Tuesday, September 17, 2013

$25,000 Grant Enables BVMI to Expand Diabetes Education and Patient Care Program

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative received a $25,000 grant award from The Russell Berrie Foundation to expand its Diabetes Education and Patient Care program to reach many more patients at risk for developing diabetes and enable them to receive education and treatment to promote diabetes prevention.   In addition to the patients with diabetes currently being treated, this grant will allow BVMI to add additional staff and educational programming to focus on the healthcare needs of more than 340 pre-diabetic patients.

"Funding from this grant will permit us to expand our diabetes education services to a significant segment of our patient population to provide much needed education on proper nutrition and exercise, and to help stabilize other key health indicators," stated Dr. Arthur DeSimone, BVMI's Medical Director.  "Facilitating the prevention of diabetes in pre-diabetic patients is our ultimate goal."  Medical care is currently being provided by volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses, as well as a staff Certified Diabetes Educator nurse and a registered nutritionist.

Since many of the people who seek medical care at BVMI have not received adequate health care in some time, a significant number of those with diabetes and pre-diabetes are first diagnosed by BVMI doctors as part of routine primary care assessments. Through its “culture of caring” and medical home model, BVMI provides comprehensive care and ongoing diabetes education to help people with diabetes and patients at risk lead healthier lives.

BVMI provides free primary and preventive medical care for working, for low-income Bergen County residents who have no health insurance or the means to pay for care.  The state-licensed Center is located at 241 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ.

BVMI is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations and is completely dependent on contributed income from individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations.  For more information, contact BVMI at 201-342-2478 or visit www.bvmi.org.  

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