Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SCOOP SHOUT OUT: The volunteer doctors providing free primary and preventative care to those in need

More than 65 volunteers will be honored by Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) at its annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on Tuesday, April 8, 6 pm. TD Bank is hosting the Volunteer Reception and it will take place at TD Bank, 23-40 Maple Ave, Fair Lawn, NJ. The volunteers consist of talented doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and lay people.

Dr. Sal Baldino and Dr. Noel Friedland are two of the 65 volunteers who will be honored at BVMI's Volunteer Recognition Reception.  They volunteer on a regular basis at BVMI's Healthcare Center. 

BVMI’s Volunteer Recognition Reception is part of National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, which is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. “We couldn’t open our doors without our volunteers,” remarked Dr. Arthur R. DeSimone, BVMI’s Medical Director. “It is awe-inspiring the number of good people who are willing to put in the time and energy to help our patients with absolutely no expectation of reward.”

The mission of BVMI, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to provide free primary and preventive medical care and, where possible, referrals to specialty care for working, low-income Bergen County residents who have no health insurance. Patients are seen by volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners and registered nurses.

BVMI is completely dependent on contributed income from individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations. BVMI Healthcare Center, a state-licensed ambulatory care facility, is located at 241 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ; 201.342.2478, www.bvmi.org.