Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is adding new accolades to its name with recent rankings by the Lown Insitute. The Lown Insitute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility ranked the medical center first in New Jersey and second in the nation for social responsibility.
“I am incredibly proud of what this designation means for the Medical Center as our mission is to bring healthcare directly to those who need it most, particularly those who have historically been underserved and disenfranchised,” said Deborah Visconi, President & CEO, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “We will continue to lead efforts to eliminate barriers to care in our community and to be stewards of health equity while continuing to provide high quality healthcare and behavioral health services to all who need them.”
The first-of-its-kind index gave Bergen New Bridge Medical Center an “A” grade in social responsibility, health equity and patient safety which ranked them among the best of the 3,600 hospitals the index analyzes. Bergen New Bridge Medical Center was also ranked highly on the community benefit metric. This metric analyzes a hospital’s levels of charity and community outreach programs.
“America needs hospitals that prioritize community health, fair pay, and inclusivity,” said Vikas Saini, MD, President, Lown Institute. “That’s why it’s so important to life up these high-performing hospitals as examples for others to follow.”
The Lown Insitute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility grades hospitals across the nation based on data and metrics analyzing each hospital’s racial inclusivity, avoidance of overuse and overall community benefit. The index evaluates racial inclusivity by seeing if the hospital cares for all the patients in its community. The index also looks at pay equity and awards high grades to hospitals that avoid excessive CEO pay.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, revamped and rebranded in 2017, is the fourth largest publicly owned hospital in the nation. Located in Paramus with additional locations in Bergenfield, Englewood and Paterson, Bergen New Bridge is a clinical affiliate with Rutgers with extensive medical services. Bergen New Bridge Medical Center accepts 99.91% of major commercial insurance plans offered to New Jersey residents while providing emergency ambulatory care, mental health and substance abuse care, long-term care along with laboratory and radiological services.