Bergen New Bridge using technology partner to help solve nursing shortage

Largest hospital in N.J. adopts CareRev’s technology platform to connect with local talent

Deborah Visconi. (File photo)

Finding nursing staff at a health care facility has never been more difficult. Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, is finding new ways to solve the problem.

This week, Bergen New Bridge announced a partnership with CareRev, a technology platform that connects hospitals and health systems with local nurses and other health care professionals.

With CareRev, Bergen New Bridge can identify and hire local qualified nurses, certified nursing assistants and technicians per diem to accommodate fluctuating patient volumes and fill in gaps to support the hospital’s full-time staff, Bergen New Bridge CEO Deb Visconi said.

“CareRev’s technology allows us to build relationships with talent in our own backyard, while adding additional support for our full-time staff, which is critical following the last few years of the pandemic,” she said. “This partnership forges a new industry standard benefiting health care facilities and workers at a time when Bergen New Bridge Medical Center celebrates our fifth anniversary and reflects on our transformational journey.”

CareRev officials said they work with hospitals and health systems throughout the country that need a ready supply of labor to support their existing workforce. These facilities are willing to meet the needs of today’s health care workforce, many of whom are looking for more flexible schedules. Credentialed health care professionals in New Jersey will soon be able to use the CareRev app to find and book shifts to work when and where they want, without committing to a minimum or maximum number of shifts.

The need is there — and is growing.

According to the National Health Resources and Services Administration, New Jersey will face a nursing shortage of more than 11,000 nurses by 2030.

Bergen New Bridge partners with New Jersey Innovation Institute as part of a network of collaborators and innovators who have a long history of identifying and implementing solutions to improve New Jersey’s patient outcomes.

Jennifer D’Angelo, senior vice president & general manager, Healthcare Division of NJII, said it facilitated the introduction of BNBMC to CareRev to help support its long-term workforce strategy.

“Bergen New Bridge Medical Center’s adoption of CareRev’s technology will strengthen the facility with access to an adaptable, highly skilled workforce and helps keep health care local by recruiting directly from our own communities,” she said.

Will Patterson, founder and CEO of CareRev and a former intensive care nurse, said the Los Angeles-based company is eager to help.

“This partnership is about Bergen County health care professionals helping patients in their community,” he said. “Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is paving the way with a new approach to health care staffing.

“We are thrilled to launch in New Jersey at the state’s largest hospital. The impact of this partnership extends far past the walls of this facility and will shape a new status quo for health care workers across the state.”