Letter from Arthur R. De Simone, MD, BVMI Medical Director
FROM:Arthur R. De Simone, MD
BVMI Medical Director
RE:The Volunteer Opportunity of a Lifetime
There are many proposed solutions to our health care problems in the U.S. One of them has been demonstrated to work for the past six years here at Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative.
Twelve physicians, eight nurse practitioners and 21 nurses volunteer their time and talent to provide free medical care to our Bergen County neighbors who cannot afford health insurance and are ineligible for government assistance.
Last year, our team of healthcare practitioners saw almost 1,000 patients in 6,000 patient visits. 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.
Our volunteers work, on average, four hour shifts every other week and have schedules which provide flexibility for work, play, vacation or travel. Our semi-retired or retired volunteers find that BVMI affords them the opportunity to practice patient-centered medicine and to keep their skills sharp and their medical knowledge current. Medical malpractice coverage is provided to every practitioner through the federal government.
Above all, our volunteers have found that BVMI is a happy place where “every good deed gets rewarded.” I invite you to consider volunteering your medical talents to BVMI and to make a difference, one patient at a time.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss how you can become a part of BVMI. I may be reached at 201-342-2478 or at email@example.com.