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New Bridge Medical Center

230 East Ridgewood Avenue

Paramus, NJ 07652

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Opioids (prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016 in the United States. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that between 2005 and 2014 the national rate of opioid-related inpatient stays increased 64.1 percent and the national rate of opioid-related emergency department (ED) visits increased by 99.4 percent. The prevalence of opioid addiction has risen most recently to the level of a healthcare crisis. The
healthcare community and elected officials are equally involved with leading the search for solutions.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 is major Federal legislation that addresses the opioid epidemic. This legislation provides funding for the prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform and overdoes reversal to fight the opioid issue. Several grants funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid have been awarded to healthcare organizations to develop creative models in addressing the opioid epidemic. Healthcare leaders are playing a more important role in local and state advocacy to address the opioid problem, working closely with clinicians such as physician,and nurse leaders and expanding services to include community resources. Yet, many healthcare leaders are challenged with addressing the specific issues of opioid crisis and creating meaningful strategies within their organization and community.


Dinner will be served


5:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner and networking

6:30pm – 8pm Panel discussion

8pm – 8:15pm Question and answer


Dr. Mary Ditri

Director, Professional Practice

New Jersey Hospital Association


Michael Litterer

Director, Prevention and Recovery

RWJBarnabas Health

Dr. Adelaide Viguri

Medical Director, Emergency Medicine Pain Management

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Hospital

Deborah D. Visconi

President and Chief Executive Officer

New Bridge Medical Center

Dr. Matthew J. Warner

Chair, Emergency Department

Inspira Health Network


As an independent chartered Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the ACHE – NJ is authorized to award 1.5 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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