PARAMUS, NJ, January 20, 2022 – Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, New Jersey’s largest hospital and a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, is pleased to announce that local businessman and longtime supporter Louis Weiss has been elected to serve as Chairperson for the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation.
The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the philanthropy arm for Bergen New Bridge. Since the hospital’s 2017 transition to a not for profit entity, the support of the Foundation has been vital. Weiss succeeds John Cosgrove, who led the Foundation since 2009.
“I am extremely grateful to John Cosgrove for his years of leadership and deeply honored to be called upon to help further efforts to move the hospital forward,” said Weiss. “As Chairperson of the Foundation, I look forward to a continued collaboration with Bergen New Bridge President and CEO Deb Visconi and our development team to raise much needed funds for critical program and facility enhancements and expansion that will greatly benefit our community for years to come.”
Among the Foundation’s ambitious goals is to raise funds for a major renovation of the hospital’s Emergency Department, to provide enhanced functionality and improve access to lifesaving emergency medical and mental health and substance use disorder treatment services to the local community.
Mr. Weiss has been involved in law enforcement for the NYPD and the Fair Lawn Police Reserve and has more than 45 years of construction-related experience. He has been closely involved with local and national government affairs, local and national trade associations, and held various positions with multiple local not for profit organizations including the Bergen County SPCA and Fair Lawn Rescue, where he was a founding member. He is currently the CEO of WFM-Project & Construction Inc. and has been a hospital Foundation Trustee for 12 years. In 2010, Weiss was instrumental in the renovations of the hospital’s auditorium, which included installing new floors, acoustical ceiling, lighting, AV equipment, doors and other aesthetical improvements to create more functional and accessible space for residents and patients.
“This is a very exciting and pivotal time of growth and expansion for the Medical Center,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge. “Lou’s natural leadership ability coupled with his longstanding relationship with the hospital and tremendous business reputation throughout New Jersey will further help our Foundation to attract the philanthropic support the medical center needs.”
For more information regarding Bergen New Bridge or its Foundation, visit www.newbridgehealth.org
About Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC), a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, is a 1,070-bed hospital located at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, NJ. 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 from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and community physicians, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and long-term care to the greater Bergen County community. The Medical Center, including its Long-Term Care Division, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and is in network with all major New Jersey commercial insurance plans covering 99.91% of NJ residents.
The Medical Center is a full-service hospital with a 24/7 emergency department, surgical suites, physical rehabilitation, pharmacy, laboratory, radiologic services (including digital mammography), and more than 26 medical specialties available through its Ambulatory Care Center. It is a leading provider of COVID 19 testing, vaccinations and therapeutics.
Bergen New Bridge is a Veterans Community Care Provider proudly serving the healthcare needs of veterans and is a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for 2020. Learn more at www.newbridgehealth.org