PARAMUS, NJ – ‘We the People’ was started by Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur and several other concerned community members who wanted to create a space that encouraged unity and brought together students from across Bergen County to meet new peers and learn from one another. Students work together on multiple service minded projects, one of which was creating and delivering more than 100 hand-made blankets for the long term care residents at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.  

“We cannot thank Freeholder Zur and the children enough for these blankets,” said Katie Richardson, Chief Long Term Care Officer at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “Our residents were very appreciative and so touched by their thoughtfulness”.

"As the founder of ‘We the People’, I am so excited to make this blanket donation on behalf of the non-profit to the long-term residents of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center,” said Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur. “It was hard to say who received more joy from this project, the residents receiving them, or the children who worked collaboratively with the goal to make lives of those they don’t know better.”

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ABOUT BERGEN NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER                                                                                                                      

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC), 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.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, a not-for-profit safety net facility, provides high-quality comprehensive services, including acute care, behavioral health care, and long-term care to the greater Bergen County community. The Medical Center, including its Long-Term Care Division, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is one of the largest medical facilities providing a continuum of care for the behavioral health community.

Bergen 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. Learn more at