Paramus, NJ – New Bridge Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah Visconi was honored at the
15th annual fundraising gala hosted by Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County, Friday, October 12 at the Stony Hill Inn
“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.”
About New Bridge Medical Center
New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, is a 1,070 bed hospital located at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue
in Paramus, NJ. Founded in 1916 to treat patients with contagious diseases, the medical center is both the largest
hospital and licensed nursing home in New Jersey and the fourth-largest publicly-owned hospital in the nation.
New Bridge Medical Center, a non-for-profit safety net facility, provides high-quality comprehensive and inclusive
services including acute and ambulatory care, long term care, substance abuse treatment and behavioral health care to
the greater Bergen County community. The Medical Center, including its Long Term Care Division, is fully accredited by
the Joint Commission. Additionally, with 323 beds, New Bridge Medical Center is one of the largest medical facilities
providing a continuum of care for the behavioral health community.
New Bridge Medical Center offers acute medical services, including: 24/7 emergency department; surgical suites;
physical rehabilitation; pharmacy; laboratory; radiologic services (including digital mammography) and more than 26
medical specialties available through its Ambulatory Care Center. The Medical Center is a Veterans Choice Provider
proudly serving the healthcare needs of veterans.
About Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County
Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing, supporting and promoting
the expansion of adult literacy in Bergen County.
Project Literacy provides assistance to:
- Adults who cannot read, write, or speak English, who need one-to-one tutoring by trained volunteers, and for whom classes are either difficult or not possible.
- Adult literacy students who want to find free classes in reading, writing, and speaking English, or who want information on getting their HSE (GED).
- Employers who need an assessment of their literacy needs.
- Policymakers who need information regarding the literacy field to inform their decisions.
- Members of the media who want to inform the public and explain problems relating to illiteracy.