PARAMUS, NJ – Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is a new site for Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities. 

Bergen New Bridge’s program is the first solely focused on adult interns. Participants must be between 18 and 30 years old with a high school diploma or GED.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Project SEARCH and honored to become the first site in the County focused on adult interns,” said Bergen New Bridge President and CEO, Deborah Visconi. “As a proponent for mentorship, education, inclusion and diversity, the interns from Project SEARCH are a welcomed addition to the Bergen New Bridge Family.” 

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Participant’s internship will be focused on the development of work and soft skills to help prepare them to more effectively enter into the workforce.

Project Search’s adult program will be a game changer in our community for adults who are differently-abled and want to work. Bergen New Bridge Medical Centers’ commitment as a partner with us on this first-time initiative demonstrates the hospital’s dedication to diversity and inclusion in the workforce,” said Tammy Molinelli, Executive Director of the
Bergen County Workforce Development Board. “We are looking forward to a successful program".

“We are so excited to be able to expand opportunities and possibilities for those 18 to 30 year olds with unique abilities here in Bergen County,” said Bergen County Freeholder Chairwoman Germaine Ortiz. “Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and PROJECT SEARCH are opening new doors that were once closed to these young adults. On Behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders I thank these two great organizations for helping the uniquely abled find greater stability and independence in life.”

“Everyone deserves the chance to reach for their highest hopes and fulfill their greatest potential,” said Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III.  “Bergen County is proud to partner with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center on Project SEARCH.  Giving adults age 18 to 30 with disabilities the opportunity to gain real-world work experience that will lead to employment will help them maintain a life full of opportunity and job security. All of us are born with unique talents that can help us succeed, and Project SEARCH helps those residents recognize and utilize those skills.”  

ABOUT BERGEN NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER                                                                       Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, 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