PARAMUS, NJ - "Finding unity in a moment where people are fleeing each other" is how Imam Mohamed El-Filali characterized Bergen New Bridge Medical Center's new partnership with the Fusion Muslim Community Center of North Jersey.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, New Jersey's largest hospital, will be the health care provider of choice to the Muslim community offering acute care, long term care, mental health and substance use disorder treatment. 

"In the midst of trying times, this partnership is the first of its kind catering to Muslim Americans," Ahmed Al-Shehab said.

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The hospital has similar partnerships with the Korean and Indian communities where floors of the hospital are devoted to those cultures.

“Our partnership with the Fusion will help provide access to long term care and a complete continuum of health care services to our Muslim community,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.  “New Jersey ranks number 1 in the nation in the percentage of its population that is Muslim and Bergen County has the second largest percentage of Muslims residents. Because we are committed to caring for diverse communities, increasing population health, and making sure those who often go underserved or unserved have access to quality, compassionate, and inclusive healthcare, forging this relationship with the Fusion was a priority for us.” 

"New Bridge is the true health care leader for such personalized attention," said Dr. M. Haque of the Fusion Community Center. "Families are hesitant to bring their loved ones to a place that is not personalized. We are pushing it forward and making it personal."

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera thanked Bergen County Executive James Tedesco for his "leadership" which has "sewn the seeds of success" over the past several years during which Bergen New Bridge Hospital's profile has risen to prestigious heights.

"As the largest and only public hospital in Bergen County, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center does an exceptional job providing culturally sensitive healthcare services and long term care,” said James J. Tedesco, lll, Bergen County Executive. “This new partnership with the Fusion Center of Northern New Jersey expands upon Bergen New Bridge’s success and continues the County of Bergen’s commitment to establishing meaningful programs to care for our residents by further expanding access to specialized services for the Muslim community across the region.”

For more information regarding the Muslim long term care program and services at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, visit  

Photo: Bergen New Bridge President and CEO Deb Visconi, Dr. Dumay, Dr. Ramay, Imam Mohamed El-Filali, Imam Moutaz Sherif, Imam Mohammed Ibn Ahmed, Ahmed Al-Shehab, Dr. Haque, Dr. Ahmed, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton, Freeholder Chairwoman Mary Amoroso, CarePlus Bergen Incoming Board Chairman Robert Pacicco, Councilwoman Maria Elena Bellinger