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230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid Training

Thursday, November 16, 2017 
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Presented by Bergen County Department of Health Services, Mental Health First Aid Training is a unique opportunity to participate in first aid training for mental health.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

• Evidence-based interactive course that spans either one 8-hour or two 4-hour sessions

• Teaches students the signs of mental illness and substance abuse

• Introduces a five-step action plan to initiate referral to mental health resources

Why is Mental Health First Aid Important?

• Just like CPR, it is a vital skill that improves the well-being of our community

• Helps to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse

• Promotes recovery and resiliency

Register Today
This course is valued at $170 but thanks to the ongoing support of the County, participants may attend at no charge!
Register with RoseMary Klie: or 201.225.7674

New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium
230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey 07652

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NAMI Meet the Professional

NAMI presents Meet the Professional

Maria Fischer, Esq. 

Maria Fischer of Hinkle, Fingles, Prior, & Fischer is dedicated to serving people with disabilities and their families. As the mother of a child with disabilities, Ms. Fischer, is personally committed to the field of disability law. Her legal work is focused on helping families of adults with disabilities to access and retain appropriate services. 

Ms. Fischer earned her law degree from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Bar Associations of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Thursday, November 9 • 7 pm to 9 pm

New Bridge Medical Center

230 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ

Enter at Main Entrance, and proceed RIGHT to the Auditorium at the end of the corridor

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9th Annual A Taste of Bergen

Thank You

To all of our A Taste of Bergen guests, sponsors and restaurants for a fun-filled, sold out evening supporting our Foundation. Check back for photos and videos of the night’s highlights!

Thank You To Our Participating Restaurants
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Ben and Jerry’s
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
Bonefish Grill
The Capital Grille
Claremount Distilled Spirits
Davey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
The Dog and Cask
From Scratch
Hearth & Tap
Gayeon Restaurant
Jack’s Lobster Shack
Jersey Spirits Distilling Co.
The Martini Grill
The Melting Pot
Morrison Catering
Oceanos Oyster Bar & Sea Grill
Taverna Mykonos
Pier 115
The Park Steak House
Park West Tavern
Rosa Mexicano
Season’s Sushi Table
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub

Thank You to our Sponsors:
Care Plus Foundation, Inc.
Nancy L. Mueller, M.D.
ToneyKorf Partners, LLC
Steven R. Korf
Investors Bank
Que Entertainment
Deborah D. Visconi, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Bridge Medical Center

Proceeds benefit The Foundation’s support of the hospital’s patients and long term care residents as well as Stigma-Free mental health and substance abuse initiatives, education, and outreach.

Bedside Harpist Visits Long Term Care

The Foundation sponsors Bedside Harpist to provide music for the Medical Center’s long term care residents on a monthly basis.

Bedside Harpist was established in 2002 by Edie Elkan as Bedside Harp, and is now a featured service for Pennsylvania and New Jersey hospital and healthcare facilities. The harpists are very experienced and play for the Medical Center’s residents at their bedside or in the long term care dayrooms. The beautiful music has already proven to be serene and relaxing for our residents.  The wonderful harp music radiating throughout each unit seems to provide a healing power and soothing experience for residents and staff alike. 

The harpists have shared some of the insights to the positive effects of the music. One harpist noted a resident sitting in a wheelchair looking on with apparent curiosity. The harpist went near to play and he nodded when asked if he would enjoy some music. When the harpist played, he broke out into a big smile and enjoyed some familiar tunes. When the session ended, with a big smile and a soft whisper, he thanked the harpist.

Another resident was in bed and smiled when approached by the harpist. The harpist played several recognizable tunes for her, which brought a warm smile and thank you from her when the session ended.  As the harpist left her room, the resident began to sing some of the songs she had just heard.

The power music and its positive impact on the long term care residents is difficult to measure, but the experiences shared by the harpists from Bedside Harpist have been positive and rewarding. Thank you to The Foundation for sponsoring this uplifting new service.

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OSHA Withdraws Workplace Violence Citation

OSHA Withdraws Workplace Violence Citation against Bergen Regional Medical Center in Settlement Agreement

Friday, June 2, 2017. (Paramus, NJ) In a recent settlement resolving a 2015 OSHA enforcement action issued to Bergen Regional Medical Center, OSHA has withdrawn the only alleged citation regarding The Medical Center’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program (WVPP).  As the complete picture of The Medical Center’s WVPP became clear through the citation contest process, it was determined OSHA’s original allegation was misplaced, and OSHA vacated the citation.  The agreement with OSHA memorialized the specific elements of The Medical Center’s WVPP that the government became aware and ‘does not dispute’ were already in place and effective, and which The Medical Center committed to maintain.

The agreement does not require The Medical Center to develop or implement new elements to its WVPP, but rather, continue to take the steps already a part of its existing, compliant WVPP.  There is no penalty associated with the alleged violation related to workplace violence, as that violation was completely vacated by OSHA.  The $14,000 penalty included in the settlement agreement relates to a separate technical paperwork violation regarding the manner in which two injuries were recorded on the Hospital’s OSHA 300 Log.

The Medical Center has demonstrated through multiple audits and inspections by federal and state regulators that its WVPP is robust, effective, and compliant.  OSHA’s decision to withdraw this citation further validates The Medical Center’s effective WVPP.

BRMC Celebrates Earth Day

Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Ilona Robinson, Bill Wright and Kris Mullins celebrates Earth Day with a special remembrance of BRMC Volunteer Michael Augustowicz who, working with the long term care therapeutic recreation department, created the first Earth Day celebration at Bergen in 2004. 

BRMC Stigma-Free Flag Raising

Bergen Regional Medical Center First Hospital in Bergen County to be Declared Stigma-Free

Bergen Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Bergen County to be declared Stigma-Free.

Pictured at the flag raising celebration are: Special Assistant to the Bergen County Director June Montag; Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco; Bergen Regional Vice President Donnalee Corrieri; Bergen Regional President, COO and Administrator Susan Mendelowitz; Bergen Regional Foundation Chairman and Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove; Bergen Regional Community Relations Director RoseMary Klie; Community Outreach Liaison for Congressman Josh Gottheimer Patches Magarro.

Foundation at BRMC's 25th Anniversary Leadership Awards

The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center’s 25th Anniversary Dinner

The Administration and Board of Directors at BRMC LP recently celebrated the Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center’s 25th Anniversary at a Dinner and Awards event. Foundation Chairman and Fairlawn Mayor John Cosgrove received the Medical Center’s Leadership Award, Don Landzettel received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Eastwick received the Philanthropy Award.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Medical Center dedicated to enhancing the lives of the patients, long term care residents and community served by the Bergen Regional Medical Center.