PARAMUS, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy was on hand Tuesday morning at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center for the partnership announcement with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s largest health insurer, which now expands coverage to more than 230,000 residents in Bergen County.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the largest hospital in New Jersey, announced the new agreement on July 16 with Horizon BCBSNJ during a news conference on campus that included several dignitaries, including James J. Tedesco, III, Bergen County Executive and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

“In less than two years, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has transformed medical care in Bergen County,” Tedesco said.

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The County continues to invest in Bergen New Bridge, Tedesco said, and “advocate on behalf of its residents with the express goal to better serve the surrounding community.”

“This historic agreement will provide residents in Bergen County who are Horizon members with total access to a continuum of quality care on one campus, close to home, right here,” he said. “And that includes County employees who can now utilize the hospital and its full complement of services. When you combine this service with the health care that we already accept at our hospital, you reach an even larger population in Bergen County, and this means greater access to all the services that Bergen New Bridge offers.”

Gov. Murphy was up next and got a chuckle from the crowd when he said, “As Bergen County goes, so goes the state of New Jersey.”

“Horizon and New Bridge have brought their leadership forward to make sure that happens,” he said.

“Helping patients is not exclusive to doctors and nurses,” Murphy said. “It takes a village. I look forward to all this partnership will bring.”

Bergen New Bridge President and CEO Deborah Visconi said the new partnership will enhance the health and wellbeing of the community by increasing access to efficient, effective, quality care.

“The Horizon network enables more of our neighbors to benefit from Bergen New Bridge’s expanded acute and ambulatory care services and the dedicated and skilled medical staff who provide that care, including physicians from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School,” Visconi said.

“Bergen New Bridge is committed to being the healthcare facility our community deserves and we are rapidly changing to meet its needs,” she said. “As we stand here today, Bergen New Bridge is a full-service hospital that provides 24/7 emergency, medical and long-term care; women’s health, cardiac, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitation services; as well as mental and behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, and so much more.”

Allen J. Karp, executive vice president of Horizon BCBSNJ, said he is “really excited” about the partnership.

“We’re working together to provide members with optimal health, for both physical and emotional wellbeing,” he said.

Dr. Maurizio Miglietta, Chief of Surgery at Bergen New Bridge, said he is proud of the partnership.

“Where your medical needs can be met in one location in your own backyard,” Dr. Miglietta said. “This is access to quality care for 230,000 more people.”

Naglaa Rizk, MD, Medical Director of Ambulatory Services at Bergen New Bridge, said she is passionate about healthcare for women.

“Access is everything,” she said. “Women make the biggest decisions in their families regarding healthcare. And we have everything from basic care to specialists, plus a full-service emergency room. And we have a beautiful chapel—we cover the mind, body and spirit.”

“As an administrator I’m working on more coverage, as a woman, I’m working on more choices, and as a physician, I’m working on cloning myself for more work.”

Bergen County Freeholder Chairwoman Germaine Ortiz said the partnership is “gratifying.”

“Bergen New Bridge is a key health facility here in Bergen County making healthcare more accessible,” she said.