- BVMI provides free primary and preventive medical care to low-income working Bergen County residents who do not have medical insurance or the means to pay for care. Individuals/families may earn up to 300% of the federal poverty level.
- Bergen County is one of the ten most prosperous counties in the nation with a per capita income of $43,234 and median household income of $84,255. Despite this wealth, 6.6% of the County’s residents live below the federal poverty level. According to the U.S. Census Bureau In 2012, 13.3% of Bergen County residents who are working have no health insurance.
- BVMI is a licensed, ambulatory healthcare located in Hackensack, NJ. Patients are seen by appointment five days a week. BVMI provides 6,000 medical visits for 1,000 patients annually.
- A team of 65 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals provide medical care for BVMI’s patients. More than 300 specialists in private practice in the county have agreed to see patients at no charge.
- All five Bergen County hospitals provide x-rays and advanced diagnostic procedures for our patients. BD provides donated medical products, and Quest Diagnostics provides comprehensive laboratory services.
- Through early intervention and consistent treatment of patients, BVMI has been able to stabilize chronic conditions, help reduce infectious disease and decrease Emergency Room visits.
- BVMI has established the Diabetes Patient Care and Education Program, as well as the Women’s Health Initiative, and has focused on improving healthcare literacy and expanding access to healthcare for underserved communities. This was accomplished through the generosity of many corporate and foundation donors including the Aetna Foundation, Russell Berrie Foundation, Chartis Foundation, CVS Health Foundation, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Merck Company Foundation, OritaniBank Foundation, Provident Bank Foundation, TD Bank and the Agnes Varis Foundation.
- BVMI does not receive any government funding, is not reimbursed by insurance companies and does not charge patients for services provided. BVMI relies entirely on contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.