Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, otherwise known as BVMI, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Founded by the vision of Dr. Sam Cassell and other passionate volunteers, BVMI healthcare center opened its doors in Hackensack in November 2009. More than 50 volunteer doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals were recruited. A network of more than 200 specialists agreed to provide pro bono care for BVMI patients. And every hospital in the County agreed to provide free diagnostic tests for BVMI patients.
Today, BVMI is thriving as it meets the medical needs of low-income, working, uninsured adults in Bergen County by providing free, comprehensive, patient-centered primary healthcare. It has garnered the support of many local businesses and organizations along the way. An early supporter was Neal Strohmeyer, CEO of Triangle Manufacturing who learned of its vision through his gym buddy, Dr. Ken Herman. Neal took home some literature, made a donation, and got involved. Triangle has since helped arrange for and fund the BVMI strategic planning process and Neal sits on the financial committee.
“The Strohmeyer Family is ‘all in’ when it comes to Bergen County,” said Neal. It’s where he and his wife Linda called home growing up – and where his third-generation family business, now led by his son Dax, develops and manufactures medical devices.
According to Neal, BVMI is one of the most transparent nonprofits that he and the Strohmeyer family have ever supported. He enthusiastically suggests that potential donors should come and see the magic that happens there every day. For more information visit BVMI at https://www.bvmi.org/