Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Increases Access to Quality Care with New Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Partnership
Allen J. Karp, Horizon BCBSNJ; Bergen County Freeholder Pro Tempore Joan Voss; Bergen County Freeholder Chairwoman Germaine Oritiz; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Bergen New Bridge Medical Center President and CEO Deborah Visconi; Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, lll; Maurizio Miglietta, DO, Chief of Surgery at Bergen New Bridge and Naglaa Rizk, MD, Medical Director of Ambulatory Services at Bergen New Bridge.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the largest hospital in New Jersey, today announced a new agreement with Horizon BCBSNJ, the state’s largest health insurer, during a press conference held at its 230 East Ridgewood Avenue facility.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy attended this event to show his appreciation for the historic agreement, which now provides the 230,000 residents in Bergen County who are insured through Horizon BCBSNJ with total access to a continuum of quality care on one campus, close to home. “I am proud to see New Jersey continue as a leader in the health care field through a new partnership between Horizon Blue Cross Shield of New Jersey and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center,” said Governor Murphy. “We look forward to seeing the advancements this partnership will bring for patients in Bergen County.”
During the conference, Bergen New Bridge President and CEO Deborah Visconi said the new partnership will enhance the health and wellbeing of the community by increasing access to efficient, effective, quality care.
“The Horizon network enables more of our neighbors to benefit from Bergen New Bridge’s expanded acute and ambulatory care services and the dedicated and skilled medical staff who provide that care, including physicians from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School,” said Visconi.
“Bergen New Bridge is committed to being the healthcare facility our community deserves and we are rapidly changing to meet its needs,” Visconi said. “As we stand here today, Bergen New Bridge is a full-service hospital that provides 24/7 emergency, medical and long-term care; women’s health, cardiac, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitation services; as well as mental and behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, and so much more.”
James J. Tedesco, III, Bergen County Executive and Bergen County Freeholder Chairwoman Germaine Oritiz said the County continues to invest in Bergen New Bridge and advocate on behalf of its residents with the express goal to better serve the surrounding community. Reaching a new agreement with Horizon BCBSNJ is the latest example of these efforts.
“This historic agreement will provide residents in Bergen County who are Horizon members with total access to a continuum of quality care on one campus, close to home, right here. And that includes County employees who can now utilize the hospital and its full complement of services. When you combine this service with the health care that we already accept at our hospital, you reach an even larger population in Bergen County, and this means greater access to all the services that Bergen New Bridge offers” said Tedesco.
In addition to Governor Murphy, County Executive Tedesco and Bergen New Bridge CEO Deborah Visconi, Allen Karp from BCBSNJ expressed excitement to be working collaboratively with the Medical Center to expand access to essential services. Additional comments of support and the significance of the new relationship were given by Maurizio Miglietta, DO, Naglaa Rizk, MD, and Bergen County Freeholder Chairwoman Germaine Ortiz.
The outdoor event drew hundreds of attendees comprised of the hospital’s leadership, physicians, nurses, staff, public officials, and other invited guests.