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9th Annual A Taste of Bergen

Monday, November 6, 2017, 6 p.m. at Seasons in Washington Township.

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The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center is once again hosting the 9th Annual A Taste of Bergen — a community cocktail party featuring fine dining and desserts provided by Bergen County’s best restaurants. Purchase tickets.

The Foundation is expecting more than 350 guests at A Taste of Bergen to come and sample some of the finest cuisine available in the area. By supporting the event through a raffle donation, or as a restaurant provider, you will be able to showcase and market your establishment while helping the patients and long term care residents of Bergen Regional Medical Center as well as Stigma-Free mental health and substance abuse initiatives.

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 more than 20 ambulatory specialty services available through the BRMC clinic.

The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation (Federal ID# 22-3135663) founded in 1991 as the fundraising arm of the Medical Center.

The Foundation is committed to:

  • Enhancing the quality of life for those served by Bergen Regional Medical Center.
  • Supporting educational programs for professionals, consumers and caregivers.
  • Educating the community about health issues and services available at Bergen Regional Medical Center.

The Foundation has been instrumental in multiple renovation projects at BRMC. It provides yoga classes and haircuts to more than 550 long term care residents who call the Medical Center home as well as providing electronics, entertainment systems, computers, and holiday gifts to the patients and residents of the facility. The Foundation also sponsors continuing education programs, health fairs, and annual community summer concerts.

Purchase tickets.

We look forward to your participation and thank you for your support of this worthwhile event. For more information on participating as a restaurant, or to donate raffle items, please contact RoseMary Klie at 201.225.7674 or rklie@bergenregional.com.

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Clinical Treatment of Shame, Anger, and Aggression

For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Thursday, November 2, 2017 • BRMC Auditorium

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. • 2 CEU Credit Hours

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m., Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Register for this FREE seminar by emailing rklie@bergenregional.com

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Seminar Highlights:
Participants will learn about the commonality of ‘shame affect’ among patients seeking mental health treatment. They will also learn about shame and its correlation to other diagnoses. Different types of shame, anger, and rage will be highlighted. Specific clinical social work interventions, using group and individual therapy to address shame and anger, will be presented. Case examples will be used to illustrate the topics.

Objectives:
Participants will learn:

• The definitions of two types of shame affect.

• About the four ways patients most often respond to shameful feelings.

• How shame is correlated to four other emotional disorders.

• How to use five specific strategies to help patients cope with internalized shame.

 

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is the Director at Bridge Back to Life clinic and an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for 27 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on various mental health topics including Personality Disorders, Emotional Disorders and Psychotherapy Models. He completed his BA at Emory University, MSW at Yeshiva University, and PhD at Rutgers University. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual,” “Co-occurring Disorders Manual”, and “Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.”

Attendants must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is for 2 Clinical CEU hours. For CEU approval information – http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references or content evaluation, contact pbf6@hotmail.com.

Family Therapy: Skills and Techniques

For New and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 • BRMC Auditorium • 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2 CEU Credit Hours

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m. • Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Register by emailing rklie@bergenregional.com

Download a flyer.

Seminar Highlights:
Participants will learn about the theory and practice related to family therapy. Other clinical topics include different types of treatment strategies and skills, therapy goals, and the role of the social worker in the family therapy process. In addition, the seminar will explore when to use family therapy as a treatment of choice. Recent clinical research about the efficacy of this model and its rate of success will be discussed as well.

Objectives: 
Participants will be able to:

• Identify three inter-generational and dysfunctional family problems.

• Name three ways to use genograms to help families understand their family patterns.

• Recall four critical roles family members may have within their family.

• Describe four effective family therapy interventions to improve communication within families.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is the Director at Bridge Back to Life clinic and an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist for 27 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on various mental health topics including Personality Disorders, Emotional Disorders and Psychotherapy Models. He completed his BA at Emory University, MSW at Yeshiva University, and PhD at Rutgers University. In addition, Dr Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual,” “Co-occurring Disorders Manual”, and “Shame Affect – Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.” Attendants must attend the entire seminar and complete the evaluation form to receive Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar. This seminar is for 2 Clinical CEU hours. For CEU approval information – http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/social/socialaw.htm

If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references or content evaluation, contact pbf6@hotmail.com.

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Medical Review and Appeals Coordinator/RN

Your ability to analyze, evaluate and give voice to your observations is critical to our patient care

You have an exceptionally calm, logical vision paired with the practical knowledge and depth of experience to make consistently fair appeals determinations. Plus, your understanding of the complexities of the process along with your ability to communicate sensitive issues to others would make you an ideal candidate for this important role at Bergen Regional Medical Center.

In this position, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Denial and Appeals Processes, analyzing and reviewing prospective appeals for reconsideration of denied charges. You will also identify and communicate quality of care concerns as they relate to the care that has or has not been provided by the documented healthcare team. 

This is another critical area where your insights will be sought and highly valued.

