Beach Haven — Coastal Volunteers in Medicine is hosting an evening at the Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club in Beach Haven with Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
“We hope you can join us for an evening of fun, good music and great camaraderie,” invited Larry Picarello, board chairman of CVIM.
Coastal Volunteers in Medicine is a free primary-care health clinic serving the uninsured, medically underserved population in Southern Ocean County funded by cash donations from individuals and local businesses, grants and fundraisers. All of the clinicians are volunteers who donate their time and skills to those in need, said Picarello.
“Access to affordable health care is a major issue for so many people,” added Barbara Truncellito, media public relations for CVIM. “Our patients fall into a doughnut hole. They earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but don’t earn enough for the Affordable Care program. These people are our friends and neighbors. Our nurse practitioners are exemplary in knowledge and nurturing in care.”
The Coastal Volunteers in Medicine clinic is now located at 730 Lacey Rd., Suite G-06, Forked River, phone 201-704-7422.
The website coastalvim.org contains more information. Patient stories are one inspiring section of the website, found under the subheading “Our Impact.” They include testimonials like the two below:
“Paul lives in Beach Haven West with his wife Maria. A few years ago, he got hurt at his job, couldn’t work, and therefore couldn’t afford health insurance. When he heard of CVIM, he felt ashamed to reach out. He was ashamed he couldn’t afford health care. But the professional care, he received helped him to overcome his fears. More, the personal care and follow up helped him to rise above any inhibitions and move on with his life.
“Today, Paul is working and pays for his own health care. He is grateful to Coastal for helping him out during a most stressful time. He says, “I’ll tell everyone and anyone about the great care and attention I received.”
“Bob credits the CVIM with saving his life. His symptoms were diagnosed correctly and through the influence of the nursing staff, Bob was able to get two stents put in at Deborah Heart and Lung Center. The doctors were amazed he didn’t have a heart attack. He’s recovering and back to work.
“Bob and his wife live in Forked River. They both work. They do not have enough disposable income to afford health care. He says, “I believe I’m sitting here speaking with you because of the intervention and professionalism of the staff. I have some friends who cannot afford insurance. One of them recently died because of lack of primary care.”
Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include one drink. Food and additional drinks can be purchased separately at the Tiki Bar and Restaurant onsite at the oceanfront establishment, located at 10 South Atlantic Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at the web address coastalvim.org/fundraisers.
The venue is made possible thanks to the generosity of the owners of the Sea Shell. Last year CVIM was the recipient of a donation of $27,000 from the Sea Shell’s Striped Bass Fishing Derby.
— Maria Scandale