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.
New Bridge Medical Center’s
Edward G. Hall, MD
Avas Shariff, MD
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, 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.
“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.”
Jersey Matters host Larry Mendte with Michael Paolello, Chief Clinical Officer, Addiction Treatment Services at New Bridge Medical Center and Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of New Bridge Medical Center to discuss treatments for opioid patients.
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.
(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.
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New Bridge Medical Center, managed and operated by Care Plus Bergen, Inc.