Without our Partners, We Would Have to Close Our Doors

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative changes lives and save lives, and we couldn’t do it without help from our partners in the community. On September 21, we had the opportunity to recognize six of them at BVMI’s 7th Anniversary Gala.

Quest Diagnostics was presented with the Corporate Leadership Award, and the radiology departments at all five Bergen County hospitals were presented with the Community Leadership Award. Since 2009, Quest Diagnostics has provided free lab work for all BVMI patients. Geoff Monk, VP for the East Region at Quest, believes that the relationship between BVMI and Quest is “like two strands of DNA; it couldn’t be tighter. Quest’s mission is to empower better health through diagnostic insights. Our number one goal is to create a healthier world. Together, we’ll make this local community a healthier community.”

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Department of Radiology, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s Department of Radiology, Hackensack University Medical Center’s Department of Radiology, Holy Name Medical Center’s Department of Radiology and The Valley Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Center and Radiology Associates of Ridgewood. Dr. Arthur De Simone, BVMI’s medical director, noted that in the past three years, the hospitals provided nearly 3,000 diagnostic tests to BVMI patients. “For this, we are very grateful to them.” The radiology departments have conducted a wide range of tests for hundreds of BVMI patients such as mammograms, CAT scans, MRIs, and X-rays.