PARAMUS, NJ – Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, continuing on its journey to transform healthcare in New Jersey, shared a groundbreaking moment with the communities the Medical Center serves including its patients, long term care residents, families, staff, board members, Bergen County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, as Bergen New Bridge’s new entrance and lobby was unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 30.

"When you come through these doors, you come here to be taken care of," Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said during the ceremony.

Deborah Visconi, Bergen New Bridge President and CEO said the event was groundbreaking. "I could not be prouder than to stand here with all of you as our goal to transform our lobby and front entrance to a modern, state-of-the-art environment to welcome all those who walk through our doors becomes a reality." 

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Visconi said when she walked through the doors for the first time two years ago, she made it a goal "to create a warm, welcoming environment for our staff, and today, that dream has come true."

“Days like today only happen with strong partnerships, with support from dedicated and passionate people like our County Executive, our Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Board of Care Plus Bergen, Mauro Raguseo, and the BCIA commissioners, our dedicated medical staff, my senior team, my colleague and friend, Mike Formanek, and all the dedicated staff at our hospital that deliver extraordinary, compassionate care day in and day out," she said.

 Tedesco said the day was about "transformation and realizing this Medical Center is the County’s asset providing quality care for all Bergen County residents."

“This lobby symbolizes the continued growth, enhancements, and commitment of all those who believed in the Medical Center, knew its importance to Bergen County, and had the vision to invest in the right people, fueled with the necessary ability to make the changes we see today and will continue to see," he said."

“The Freeholders are proud to support the continued progress and evolution of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center,” said Germaine Ortiz, Chairwoman of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders. “Congratulations to Deb Visconi, her team, and all those involved in this renovation to benefit all those who work at or seek care from this great facility.”

“I have always said that I love this place, and days like today continue to remind me why,” said Joseph Masciandaro, Chairman of the Care Plus Bergen Board of Directors. “I am proud of Deb and everyone at the Medical Center who work diligently providing outstanding care to those who need our services today, and in the future.”

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. The Medical Center is both the largest hospital and licensed nursing home in NJ 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 and ambulatory care from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and community physicians, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, 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 and is in network with all major New Jersey commercial insurance plans covering 99.89% of NJ residents.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is a full-service hospital with a 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 Community Care Provider proudly serving the healthcare needs of veterans and is a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for 2019.  Learn more at

Pictured: Iris Verdi, Bergen New Bridge Vice President of Facilities; Deborah Visconi, Bergen New Bridge President and CEO; Joseph Masciandaro, Care Plus Bergen Chairman of the Board; James J. Tedesco, III, Bergen County Executive; Robert Pacicco, Care Plus Bergen Trustee; Mary Jane Nelson, Bergen New Bridge Communications Supervisor; Germaine Ortiz, Chairwoman, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Tom Sullivan, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Mary Amaroso, Vice Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Mauro Raguseo, Executive Director of the Bergen County Improvement Authority; Aaron Hajart, Bergen New Bridge Chief Operating Officer, and Susan Burkhardt, Bergen New Bridge Volunteer Manager.