Julia Orlando will be the first woman to serve as chairperson for the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center board of trustees.
According to the hospital, which announced Orlando’s appointment on Jan. 12, she has been a member of the board since its inception in 2017.
In the 2020-2021 term she served as secretary of the executive committee.
“As a longtime advocate and supporter of Bergen New Bridge and a committed member of the Care Plus Bergen Board, Julia has acquired a comprehensive understanding of the Medical Center’s mission and its vital role in the community,” said Bergen New Bridge Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah Visconi in a prepared statement. “There is no doubt she will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team as we continue to our efforts to diversify, develop, and transform the Medical Center into a destination hospital for the diverse communities we serve.”
Her seat at the head of Bergen New Bridge’s board makes her the only woman serving as a hospital board chair in Bergen County.
Orlando is director of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, a position she has held since 2009. There, Bergen New Bridge said, she led community-wide efforts that saw the county become the first in New Jersey to end veteran homelessness, and the first in the country to reach functional zero for chronic homelessness.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to assume this role as I continue to advocate for an organization that is very near to my heart, particularly since its mission and core values are very much in line with my life’s work,” said Orlando. “I look forward to working closely with President and CEO Deb Visconi and her entire team as we take Bergen New Bridge to the next level of growth and community partnerships.”
The not-for-profit hospital is operated by Care Plus Bergen Inc., an alliance between Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Integrity House and Care Plus NJ Inc.
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