Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Thomas Amitrano honored by the New Jersey State Nurses Association

Amitrano is one of the Diva and Don Award recipients to be recognized on April 7

PARAMUS, NJ– Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, New Jersey’s largest hospital and a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, is pleased to announce that Thomas Amitrano, MPA, RN, Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer is among 16 nurses being honored by The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) for outstanding professional career accomplishments at its Divas and Dons Gala on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J.

“I have always wanted to be a nurse and I have been fortunate to have spent my entire professional career doing what I love and helping others,” said Amitrano. “There are no words to express my gratitude and appreciation to my colleagues for nominating me and to the New Jersey State Nurses Association for awarding me this honor.”

“Thom is a true servant leader,” said Bergen New Bridge CEO, Deb Visconi. “Throughout the pandemic he has been on the front lines, vaccinating thousands, providing education, support, care, and leadership. We are proud of him for receiving this award and thankful for all he does for our patients, long term care residents, and the communities we serve.”

Through its annual Divas and Dons in Nursing celebration, the Institute for Nursing calls attention to the outstanding achievements of accomplished New Jersey nurses. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for nursing students and nurses who are advancing their education. The Institute also provides quality continuing education programs and grants for nurses involved in research. “The mission of the Institute for Nursing is to preserve the heritage, principles, values and practices of our health profession through the support of scholarships, education and research,” said Sandra Foley, DNP, RN, chair of the Institute for Nursing, the foundation of NJSNA. “Our goals include raising money to expand scholarship and research programs. We want to bring more nurses into the profession and continue to develop quality educational programs to keep nurses current on major advances in health care. This effort is vital to improving the quality of patient care in New Jersey.”

For more information regarding the Don and Diva Award Celebration and recipients, visit


The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) represents the interests of 125,000 registered nurses and advanced practice nurses as an advocate for the nursing profession. NJSNA, which was established in 1901, is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. NJSNA’s lobbying arm continues to protect the nursing profession through legislative victories. Its nonprofit foundation, Institute for Nursing, helps nurses further their careers by providing continuing education, scholarships, and research grants in addition to invaluable networking opportunities. For more information, nurses can visit or contact NJSNA at or (609) 883-5335.

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

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