Through their partnership with Inserra Supermarkets, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center opened their latest CareRite Now health center on Friday, Jan. 6 in New Milford. The center will provide more convenient access to quality healthcare for residents of the community. This is the second facility to open, with the first CareRite Now center opening in Wallington on Nov. 30 and four more locations planned to open in 2023 in Hackensack, Hillsdale, Lodi and Palisades Park.
“We are so proud that Shoprite is here and with the opening of CareRite Now, quality healthcare will be provided to the residents of our community and the surrounding areas,” stated New Milford Mayor Michael Putrino.
“Bergen New Bridge and CareRite Now providers will create programs, offer education, and more to improve the quality of life for the members of our community,” said Larry Inserra, Jr., Chairman of the Board & CEO, Inserra Supermarkets. “CareRite Now New Milford will ensure that the community has convenient access to quality healthcare right here in our store.”
The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is used to identify crucial issues regarding the overall health of residents within a certain community. Once the key issues are identified, it allows community leaders to establish the steps that must be taken to overcome these problems. Data collected during the 2022 CHNA motivated the opening of the CareRite Now centers, as well as satellite offices in Bergenfield and Paterson. An implementation strategy was also introduced that focused on providing healthcare directly within the communities that New Jersey’s largest hospital resides.
“The Community Health Needs Assessment gave us a very clear picture of what the healthcare challenges are in Bergen County and emphasized the need to provide access to those who are most in need of our care,” said Deborah Visconi, President & CEO, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “We are committed to breaking down any barriers that stand in the way of our community receiving the healthcare and services they need, when they need them and most importantly, where they need them.”
Additionally, the CHNA highlighted social determinants that can impact the health of a community as a whole. A few of the determinants listed include:
- Access to transportation
- Safe housing
- Educational and job opportunities
- Access to healthy food
- Literacy skills
Another result of the latest CHNA is the creation of a Community Health Department, which will allow Bergen New Bridge to be active in community events across the county. The Community Health Department serves various other purposes including managing vaccinations and COVID-19 testing at the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. In the last year, they have attended events in almost all 70 municipalities in Bergen County.
“The work we’ve done here at Bergen New Bridge has saved the lives of Bergen County residents and at the same time has elevated the health and wellness of those who previously had issues accessing quality healthcare,” said James Tedesco, Bergen County Executive. “Identifying barriers to care is important and we will continue to work on removing these obstacles to bring quality healthcare to all county residents when and where they need it.”
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has worked relentlessly towards promoting the improvement of overall health in the communities of Bergen County and the opening of their new CareRite Now center in New Milford is their latest move towards accomplishing this goal.
To learn more about Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and their efforts to make quality healthcare more accessible or to view the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment, please visit www.newbridgehealth.org.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC), a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, is a 1,070-bed hospital located at 230 East Ridgewood Ave. in Paramus. 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, a not-for-profit safety net facility, provides high-quality comprehensive services, including acute and ambulatory care, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, long-term care, 24/7 emergency department, surgical suites, physical rehabilitation, pharmacy, laboratory, radiologic services (including digital mammography). It is a leading provider of COVID 19 testing, vaccinations, and therapeutics. The Medical Center also has satellite offices in Bergenfield, Englewood and Paterson. Primary care and other health and wellness services are available at the hospital’s CareRite Now centers located in select Inserra Supermarkets in Bergen County.
Bergen New Bridge is in network with all major New Jersey commercial insurance plans covering 99.91% of NJ residents and is a Veterans Community Care Provider. It is also a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Learn more at www.newbridgehealth.org.