To qualify, you must have:

 ● A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or a related field

 ● Current NJ RN license 

 ● Certification in Case Management, Certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Case Management preferred

Required experience includes:

 ● Five years working for a health insurance company, HMO or hospital processing health care claims

 ● Ten years of clinical experience in an acute care setting with at least 5 years in Behavioral Health

Other necessary skills include:

● Personal computer knowledge including Microsoft Office, Word and Excel

● Working knowledge of InterQual Criteria, Medicare/Medicaid and managed care coverage guidelines

● Capacity to interpret and apply clinical guidelines to determine coverage based on contractual benefits

● Exceptional ability to interact with a wide range of individuals via spoken and written word

● Proven ability to independently analyze pertinent information and make decisions 

To learn more about Bergen Regional Medical Center and to apply for this exciting opportunity, visit our website to To learn more about Bergen Regional Medical Center and to apply for this exciting opportunity, visit the job posting.

Bedside Harpist at Bergen Regional Long Term Care

The Foundation of Bergen Regional sponsors Bedside Harpist to provide music for BRMC’s long term care residents on a monthly basis.

Bedside Harpist was established in 2002 by Edie Elkan as Bedside Harp, and is now a featured service for Pennsylvania and New Jersey hospital and healthcare facilities. The harpists are very experienced and play for Bergen Regional residents at their bedside or in the long term care dayrooms. The beautiful music has already proven to be serene and relaxing for our residents.  The wonderful harp music radiating throughout each unit seems to provide a healing power and soothing experience for residents and staff alike. 

The harpists have shared some of the insights to the positive effects of the music. One harpist noted a resident sitting in a wheelchair looking on with apparent curiosity. The harpist went near to play and he nodded when asked if he would enjoy some music. When the harpist played, he broke out into a big smile and enjoyed some familiar tunes. When the session ended, with a big smile and a soft whisper, he thanked the harpist.

Another resident was in bed and smiled when approached by the harpist. The harpist played several recognizable tunes for her, which brought a warm smile and thank you from her when the session ended.  As the harpist left her room, the resident began to sing some of the songs she had just heard.

The power music and its positive impact on the Bergen Regional long term care residents is difficult to measure, but the experiences shared by the harpists from Bedside Harpist have been positive and rewarding. Thank you to The Foundation at Bergen Regional for sponsoring this uplifting new service.

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OSHA Withdraws Workplace Violence Citation

OSHA Withdraws Workplace Violence Citation against Bergen Regional Medical Center in Settlement Agreement

Friday, June 2, 2017. (Paramus, NJ) In a recent settlement resolving a 2015 OSHA enforcement action issued to Bergen Regional Medical Center, OSHA has withdrawn the only alleged citation regarding The Medical Center’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program (WVPP).  As the complete picture of The Medical Center’s WVPP became clear through the citation contest process, it was determined OSHA’s original allegation was misplaced, and OSHA vacated the citation.  The agreement with OSHA memorialized the specific elements of The Medical Center’s WVPP that the government became aware and ‘does not dispute’ were already in place and effective, and which The Medical Center committed to maintain.

The agreement does not require The Medical Center to develop or implement new elements to its WVPP, but rather, continue to take the steps already a part of its existing, compliant WVPP.  There is no penalty associated with the alleged violation related to workplace violence, as that violation was completely vacated by OSHA.  The $14,000 penalty included in the settlement agreement relates to a separate technical paperwork violation regarding the manner in which two injuries were recorded on the Hospital’s OSHA 300 Log.

The Medical Center has demonstrated through multiple audits and inspections by federal and state regulators that its WVPP is robust, effective, and compliant.  OSHA’s decision to withdraw this citation further validates The Medical Center’s effective WVPP.

BRMC Celebrates Earth Day

Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Ilona Robinson, Bill Wright and Kris Mullins celebrates Earth Day with a special remembrance of BRMC Volunteer Michael Augustowicz who, working with the long term care therapeutic recreation department, created the first Earth Day celebration at Bergen in 2004. 

BRMC Stigma-Free Flag Raising

Bergen Regional Medical Center First Hospital in Bergen County to be Declared Stigma-Free

Bergen Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Bergen County to be declared Stigma-Free.

Pictured at the flag raising celebration are: Special Assistant to the Bergen County Director June Montag; Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco; Bergen Regional Vice President Donnalee Corrieri; Bergen Regional President, COO and Administrator Susan Mendelowitz; Bergen Regional Foundation Chairman and Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove; Bergen Regional Community Relations Director RoseMary Klie; Community Outreach Liaison for Congressman Josh Gottheimer Patches Magarro.

Foundation at BRMC's 25th Anniversary Leadership Awards

The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center’s 25th Anniversary Dinner

The Administration and Board of Directors at BRMC LP recently celebrated the Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center’s 25th Anniversary at a Dinner and Awards event. Foundation Chairman and Fairlawn Mayor John Cosgrove received the Medical Center’s Leadership Award, Don Landzettel received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Eastwick received the Philanthropy Award.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Medical Center dedicated to enhancing the lives of the patients, long term care residents and community served by the Bergen Regional Medical Center.