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Presentation: 108:7


  • Overview of services offered
  • Increased need for services
  • Solutions and adaptations of services due to COVID-19

Michael Litterer, CHES, CPS, FHELA

Michael Litterer is the Director of Prevention and Recovery at the RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR). A Fellow of the NJ Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy (FHELA), a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), he holds a degree in Public Health from William Patterson University and has over 19 years of experience in the field of community health with a special focus on substance use prevention and recovery.

Michael is also the Project Lead for the system wide implementation of the NowPow Platform which provides the tools necessary to assess and address SDoH across all area of the RWJBH System. Michael is a proud member of the multidisciplinary RWJBH Corporate Tackling Addiction Task Force (TATF), which is aimed at holistically addressing the chronic disease of addiction. The Task Force works to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder and increase the system’s capacity to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.

Kathryn Richardson, MPA

Katie Richardson is the administrator for New Jersey’s largest licensed nursing home located at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. She has more than 20 years of experience in long term care.

Katie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Health Services Administration from Kean University and is a licensed nursing home administrator and a certified dementia practitioner. She is a member and past national board member of the American College of Healthcare Administrators and a member of the Society of Licensed Nursing Home Administrators. Katie has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Kean University where she taught classes specific to Long Term Care.

Deborah Visconi

Deborah Visconi, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey’s largest hospital, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, is a thought leader in healthcare with more than 30 years of experience.

Her tenacity expanded the Medical Center’s payor mix resulting in first-time contracts with managed care companies allowing access to health care for all Bergen County residents regardless of insurance. Bergen New Bridge became a preferred provider in the Veterans Choice Program with her support. Her leadership has expanded programs, services, and enhanced provider relations yielding improvement in quality, safety, and the patient/ resident experience. Her pioneering technology initiatives led Bergen New Bridge to be the first hospital in the state to connect to the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN).

Moderated by:

Sandy Cayo, DNP, FNP-BC

Dr. Cayo provides leadership for the Health Research Education Trust of NJ which has initiatives related to perinatal quality, hospital quality improvement, opioid prevention, HIV prevention, and implicit bias training. Sandy’s research interests focus on social determinants of health and improving access and overall health outcomes for African American patients. She serves as a mentor and advisor for various student groups, including Student Nurses for Advocacy & Policy, Black Student Nurses Association, and Nursing Students for Global Health.

Sandy travels once a year to both Ghana and Haiti on medical missions. She currently serves as the director of education for HEAL (Health Education Action League) Haiti. Her project includes the implementation of a pre-licensure nurse residency program to help bridge the current knowledge and practice gap for nurses in St. Marc, Haiti.


This session will review the experience for members from the New Jersey Hospital Association on both behavioral health and post-acute areas. We will discuss lessons learned and best practice on managing challenges throughout COVID-19.