PARAMUS, NJ - Bergen New Bridge Medical Center held a small, socially distanced, Pride flag raising ceremony on June 18. During her speech honoring Pride month, the Medical Center’s President and CEO, Deb Visconi, announced that Bergen New Bridge has started work on the development of an LGBTQ Healthcare Center.

“We have a unique opportunity right now to transform healthcare delivery, identifying those communities that need us the most and help provide education and provide easy access to all levels of healthcare, including testing,” said Visconi. 

The Medical Center’s recent Community Health Needs Assessment demonstrated that the LGBTQ population often delay or don’t seek the care they need, which leads to long-term health challenges, increased vulnerability to chronic conditions, and negative outcomes. Subsequently, vulnerable populations were heavily impacted by COVID-19 and the epidemics within the pandemic – mental health and substance use disorder –is likely to hit these communities disproportionately.

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Visconi stated, “What we do now – the actions we put to these words – is what will change the world. We must create a healthcare experience where the LGBTQ community feel safe, welcomed, and do not fear stigma. We want to be the healthcare resource for the community where they know they can come and receive quality, respectful, equitable, and compassionate care.  There is no facility as uniquely positioned to do this in our area as we are.”

The Medical Center’s Foundation will be spearheading the giving campaign to help fund the new LGBTQ Center. For more information or to donate, visit www.newbridgehealth.org.

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 www.newbridgehealth.org.