Bergen New Bridge was the first hospital in Bergen County to host a program only for adult interns
(Paramus, NJ) Bergen New Bridge Medical Center welcomed seven new Project SEARCH interns during a reception attended by department heads, staff, and hospital leadership. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with neurodivergence and different abilities.
The program at Bergen New Bridge was the first to focus solely on adult interns. Participants must be between 18 and 30 years old with a high school diploma or GED.
“We are proud to continue being an advocate for equity, inclusion, diversity, education and mentorship,” said Bergen New Bridge President and CEO, Deborah Visconi. “This program is incredibly valuable and important to the interns, their families and to our Medical Center as these individuals have become a vibrant part of our recruitment strategies. We hired 5 of our interns into permanent positions at Bergen New Bridge from last year’s Project SEARCH graduating class.”
During the internship, participants will complete three ten-week rotations throughout different departments at Bergen New Bridge. The goal of the program is to allow interns to develop work and other soft skills to help prepare them to enter the workforce.
“Project SEARCH’s adult program has been a game changer in our community for adults who are differently-abled and want to work,” said Tammy Molinelli, Executive Director of the Bergen County Workforce Development Board. “Bergen New Bridge Medical Center’s continued commitment as a partner in Project SEARCH demonstrates their dedication to diversity and inclusion in the workforce.”
“Project SEARCH is essential to help prepare these adults for fulfilling work and a better quality of life,” said Tracy Zur, Chairwoman, Bergen County Board of Commissioners. “I am thrilled to see the successful partnership between the program and Bergen New Bridge continue.”
“This program has a positive impact not only on its participants but on all of the lives they will touch during their time at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center,” said Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III. “The impact of their internship experience will also be felt by their future employers who will benefit from the skills they develop during their time in the program.”
Photo Caption: Deborah Visconi, Bergen New Bridge President and CEO, Josh Remland, Bergen New Bridge Volunteer Manager. Project Search Interns now employees: Felice Sacco, Bryan Kim, Abraham Antigua, Hannah Berman, and David Castillo. Project SEARCH new interns: Felice Sacco, Bryan Kim, Abraham Antigua, Hannah Berman, David Castillo. Michelle Ardanza, Project SEARCH Program Coordinator and Donnalee Corrieri, Bergen New Bridge Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
ABOUT BERGEN NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, 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 Medical Center, 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 99.89% of NJ residents.
Bergen New Bridge 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. The Medical Center 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 2019. Learn more at www.newbridgehealth.org.