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NBMC Community Connection Town Forum


Community Connection Town Forum

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 • 7 p.m.

A chance for community partners to meet with NBMC leadership to learn more about the many changes, new programs, mission and vision of the Medical Center.

New Bridge Medical Center, Auditorium
230 East Ridgewood Ave. Paramus, NJ 07652

Refreshments will be served.
For more information or questions,

RSVP by November 20

Register Online

GoBeyond! Recovery Flyer

Go Beyond! Recovery

November 7, 2018 • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

New Bridge Medical Center is hosting the program Go Beyond! Recovery  the creation of New Jersey resident Charlie Mills. Charlie is an ICF accredited life coach, former Substance Abuse therapist, teacher, world-traveled musician, advocate, and active member of 12 Step Recovery for over 3 decades.

New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium
230 East Ridgewood Ave. Paramus, NJ 07652

Refreshments will be served.
For more information or questions, email

Register online 

RSVP by November 6.

Learn more about Go Beyond! Recovery.

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 CEO Deborah Visconi Honored by Project Literacy

(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.”

Opioid Crisis

Healthcare Leaders Address the Opioid Crisis

Presented by The American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey (ACHENJ)

Thursday, Nov 29th, 5:30-8:15 pm
New Bridge Medical Center
230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

Dinner will be served.


5:30pm – 6:30pm: Dinner and networking

6:30pm – 8pm: Panel discussion

8pm – 8:15pm: Question and answer

Register Online


Dr. Mary Ditri (moderator)
Director, Professional Practice
New Jersey Hospital Association

Michael Litterer
Director, Prevention and Recovery
RWJBarnabas Health

Dr. Adelaide Viguri
Medical Director, Emergency Medicine Pain Management
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Hospital

Deborah D. Visconi
President and Chief Executive Officer
New Bridge Medical Center

Dr. Matthew J. Warner
Chair, Emergency Department
Inspira Health Network

9th Annual Behavioral Health Symposium: 2018 Clinical Update

9th Annual Behavioral Health Symposium

A Free One-Day Nursing Education Course

2018 Clinical Update

Thursday, November 15
2018 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium

Includes breakfast and lunch.

Nurses and clinical staff will learn how to incorporate current knowledge in psychiatric nursing to improve patient centered care based on evidence-based practice. Attendance in this symposium will result in 7 contact hours.

 Register Online for this Free Symposium for Nurses

New Bridge Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval Number: P232-2/18-21. This program is not receiving commercial support. Presenters have declared there is no conflict.

Eastwick Grove

Tom Eastwick Honored by New Bridge Medical Center and Its Foundation

Deborah Visconi, President and CEO, New Bridge Medical Center; Tom Eastwick, President and Founder of Eastwick College and NBMC Foundation Trustee; John Cosgrove, Chairman, NBMC Foundation plant the first tree of the new Eastwick Grove.

Tom Eastwick, President and Founder of Eastwick College and New Bridge Medical Center Foundation Trustee was honored for his years of support and philanthropy to the Medical Center, its Foundation and the community at a tree planting ceremony commemorating ‘Eastwick Grove at New Bridge Medical Center.’

“Tom has been a dedicated Trustee to the Foundation for years and has supported our mission generously and consistently,” said John Cosgrove, NMBC Foundation Chairman. “We are thankful to him for all he has done and continues to do”.

Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of New Bridge Medical Center commented, “We are very appreciative to Tom Eastwick who has been a friend to this hospital for many years. We thought it fitting to honor him during our one year anniversary events with the first tree in ‘Eastwick Grove’, a White Birch which symbolizes new beginnings and hope.”

“It is my privilege to serve as a Foundation Trustee and support this great Medical Center,” said Tom Eastwick. Thank you to John and the Foundation and Debbie and the Medical Center for this honor.”

