President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
Deborah Visconi is a highly accomplished executive with more than 30 years of success in providing strategic direction, vision, leadership, and oversight of operations in hospitals and healthcare systems across the metropolitan region.
A visionary thinker with a strong passion for the patient experience, Deb leads with a focus on compassion, consistency, and quality. Her entrepreneurial style allows her to navigate highly complex environments challenged by limited resources, intensively competitive and diverse markets, and heavy regulation, which has established her as an industry thought leader.
Due to her remarkable career, she was identified and selected to be the champion leader tasked to transition New Jersey’s largest hospital from its former for-profit management model to a new, non-profit community asset now known as Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Since her arrival in 2017, Deb has transformed a community, safety net hospital into a destination hospital. By diversifying payor mix and establishing first-time contracts with managed care companies she achieved equitable access to comprehensive healthcare for thousands in Bergen County regardless of insurance.
As a Latinx hospital leader, Deb understands the unique issues and needs of underserved and minority communities, which she has prioritized in the hospital’s community health needs assessment process and its ongoing outreach efforts. This led to the Hospital’s development of the first LGBTQ Wellness Center in Northern New Jersey and recognition as a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). In 2018, Bergen New Bridge became a Veterans Community Care Provider to increase access to care to the 40,000 Bergen County veterans.
With Deb’s organizational and strategic planning expertise, Bergen New Bridge has expanded programs, services, and enhanced provider relations yielding improvement in quality, safety, and the patient/resident experience. In 2021, the Medical Center was recognized as a ‘Top Hospital’ and earning the highest ‘Grade A’ safety rating from the Leapfrog Group. The Joint Commission recognized the Medical Center for disease-specific certification in depression care. Deb also pioneered technology initiatives which led Bergen New Bridge to be the first hospital in the state to connect to the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN).
Since the onset of the pandemic, Deb has led COVID-19 initiatives including testing, vaccination, and therapeutics. Consistent with her commitment to healthcare outreach and education, Deb collaborates with the County to launch programs that deliver care onsite, directly and via telehealth to thousands in the community.
Deb has been frequently acknowledged for her accomplishments and leadership, winning several awards and receiving numerous recognitions including: 2021 ACHENJ — Distinguished Service Award; Felician University — Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters; 2021 Modern Healthcare — Top 25 Women Leaders; 2019 Crain’s — Notable Women in Health Care; 2019 NJBIZ — Best 50 Women in Business; 2019, 2020 and 2021 ROI NJ — Health Care Influencer; 2018 Health Leaders — Prime Movers (Leadership Strategy); 2018 Becker's Hospital Review — 143 women hospital and health system leaders to know; 2018 NJBIZ — Healthcare Professional of the Year; 2018 Project Literacy of Bergen County — Honoree and 2017 YWCA — TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry). Deb is an active volunteer and serves on the boards of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), the NJHA Health PAC, American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board, the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), Eastwick College and Care Plus Bergen. She is President of the Northvale Board of Health.