Township of Washington, N.J. (July 13, 2016) – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation recently awarded $15,000 to the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, a non-profit organization located in Hackensack, NJ. Its current mission is to provide free primary care, and where possible, referrals to free specialty care for working, low-income Bergen County residents who have no health insurance.
The grant will benefit general operating funds at BVMI, which seeks improve the health and well-being of people in Bergen County by promoting that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. BVMI works to address the unique needs of patients through the Diabetes Care and Education Program, the Women’s Health Initiative and other chronic disease management programs.
“We are proud to support BVMI and its mission to offer the highest standards of medical practice to all members of our community,” said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. “It is important to provide healthcare to all our member especially those who are not as fortunate as others,” he continued.
“We are so grateful for the support from OritaniCharitable Foundation over the past six years,” said Amanda Missey, President and CEO of Bergen Volunteer Bergen Volunteer Initiative. “BVMI would not be able to provide quality services to our community without the ongoing support from our sponsors.”
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age. This policy of non-discrimination applies to hiring of personnel, election of board member, provision of services to patients, contracting for purchasing services and all other activities of BVMI.
About Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative:
Founded in 2009, The Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Inc., is a volunteer non-profit organization providing free primary and preventive medical care to low-income working people in Bergen County without insurance or the means to pay for care. BVMI is the only state licensed ambulatory care facility in the county that offers free healthcare for individuals whose income is 100 to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty guidelines and are not eligible for government funded health insurance. Through early intervention and consistent treatment of patients, BVMI has been able to stabilize chronic conditions, help to decrease infectious disease, and reduce the use of emergency rooms in Bergen County hospitals. To date BVMI has over 50 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dieticians, and others have treated over 850 patients with nearly 5,000 medical visits.
For more information visit: www.bvmi.org.
About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:
Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $5 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.
About Oritani Bank:
Oritani Bank is a 105-year-old community bank with more than $3.5 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. The Bank has 26 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Essex Counties. Oritani Bank is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit its website, www.oritani.com
Photographed from left to right: Amanda Missey, President and CEO of Bergen Volunteer Initiative and Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank.