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Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: Powered by passionate volunteers, BVMI meets the medical needs of low-income, working, uninsured adults in Bergen County by providing free, comprehensive, patient-centered primary care. Working with community partners, BVMI promotes the health and well-being of Bergen County, reduces the use of hospital emergency services, and expands access to healthcare through volunteerism. We believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. We treat patients and one another with dignity, respect and compassion, and we strive to meet the highest standards of medical practice.

Results: BVMI helps to stabilize chronic conditions, reduce infectious disease and decrease emergency room visits by providing early intervention and consistent care. The availability of a nurse practitioner allows patients to schedule sick visits or consult by phone rather than going to the emergency room. In 2019, BVMI provided care to 1,526 patients in 9,200 patient visits. Seventy-five clinical volunteers and another 75 lay volunteers donated 15,067 hours of professional services valued at $707,130.

Target demographics: low-income, working adults who do not have health insurance

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 patients in more than 9,200 patient visits

Geographic areas served: Bergen County, NJ

Programs: BVMI provides free primary healthcare by utilizing volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dietitians and others.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be able to endorse such great mission. BVMI is successfully helping our community by providing medical services and education to their patients regardless the ability to pay for. This contribution means lot to our community. Healthy community equals to happy and strong community. BVMI is worthy of our support and personal involvement. Keep going BVMI.

JV

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a twice a week records scanner, I am extremely impressed by the genuine caring attitude of the front desk staff, the volunteer nurses, the phlebotomists and the administration. They go out of their way to make the patients feel welcome and in a friendly, concerned environment. They go the extra mile to make follow-up appointments, specialist appointments, and diagnostic hospital procedures to fit the time and work schedules of the patients. The looks of sincere appreciation on faces of the people after their appointments makes me feel proud to be a small part of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at BVMI since January 2012 when I retired from my own practice. It's been a great experience to work with a highly intelligent staff of nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors and dedicated support staff. The patients are all working but don't get insurance thru their jobs and can't afford it on their own. They are universally compliant and most appreciative of the care they receive. It is well run, serves a real need and is certainly one of the best non-profit organizations I've been associated with. (Barry B. Galton, MD)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Imagine a medical clinic, where a heartfelt group of volunteer doctors, nurses, technicians, administrative professionals and business leaders come together to offer free healthcare and critically important advice to their working neighbors in Bergen County who can not afford medical insurance. Meet the extraordinary people who I have come to know, respect and have the honor and privilege to work with at BVMI.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer registered dietitian at BVMI, I can’t praise this organization enough. It is my role to provide nutritional counseling to clients. Many of them are among the millions of people with obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes – conditions which, left untreated, would have devastating affects on the their future health as well as costing this country exorbitant amounts of money. I am part of a dedicated team that provides more counseling to these clients than they would get at a private doctor's office. We are helping a segment of the public who might be going without adequate medical care if they could not come to BVMI. By initiating nutrition care with this population early, we can help prevent future problems.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The need was so great and the idea of BVMI, a free medical center here in Bergen County was so compelling, that we had no difficulty getting community, hospital and health care professional support. In the six years that we have been open we have treated thousands of people and treated many undiagnosed conditions, resulting in decreased use of emergency rooms, improved public health, and many happy and grateful families. The atmosphere in the medical center is happy because the volunteer nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians, WANT to be there, and in so doing, their lives have never been the same.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As healthcare cost and insurance premium are skyrocketing, BVMI is a "Place of Hope" for the poor working-class people in the Bergen County, who are struggling to make ends meet. Value-based care and quality support freely delivered by a group of healthcare professionals at BVMI cannot be explained in words. You should experience the dedication and commitment of this organization to know its greatness!
My best wishes and prayers for the great mission of BVMI.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at BVMI has always been invaluable experience for me. Seeing the appreciation for your work in our patients' eyes make you feel rewarded. It is excellent medical facility for medically indigent people of Bergen County. I have heard so many patients saying that they feel very lucky to have BVMI providing them excellent medical care free of charge. I feel part of the BVMI family and will stay so for my whole life serving my community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

BVMI has a wonderful mission in providing health care for those who are often overlooked--the working class who fall between the cracks. The organization has attracted devoted volunteer nurses, physicians, and other professionals to provide high quality care at a fraction of the cost of traditional care. Only 6 years in operation, BVMI has established itself as a very effective and professional organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVMI offers a comprehensive medical home for it's patients. Services are offered in a dignified, caring, friendly and nonthreatening manner.

