The Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation recently pledged $1 million to support expansion, services, and programs at the Medical Center. As the largest hospital and licensed nursing home in New Jersey and the fourth-largest publicly owned hospital in the United States, the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is a safety net facility that provides high-quality comprehensive services, including acute and ambulatory care, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, long-term care, 24/7 emergency department, surgical suites, physical rehabilitation, pharmacy, laboratory, radiologic services (including digital mammography), and COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and therapeutics.
Lou Weiss, Chair of the Foundation, presented the ceremonial check for the $1 million pledge to Bergen New Bridge President and CEO, Deb Visconi, who expressed her gratitude for the Foundation’s support. “The support from our Foundation is vital to us as we continue to innovate, grow, and expand to best serve the needs of our diverse communities,” said Visconi. “Together we will address healthcare disparities, continue to increase access to care, create programs such as our Center for Positivity and Eating Disorders, LGBTQ+ Wellness Center, Hope and Resiliency Center for Youth and provide state of the art digital mammography and MRI technology while reaching directly into our communities with our satellite locations and our New CareRite Now locations in select Bergen County Inserra Supermarkets.”
Weiss echoed Visconi’s sentiments, saying, “Today is an important day that has been many years in the making. As the fundraising arm of the Medical Center, the Foundation is stepping up and launching this year with our biggest commitment ever. I am proud that we can make this pledge to support the continued growth, expansion, and vital work of the Medical Center.”
The $1 million pledge is the Foundation’s biggest commitment ever, and Bergen County officials expressed their gratitude for the Foundation’s generosity. “Bergen New Bridge has become a center for health activism doing so much for so many both at the Medical Center and directly into our communities,” said Bergen County Commissioner Mary Amoroso. “We are grateful to the Bergen New Bridge Foundation for this $1 million pledge, which will help the Medical Center continue caring for our neighbors.”
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco added, “We thank the Bergen New Bridge Foundation for their $1 million pledge, which is another testament to the growth of the Medical Center and more importantly will directly benefit the patients, residents, and everyone served by Bergen New Bridge.”
The Care Plus Bergen Board of Trustees also expressed their gratitude, with Chair Julia Orlando saying, “On behalf of the Care Plus Bergen Trustees, I would like to thank the Foundation for this major gift pledge. I hope this pledge is the catalyst for many other major gifts and philanthropic support because the care given here, the people providing that care, the leadership, and the community commitment is unparalleled.”
The Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation’s Trustees also expressed their pride in making the pledge, with John Cosgrove saying, “Today is a proud day for the Foundation and the Medical Center and it has been many years in the making. As the former Chair of the Foundation, we were building to this, and it is a privilege to be a part of this moment.”
The Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation’s $1 million pledge is a significant investment in the Medical Center’s future, and officials hope it will encourage others to contribute to the vital work being done at the facility. To learn more about Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and the services it provides, visit their website at www.newbridgehealth.org.