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BRMC Medical Detox Services Expand

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.”


ABOUT BERGEN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (BRMC)


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. 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 and is a safety net provider for the mentally impaired, elderly, uninsured, or underinsured for the state of New Jersey. BRMC also provides services for those eligible for health insurance or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

As a complement to its long term care and behavioral health/substance abuse expertise, Bergen Regional also offers acute medical services including 24/7 emergency department; surgical suites; physical rehabilitation; pharmacy; laboratory; radiologic services (including digital mammography); and more than 20 ambulatory specialties available through the BRMC Clinic.