMDR utilizes protocols geared for individuals or groups these specialized clinicians help to build resilience and foster post traumatic growth.

The second part of the day features a luncheon with roundtable discussions, meant for stigma-free leaders to come together to share their ideas, successes and challenges that they have faced in bringing the Stigma-Free Initiative to fruition. The purpose of this portion of the day is to brainstorm and provide insight on the best way to implement the initiative in the United Kingdom.

“We are thrilled to have Dan travel from the UK to share best practices,” said Uzzi. “We thank Care Plus NJ, Inc., and New Bridge Medical Center, both resources have been instrumental in the Stigma-Free Initiate since inception and continue to support us through events like this and so much more.”

This forum is sponsored by the Paramus Stigma-Free Task Force, in collaboration with New Bridge Medical Center and Care Plus NJ, Inc., also in celebration of the five year anniversary of the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone.

Organizations and individuals who are interested attending the event can contact Donnalee Corrieri at DCorrieri@NewBridgeHealth.org for more information and to register.

For press information contact:

Donnalee Corrieri
201.225.7141
dcorrieri@newbridgehealth.org

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