The staff work to encourage recipients to become partners in their wellness outcomes.

It is a great place to work as volunteer nurse since all staff and volunteers are very supportive!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) in 2009. I was asked to be a volunteer women's health nurse practitioner for a population of vulnerable patients who were uninsured and were without health care for many years, in most cases. After almost 6 years of practice at BVMI, I must say it has been a most rewarding experience, not only taking care of patients, but also, working with the dedicated staff consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, certified diabetic educators, nutritionists, competent office and administrative staff and beyond. In this "Culture of Caring", patients are treated with the utmost respect and caring beyond the scheduled office visit. Consistent follow-up with patients has been instrumental in patient compliance with their treatment plan as well as a strong focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Patient satisfaction is high and provider satisfaction is high. We have grown over the past 6 years and continue to strive for excellence in health care including the development of ongoing health care programs and research. Dr. Kathleen Fagan

1 Randi P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity provides free medical care for working poor in Bergen County, New Jersey. Although I have no medical background, I have been able to volunteer my time as a scanner, so that the office is a paperless one. In addition, due to my proficiency with the computer, I have been given the role of training all new staff in the Electronic Medical Records. This gives me the opportunity to get to meet all new staff. They range from people helping to scribe while they await a residency placement, to people with active professional careers looking to add some volunteer service, to retirees that may not be ready to stop practicing medicine. All patients are treated with courtesy and dignity. It is particularly rewarding for me to know that I am helping others within my own community. The atmosphere is a happy one, because everyone is there because they want to be, not because they have to be. I truly look forward to going in every week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer/employee with BVMI since 2012. BVMI is a primary health care office which is modeled on the Volunteers in Medicine concept--primary health care is offered to patients who do not have health insurance by physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses who are not paid for their services. A small paid staff keeps the office running on a daily basis and raises private monies, as BVMI does not receive one single cent from the local, state or federal government. Patients are welcomed with open arms and cared for as lovingly as one would care for a family member. The entire office staff and volunteers suffuse BVMI with love and caring for those neighbors who have fallen between the cracks, in terms of their inability to access primary healthcare services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

THis is an amazing organization providing health care to participants who have a job but without insurance benefits. The staff is knowledgeable and goes well beyond to make sure patients get excellent medical care. Staff is concerned with every medical and sometimes socioeconomic issue the patients have.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVMI provides outstanding healthcare by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. It does so with cultural sensitivity and individualized attention to its diverse roster of patients.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered here for a couple years as a RN. Staff and volunteers are extremely helpful, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Patients love their experience with BVMI. Almost wish I could be seen by the providers there!

1 Sacha2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does great work. I was very impressed at an event i recently volutneered for. I was glad to help out such a good cause. It was well organized and I look forward in helping out in the future.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I am constantly impressed by how much this organization does for the population it serves. There are extensive services provided by a kind and compassionate staff who consistently go above and beyond to ensure that patients at the center are provided with the high quality of care that they deserve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at BVMI and can attest to how powerfully they leverage their donations, both in-kind and monetary, and I can vouch for the serious dedication of both their paid and volunteer staff. This place runs like a machine, has the best executive director in Bergen County in Amanda Missey, and provides excellent free health care to the working poor. I have observed many non profits during my years as a volunteer, and not one organization that I have worked with can come close to the dedication and professionalism of this clinic. Support them, your dollars will go far!