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Paying Attention Pays Off

Chest pain is a frightening experience for anyone. When you’ve previously had a heart attack and a stent implant, medical bills can begin piling up – and so can your stress levels. “Jong-Soo” came to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) with his pain – and with...

Four VIM Clinics Chosen for Telehealth Pilot

Recognizing that Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinics serve patients with complex needs and many clinics do not have the resources to provide specialty care on site, the VIM national office is working with Becton, Dickenson and Company (BD), athenahealth and The MAVEN...

No Patient Turned Away

Chelsea Collins, the social care coordinator at Volunteers in Medicine in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, met with a new patient “Elizabeth” who desperately needed cataract surgery along with treatment for other major health issues. During the patient eligibility...

AAFP Foundation’s Family Medicine Cares USA grant

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation launched its Family Medicine Cares USA grant program in 2011 to assist in the caring for uninsured individuals.  Grants are awarded for the purchase of tangible items, such as EMRs and medical equipment.  The...

CareMessage Improving Care With Mobile Technology

CareMessage uses mobile technology to improve the delivery of health care for low-income patients.  Free clinics can use CareMessage to reduce no-shows, streamline the appointment process, and to educate patients outside the clinic setting.  The benefits are lower...

Dr. Samuel Cassell, Founder of BVMI

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Dr. Samuel Cassell,  who passed away on January 7.  Dr. Cassell was the founder of the Bergen Volunteers Medical Initiative (BVMI) in Hackensack, New Jersey. A retired sub-specialty in pulmonary medicine, Dr....