New Bridge Medical Center Proud To Be Stigma-Free

New Bridge Medical Center Proclaimed Stigma-Free at Rededication Ceremony

(Paramus, NJ) – New Bridge Medical Center (NBMC) was honored with a proclamation from Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III, at The Medical Center’s Stigma-Free Rededication Ceremony.  The Medical Center was the first hospital in New Jersey to be declared Stigma- Free in support of the County-wide Stigma-Free initiative started in Paramus, New Jersey by Mary Ann Uzzi, who is now a board member for the Medical Center’s managing body, Care Plus, Bergen, Inc. Today’s ceremony acknowledges the ongoing commitment to the initiative under the current management and new facility name.

New Bridge Medical Center Stigma Free

“New Bridge Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate, and inclusive care in a stigma free environment.  Today we rededicate ourselves to this mission and support of the Stigma-Free initiative,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of New Bridge Medical Center,   “As healthcare leaders, we know the most important step toward managing any illness is seeking treatment.  We recognize a major barrier in accessing the care that truly makes a difference is often the fear of judgement, or feelings of shame, embarrassment, or guilt. Mental illness to us is no different than any other illness and we are dedicated to creating a safe environment where consumers can comfortably receive the quality care they need,” added Visconi.

“I have been a strong advocate for the Stigma-Free initiative because there is no shame in having mental illness or seeking mental health treatment,” said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. “I applaud the ongoing commitment by the team at New Bridge Medical to the Stigma-Free Initiative. New Jersey’s largest hospital has cultivated a compassionate community where both patients and staff know that they can seek help without judgment.” 

“All of us at New Bridge Medical Center are honored to work with the Stigma-Free initiative, proud that our County Executive has been steadfast in his support of the endeavor from its onset and thankful to Mary Ann Uzzi and all those who work tirelessly as mental health advocates around our County,” said Visconi. “Today we will fly our flag but every day our doors and hearts are open to care for those who need us the most.”


Meet New Members of Our Medical Staff

New Bridge Medical Center Welcomes Rutgers Medical School Physicians

New Bridge Medical Center (NBMC) is proud to welcome several new physicians from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to our Ambulatory Care Center.

Madouna Hanna, DO, is a physician specializing in physiatry. Dr. Hanna earned her Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University in Newark. She received her medical degree from the ROWAN School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at North Well Health System. She then completed her fellowship in Interventional Musculoskeletal Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her clinical interests include all aspect of general musculoskeletal pain complaints, ultrasound guided musculoskeletal procedures, electrodiagnostic studies, and lower back epidural injections. She is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Zachary Criswell, DPM, is a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon. He received his undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and went on to receive his DPM degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He then went on to complete his residency in podiatric surgery at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. Next, he completed a one-year surgical fellowship through the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Santa Cruz, California, with emphasis on lower extremity sports medicine and arthroscopy. He is board qualified through the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Chitra Kodery, DO, is a primary care physician, with a specialty in sports medicine.  Dr. Kodery earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.  She then completed a residency in family medicine as well as a fellowship in sports medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.   She is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine.

“A priority for New Bridge Medical Center is to provide healthcare for our communities by expanding the scope of services we offer and access to the Medical Center,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of New Bridge Medical Center.  “We are very excited that working with our partner, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, several new physicians have joined our outstanding medical staff in our Ambulatory Care Center. Over the next few weeks and months, we will see even more physicians join our team”. 

Lunch & Learn Women's Preventative Health at New Bridge Medical Center

Lunch & Learn: Women’s Preventative Health

Pap, BSE, HPV, BRCA, Mammo

The alphabet soup is too confusing.What do I really need to do to make sure I’m ok? If you want answers to these questions & more, please join us.

Presented by 
Naglaa Rizk, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Provider at New Bridge Medical Center

Monday, October 22, 2018
New Bridge Medical Center
Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch and registration starts at 11:30 a.m.

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 18, 2018


Teens Speak Out

September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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.

Topics Include:

  • Awareness
  • Education 
  • Perception
  • Prevention
  • Resources
  • Social Media

Keynote Speakers:

New Bridge Medical Center’s

Edward G. Hall, MD
Child Psychiatrist

Avas Shariff, MD
Resident Psychiatrist

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.