OHI Wins 2012 New Good Neighbor Award

Posted on June 22, 2012 By

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and New Jersey Business (NJBiz) magazine recently named OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives) the recipient of the New Good Neighbor Award* at an annual awards luncheon, Pines Manor, Edison.

New Good Neighbor Award recognizes the best and most exciting commercial and industrial development projects, including new and renovated facilities, in the State of New Jersey.

Winners are chosen based on economic benefit, job creation, architectural merit, and Community involvement. Jennifer Corey, marketing coordinator for OHI, accepted the award on OHI’s behalf, with the architectural firm Sapphire + Albarran and the construction company Riverdrive Construction, who designed and renovated the Lakewood facility, on hand for the ceremony.

Senator Robert W. Singer nominated OHI for New Good Neighbor Award because of the positive impact the $4.7 million renovation and expansion has for Ocean County’s underserved population. The renovation of  OHI’s Lakewood site, 101 Second Street, added two stories, which included  20 exams rooms, an administrative area, and a new state-of-the art 8,000 square-foot OB/GYN and Pediatric wing resulting in an additional 16,000 square feet to the existing site.

Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of OHI, said, “The Lakewood site renovations not only added space for its growing patient base, it allowed OHI to broaden our service hours, increase our ability to see more patients annually, and add to existing primary care services.”

The renovations were made possible with a portion of the $4.7 million Facility Investment Program (FIP), offered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

OHI was chosen as one of 10 winners out of 40 state-wide nominations. Other recipients included Campbell Employee Center; Chem Fleur Inc. (Firmenich); Glopak Corporation; Marina Thermal Facility Combined Heat and Power Plant; ProCure Proton Therapy Center; Saker ShopRite of Somerville; SHI International Corp. World Headquarters; Stafford Park;  and Zydus Pharmaceuticals Inc., American Headquarters.

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides comprehensive preventative and primary health and dental care to the uninsured and underinsured populations in Ocean County, N.J.  OHI increases access to care for these populations by using an affordable, sliding scale fee, and by serving patients regardless of their ability to pay.

For further information, contact Jennifer Corey, marketing coordinator, at 732-719-9026.

* The award is open to all New Jersey based companies and can only be nominated by a federal, state, local government or chamber, and/or economic development representatives.  OHI was nominated by Senator Robert Singer.

About Ocean Health Initiatives

OHI, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; and 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; and 333 Haywood Road Manahawkin, provides comprehensive preventative and primary care, including pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, WIC, universal immunizations, and dental health to the area’s uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented residents on a sliding-fee scale, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay.

OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call a representative in the Call Center at either 732-552-0377, Toms River, or 732-363-6655, Lakewood.  Visit www.ohinj.org. for further information.