Officials: Bergen New Bridge’s expansion of ED in Paramus represents commitment to community

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center officials were thrilled to host the groundbreaking for the expansion of its emergency department in Paramus.

And, while the expansion will increase the number of beds from 19 beds to 49 beds — with specialized areas for those experiencing a mental health crisis, pediatric patients and geriatric patients — CEO Deborah Visconi said the impact of bigger facility is about more than just numbers.

“With this expansion we are not merely constructing buildings, but we are building bridges of hope, healing, and resilience for our community,” she said. “We are confirming our commitment to providing accessible, top-tier health services to every individual who walks through our doors, regardless of the nature of their ailment.”

Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health Debroah Hartel praised Bergen New Bridge’s efforts to adapt to current needs.

“Today’s groundbreaking underscores Bergen New Bridge’s commitment to meeting the evolving health care needs of their community and providing specialty services and support in areas including behavioral health, substance use, geriatrics and for children and teenagers experiencing mental health crises,” she said.

Once completed, the ED will have separate areas for those seeking mental health services and those coming in for acute medical care, with 30 beds dedicated to behavioral health and substance use disorder patients.

New Jersey Hospital Association Cathleen Bennett CEO said she is thrilled with the aspirations hoped to be seen with the new additions.

“Bergen New Bridge has long been a beacon of hope and a beacon of healing,” Bennett said. “With the groundbreaking of this state-of-the-art emergency department, the medical center is reaffirming its commitment to providing the highest quality of care to those in need, especially during critical times.”