(left to right) Thomas Sullivan, Chairman, Board of Bergen County Chosen Freeholders; Deborah Visconi, President and CEO, New Bridge Medical Center; James J. Tedesco, lll, Bergen County Executive
New Bridge Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah Visconi was honored at the 15thannual fundraising gala hosted by Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County, Friday, October 12 at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.
“The relationship between literacy and health is complex,” said Christopher C. Stout, Executive Director for Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County. “Literacy impacts health knowledge, health status and access to health services. Health Literacy in the U.S. reflects what health systems and professionals do to make health information and services understandable and actionable, added Stout. “Deborah Visconi, as the leader of the largest hospital in New Jersey and a health care professional who understands the essential link between literacy and positive health outcomes, was a natural choice as one of our gala’s honorees. We look forward to working with her and New Bridge to continue raising awareness and helping our community.”
“To be recognized by Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County is truly a crowning moment for me,” said Visconi. “I am thankful for the opportunity to work with an organization whose mission is to provide, support and promote the expansion of adult literacy in Bergen County. We know there is a critical need to address literacy in our County and our Country and we also know that low literacy rates impact healthcare costs by $106 billion and upwards to $236 billion each year,” she added. “It is imperative that healthcare leaders do all they can to support literacy efforts so that those who seek our care can truly best benefit from it. If a consumer cannot read a consent form, or a medicine bottle, or follow a written after care plan, they have less of a chance of a positive health outcome.”
“Deborah Visconi leads New Jersey’s largest hospital with compassion, as it serves the most vulnerable people in our community. She sees firsthand the power of literacy and understands that reading is essential to positive outcomes in all aspects of life, including health and wellness,” said James J. Tedesco, lll, Bergen County Executive. “I am proud to join Project Literacy in recognizing Deborah Visconi for her leadership and commitment to empowering patients, caregivers, and staff through programming that supports literacy and education.”