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September 12, 2016
Contact: Donnalee Corrieri
(201) 225-7141

Bergen Regional Medical Center Expands its Medical Detoxification Service
Continues to Respond to the Heroin Crisis and Increasing Community Need

(Paramus, NJ) The Heroin epidemic continues to rage throughout New Jersey. Recently, acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal said, the epidemic is still “staggering” and “overwhelming.” Grewal recently unveiled that his office, partnering with Bergen Regional Medical Center and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, launched a new program at the end of August called ‘Operation Helping Hand’. This program gave detectives the chance to offer those arrested on heroin charges a chance to enter into a five-day detox program at Bergen Regional.

Bergen Regional has already responded to the increased need for medical detox beds by expanding the service from 54 beds to 74 beds over the last year. On September 12, 2016, eight more medical detox beds were added bringing the service to 82 beds with another two beds slated to be available later this fall.

“Bergen Regional Medical Center is committed to working collaboratively with the County to combat the Heroin crisis,” said Susan Mendelowitz, President, COO and Administrator for Bergen Regional. “The continuum of care we offer for those in need of mental health and/or substance abuse services is an essential service. This recent expansion furthers our dedication to this mission. I am proud of all those involved at the Medical Center with making this critical expansion happen.”


September 12, 2013                                                 
Contact: Donnalee Corrieri
(201) 225-7141

Katie Richardson, Bergen Regional Medical Center's Long Term Care Administrator and Vice President has been named a winner in the 2013 NJBIZ Forty Under 40 awards program.

Katie Richardson has been named a winner in the 2013 NJBIZ Forty Under 40 awards program. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premier business news publication, is presented by Rothstein Kass and sponsored by Comcast Business, Stark & Stark, First Bank and Miles Technologies.

The Forty Under 40 awards program honors men and women under the age of 40 who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, to professional excellence and to the community. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included working in New Jersey and possessing significant authority for decision making within a company or organization. 

The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Aldonna R. Ambler, CMC, CSP, The Growth Strategist; John Farrell, Rider University; Brenda Hopper, Small Business Development Centers; James Morris, Rutgers University; James F. Shannon, Choose: New Jersey.

NJBIZ and the program sponsors will honor this year’s winners during an awards ceremony on Monday, October 28, 2013 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.  The honorees will also be highlighted in a special supplement to NJBIZ on November 11, 2013.



July 30, 2012                                                 
Contact: Donnalee Corrieri
(201) 225-7141

Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Acute Care Unit 11-4
Recognized by the New Jersey Hospital Association for its Dedication to Improving Quality Healthcare 

 (Paramus, NJ) Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Acute Care Unit 11-4 was recognized by the New Jersey Hospital Association for its dedication to improving quality healthcare and active participation in the NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety Collaborative, Transforming Care at the Bedside.

 “Our staff is always looking for new and innovative ways to provide the best service and care to our patients and it’s wonderful to see their dedication to service honored,” said Joseph Orlando, BRMC President and Chairman. 

The BRMC team that participated in Transforming Care at the Bedside focused on to enhancing the quality of patient care and service, creating more effective care teams, improving patient satisfaction and staff retention.   The team was encouraged to generate innovative ideas to improve patient safety, build effective care teams and develop systems that enhance their ability to deliver timely and efficient quality care.  

Recently Bergen Regional Medical Center has been recognized for a variety of workplace achievements including being named “Nursing Home of the Year” by the NJBiz Healthcare Heroes Award Program and receiving accreditation by the Joint Commission for its Long Term Care Division.  Less than 6% of LTC facilities nationwide pursue and receive Joint Commission accreditation.


June 25, 2012
Contact: Donnalee Corrieri

Bergen Regional Medical Center Honored with Nursing Home of The Year Award
The Long Term Care Division of Bergen Regional Medical Center Received the Honor from NJBIZ

(Paramus, NJ) The Long Term Care Division at Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC) was named the Nursing Home of the Year by NJBIZHealthcare Heroes program at an awards ceremony on June 19, 2012.  The Healthcare Heroes program honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

The BRMC Long Term Care Division was honored due to its comprehensive, high quality care and on-site specialty programs including horticultural therapy, pastoral care, rehabilitation services and hospice programs.  The Long Term Care Division is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the largest licensed nursing home in the state of New Jersey. 

 “It is truly a privilege that the Long Term Care Division and Bergen Regional Medical Center is being honored with the Nursing Home of the Year Award,” said Joseph Orlando, BRMC President and Chairman.  “We have always been committed to providing quality care services to our residents in Bergen County and New Jersey. New Jersey is our home, and to our residents, home is Bergen Regional Medical Center.”

NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges who are leaders in New Jersey healthcare.


June 12, 2012
Contact: Donnalee Corrieri

Kathleen Divers of Bergen Regional Medical Center Receives Certification in Patient Safety

(Paramus, NJ) Kathleen Divers, Associate Vice President of Quality and Outcomes Management at Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC), has been awarded the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.

Recipients of the CPPS credential demonstrate proficiency with planning and implementation of patient safety initiatives including risk identification, system design and the ability to assess and manage external influences on patient safety.

Divers has more than twenty-five years of experience working in hospitals in the tri-state area. She joined BRMC in 2007 as the Regulatory Compliance and Risk Manager. In 2009, Divers was promoted to Associate Vice President of Quality and Outcomes Management where she oversees regulatory and accreditation compliance and hospital initiatives to improve patient care and safety.

Divers is nationally certified in Quality Management and Infection Control and is also a member of the Association of Healthcare Quality Professionals and the American College of Healthcare Executives.  


April 25, 2012
Contact: Donnalee Corrieri
(201) 225-7141

Long Term Care Division of  Bergen Regional Medical Center honored by NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes

(Paramus, NJ) The Long Term Care Division of Bergen Regional Medical Center has been named a finalist in the Nursing Home of the Year category in the 2012 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premiere business news publication, is sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, the New Jersey Hospital Association and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.

The Healthcare Heroes awards program honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. Finalists were selected in eleven categories: Corporate Achievement, Education Hero-Individual, Education Hero-Organization, Hospital of the Year, Innovation Hero-Individual, Innovation Hero-Organization, Nurse of the Year, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year, Physician of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Finalists and winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Mary Ann T. Donohue, Ph.D., RN, APN, NEA-BC, Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Dr. Richard Dool, Seton Hall University; Dr. Vincent Grasso; D.N. Lombardi, Ph.D., USMC®, Stevens Healthcare Partnerships; Dean Paranicas, Healthcare Institute of New Jersey and David Taylor, New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition.

The Healthcare Heroes awards finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on June 19, 2012 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey.


July 12, 2011
Contact: Donnalee Corrieri
(201) 225-7141

Bergen Regional Medical Center Receives Joint Commission Re-Accreditation During Recent Survey

(Paramus, NJ) The Joint Commission recently completed its unannounced and thorough re-accreditation survey of the entire Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC) facility, including laboratory services and long term care division. The Commission is an independent organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Bergen Regional was noted for its “outstanding” performance for a hospital and long term care facility of its size, diversity and complexity and Commission surveyors stated the results for BRMC are amongst the best seen so far this year. Nationwide, only six percent of long term care facilities pursue accreditation with The Joint Commission.

“We’re pleased that The Joint Commission recognized and documented the passion and commitment the staff at Bergen Regional has for delivering high quality, safe care to our patients,” said BRMC President Joseph S. Orlando. “I’d like to thank our entire staff for working together to consistently and expediently provide the Commission’s surveyors with the information and assistance they needed to create a final report that accurately and fully reflects the high level of care we deliver on a regular basis.”

The Joint Commission survey consisted of a seven member team that spent one week at BRMC. Surveyors met with staff and reviewed the inpatient units, operating rooms, emergency rooms, ambulatory care programs, behavioral health division, pharmacy, laboratory and long term care division. The full survey includes assessments of the hospital’s process of care, documentation, physical plant, quality management, emergency preparedness and several other facets of the hospital. Bergen Regional Medical Center undergoes a full accreditation survey every three years and the laboratory is surveyed every two years.


About Bergen Regional Medical Center

Located at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, NJ, Bergen Regional Medical Center provides a comprehensive set of quality services including Long Term Care, Behavioral Health Care and Acute Care to the Bergen County community and is a safety net provider for the mentally impaired, elderly, uninsured or underinsured for the State of New Jersey. Bergen Regional is both the largest hospital with 1,070 beds and the largest licensed nursing home in New Jersey. Additionally, with 323 beds, Bergen Regional is one of the largest medical resources providing a continuum of care for the behavioral health community. Bergen Regional has a full service emergency department, state of the art operating suites and 23 ambulatory specialty services available through the BRMC clinic. For general hospital information, call 201.967.4000 or visit

About The Joint Commission

Since its founding in 1951, The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has been acknowledged as the leader in developing the highest standards for quality and safety in the delivery of health care, and evaluating organization performance based on these standards. Today, more than 19,000 health care providers use Joint Commission standards to guide how they administer care and continuously improve performance. The Joint Commission is also the only accrediting organization with the capability and experience to evaluate health care organizations across the continuum of care. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.




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