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Foundation Funds Free Diabetes Care In Hackensack

Additional funding will help the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative to continue its diabetes care and prevention.
Additional funding will help the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative to continue its diabetes care and prevention. Photo Credit: Victor Flickr

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Russell Berrie Foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, to support BVMI's Diabetes Patient Care and Education program.

"We are so grateful to the Russell Berrie Foundation," said BVMI CEO Amanda Missey. "Since 2009, they have invested more than $150,000 in our Diabetes Care and Education Program.

"We are particularly proud of our efforts with patients who have pre-diabetes. Thanks to the Berrie Foundation, and the outstanding care provided by our diabetes team, we're able to prevent those patients from becoming diabetic. Almost 20 percent of pre-diabetic patients -- and 50 percent of diabetic patients -- showed significant improvement, again exceeding national benchmarks," added Missey.

"That's what you can achieve when generous donors step up to help."

BVMI provides free primary and preventive healthcare to Bergen County adults who work but cannot afford insurance. With the help and expertise of 55 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dieticians and others, BVMI treated nearly 1,000 patients in 6,000 medical visits during 2015.

"The Russell Berrie Foundation is proud to support BVMI for taking leadership in diabetes care and education for the uninsured population of Bergen County," said Program Director Naomi Shank. "We are pleased with the impact this important program has made in our community and applaud BVMI for delivering quality holistic healthcare services to those who have been traditionally underserved."

BVMI does not receive payment from patients, reimbursement from insurance companies or support from the government. The organization relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations. BVMI Healthcare Center, a state-licensed ambulatory care facility, is located at 241 Moore St., in Hackensack. For more information, visit its website.

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