New Bridge Medical Center in partnership with The County of Bergen
Invite you to join us at the
Stigma-Free Rededication Flag Raising Ceremony
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
New Bridge Medical Center • Main Entrance Flagpole
230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
Let’s Celebrate! Join us, immediately following the ceremony in the NBMC Auditorium to enjoy cake and refreshments in honor of the rededication of New Bridge Medical Center as a Stigma-Free hospital, and the 5th Anniversary of the Paramus Stigma-Free initiative.
Chris Holland was an up-and-coming chef in New Jersey when a sudden illness and then an opioid addiction derailed his dreams. He is now clean and giving back … So he checked into the treatment program at the New Bridge Medical Center to begin the toughest challenge of his life.
(Paramus, NJ) – New Bridge Medical Center has entered into a new partnership with Clover Health, a Medicare Advantage PPO plan. As of December of 2017, New Bridge Medical Center and all New Bridge Medical Center physicians are in-network with Clover.
New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is part of New Bridge Health, a health care 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 behavioral health, addiction treatment, long-term care, and acute care.
“One of the goals for New Bridge Medical Center was to ensure greater access to healthcare for all Bergen County residents, as New Bridge Medical Center continues to play a critical role in health care 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 care to all the communities we serve,” said Visconi. “This is the first step toward achieving that goal.”
A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to New Bridge Medical Center Foundation to support their mission to help enhance the lives of the patients, long term care residents, and communities served by New Bridge Medical Center.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
at Pinot’s Palette
25 Oak Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
$40.00 per painter
Snacks and water will be served. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments.
New Bridge Medical Center President and CEO Deborah Visconi spoke about her leadership journey and shared with a sold out crowd at the Bergen Volunteer Center’s recent Fifth Friday the mission, vision and future for New Jersey’s largest hospital, New Bridge Medical Center.
Operation Helping Hand is an initiative targeting the heroin and opioid crisis in Bergen County. The initiative, which recently ran for the fourth time, brought together Bergen County resources to help those suffering from addiction in Bergen County.
Individuals were offered an opportunity to speak to a Recovery Specialist and seek assistance. If an individual requested help, a trained clinician determined the appropriate level of care and treatment needed. Then, the clinician, working closely with the Recovery Specialists and representatives from New Bridge Medical Center, made arrangements for appropriate treatment.
Nineteen individuals opted for treatment with the majority in 5-day detox programs, mostly at New Bridge Medical Center. After detox, long term treatment options are arranged and their progress is tracked.
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office PRESS RELEASE
To: ALL NEWS MEDIA
From: ACTING PROSECUTOR DENNIS CALO
Date: MARCH 19, 2018
“OPERATION HELPING HAND 4”
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced today the results of “Operation Helping Hand 4” – the fourth phase of an innovative law enforcement and public health initiative targeting the heroin and opioid crisis in Bergen County. The initiative was led by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”), under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Calo and Chief of Detectives Robert Anzilotti, in coordination with Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino. Held from March 12 through 16, 2018, the initiative brought together Bergen County law enforcement from 30 agencies, Recovery Specialists from Children’s Aid and Family Services, clinicians and specialists from the Bergen County Department of Health Services, Division of Addiction Services, and professionals from New Bridge Medical Center to offer help to those suffering from the disease of addiction in Bergen County.
During the initiative, 37 individuals were arrested and brought to the BCPO to be processed. After they were issued summonses, largely for heroin possession, they were offered an opportunity to speak to a Recovery Specialist – a recovering addict, who has been clean and is trained to help them find treatment. This offer of help was in addition to, not in lieu of, criminal charges.
If the individual requested help, a trained clinician from the Bergen County Division of Addiction Services assessed him/her to determine the appropriate level of care and treatment needed. The clinicians, working closely with the Recovery Specialists and representatives from New Bridge Medical Center, then made arrangements for treatment, and law enforcement transported the individual to treatment.
Of the 37 individuals arrested during Operation Helping Hand 4, 19 have so far availed themselves of the treatment option, including 12 who are currently in 5-day detox programs, mostly at New Bridge Medical Center. As those individuals complete detox, longer-term treatment options are being arranged for them and their progress is being tracked by the Recovery Specialists. For those who did not avail themselves of treatment, the Recovery Specialists remain in touch with many of them and are prepared to offer help whenever they are ready to seek it.
A multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of law enforcement officers from the following agencies, under the direction of BCPO Chief Anzilotti, participated in the initiative: Bergen County Sheriff’s Office; Bergenfield Police Department; Cliffside Park Police Department; Clifton Police Department; Dumont Police Department; East Rutherford Police Department; Englewood Police Department; Elmwood Park Police Department; Fair Lawn Police Department; Garfield Police Department; Glen Rock Police Department; Hackensack Police Department; Lyndhurst Police Department; Mahwah Police Department; Morris County Prosecutor’s Office; New Milford Police Department; Norwood Police Department; Paramus Police Department; Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office; Paterson Police Department; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Ridgefield Park Police Department; Saddle River Police Department; Tenafly Police Department; Union County Prosecutor’s Office; Upper Saddle River Police Department and the Westwood Police Department.
Statistics compiled by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office indicate an increase in opioid use and drug overdoses in Bergen County from 2016 to the present. A preliminary analysis of overdose data by the BCPO Intel Unit and Narcotics Task Force revealed the following with respect to 2017:
507 total reported overdoses, 416 of which are currently identified as heroin/opioid-related.
Of the 308 reported overdoses, 131 were fatal overdoses; 111 of those were identified as heroin/opioid-related.
325 deployments of Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, by law enforcement officers, resulting in 245 lives saved. (Note: there were many other deployments – by parents, friends, family members, EMTs and in the ER that are not accounted for in this analysis.)
Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo stated that “Operation Helping Hand 4 is part of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Bergen County law enforcement’s continuing effort to combat the opioid epidemic and help those who are affected by it. The Operation demonstrates the close cooperation of law enforcement, County government and Bergen County social service organizations in the fight against this epidemic and the results that are possible through that cooperation. We will continue the fight.”
New Bridge Medical Center will be a Leadership Sponsor in the second annual Bergen County Care Fair.
The mission of the fair is to showcase providers of health care, wellness,and support services where residents can make connections and access vital information leading to lower costs and improved care for themselves and those they love.
New Bridge Medical Center supports the Bergen County Crisis Intervention Team, providing information and training on mental health crises to law enforcement, mental health and emergency response professionals.
NBMC’s Lisa Centeno, Tom Harris, Mike Paolello and Kristine Pendy are proud to be CIT presenters.
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