Category Archives: OHI News

Save the Date for OHI’s Annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser and Casino Night!

Save the Date!

On Friday, February 9th from 7:00-11:00 PM, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) is hosting its annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser in honor of the organizations 15th year anniversary. This diamond studded event, set at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, NJ 07727, will celebrate the 15 years that OHI has been in operation, serving the underserved populations of Monmouth and Ocean County. The event will be complete with casino night, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards ultimately improving the quality of life in the community with enhanced medical care services to children, adults, and seniors; regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

OHI has been providing comprehensive primary and preventative care services to New Jersey’s uninsured and underinsured populations for the past 15 years. The increasing number of Monmouth and Ocean County families needing access to health care has resulted in OHI’s growth from one community health center in Lakewood to health centers in Brick, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Manchester, and Toms River. OHI also operates two school-based centers in Lakewood, one at the Clifton Avenue Grade School and another at Lakewood High School, and onsite pharmacies in Lakewood, Manchester and Little Egg Harbor; as well as a Mobile Medical Unit.

Sponsorships, donations, journal ads, and premium ticket packages are also available and are 100 percent tax deductible, excluding the cost of the dinner. Download the 2018 Tickets and Sponsorship packet at
For further information, tickets or sponsorships, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at office number: (732) 719-9026. The deadline for ad journal proofs is Wednesday, January 24th, 2018. Send ad files to


OHI Announces 10 Week Type 2 Diabetes Management Program, Well & Kind!

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally-qualified health center, will be hosting Well & Kind, a holistic diabetes self-management program designed to help people with type 2 diabetes improve their health by looking at the whole person: body, mind and emotions.

The free program consists of ten, weekly one-hour sessions that offer education on how to better understand your condition and how to improve your health. The program is designed to answer all questions and concerns over the ten-week period. Additional topics that will be discussed during the duration of this program includes lifestyle changes, healthy eating and nutrition counseling, lowering risk of complications and medication management.

This unique program is currently enrolling for interested individuals and will begin on Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The course will be held every Friday during the duration of the ten weeks at the OHI Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, on the third floor. Training materials will be available at no cost and a healthy snack will be provided at each session. The start of the course coincides with National Diabetes Month which is recognized in November and brings awareness to diabetes risk factors and prevention techniques.

Completing all ten sessions will reward participants with a gift card and Certificate of Completion signed by OHI President and CEO Theresa Berger, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, and co-facilitators Robert Hildebrandt, RDN and Israel Arroyo. For more information on the OHI Well & Kind program, or to enroll, please call Israel Arroyo at (732) 363-6655 Ex. 8983.

OHI’s Outreach and Enrollment Team is Scheduling Appointments to Assist with Open Enrollment

Open enrollment dates have been released to apply for health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI), a federally qualified health center with locations throughout Ocean County, is now scheduling appointments with its Outreach and Enrollment Team to assist in the sign-up process. Enrollment for the 2018 period begins on November 1st, 2017 and runs through December 15th, 2017.
Bilingual certified application counselors are available by appointment only to answer questions, explain changes and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Appointments can be scheduled for any OHI Health Center.

To sign up for health insurance at the time of an appointment, enrollees must bring their social security card; proof of income, such as paystubs, W-2 Forms, or other income information; their employer’ information; and their date of birth.
In addition to scheduled appointments, the Outreach and Enrollment team will also be hosting Open Enrollment Education Sessions at the following dates and locations to assist with all ACA questions:

Little Egg Harbor Public Library, Tuesday, November 14th, 10:00 12:00 p.m.
290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08087
(Toms River) Ocean County Library, Tuesday, November 21st, 10:00 12:00 p.m.
101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Brick Branch Library, Wednesday, December 6th, 10:00 1:00 p.m.
301 Chambersbridge Road, Suite 2, Brick, NJ 08723

To schedule an appointment call 732-363-6655. For more information about the Outreach and Enrollment department, call Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate at 848-210-0970. For information about OHI or to make an appointment, call 732-363-6655 or visit




OHI’s Mobile Medical Unit to Conduct Dental Exams and Flu Shots for Head Start Children

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), in partnership with the Head Start development program of O.C.E.A.N., Inc., has announced that the OHI mobile medical unit (MMU) will be visiting several local Head Start program sites to provide dental exams and flu shots, specifically for the children in Head Start, a comprehensive preschool program for children ages three to five. The OHI medical unit includes two fully equipped exam rooms for both medical and dental services.

OHI Dentist Dr. Patricia Gibbons will be conducting the dental exams. Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer of OHI, will be giving the flu shots.

Children who do not have insurance, are self-pay patients, or recipients of Medicare plan A, can receive a flu shot at no cost through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a federally funded program offered at OHI.

The OHI mobile medical unit will visit Head Start Program Sites in

Toms River:   Ocean County College, 1 College Drive Mon.  Oct. 16   8:30 a.m. to   4:00 p.m.

Manchester:     2950 Wilbur Avenue    Tues.  Oct. 17  8:30 a.m. to   11:30 a.m.

Berkeley:         264 First Avenue          Tues.  Oct. 17  1:00 p.m. to    4:00 p.m.

Brick:             503 Adamston Road          Mon.  Oct. 23   8:30 a.m. to    4:00 p.m.

Barnegat:         1 Ocean Avenue        Tues.  Oct. 24   8:30 a.m. to    4:00 p.m.


The comprehensive OHI dental services, offered at its Lakewood, Toms River, and Little Egg Harbor health centers, include general dentistry care, routine checkups, cleanings and screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, extractions, removal of decayed teeth, X-rays, and treatment of gum disease. Flu shots can be administered by appointment at all health centers by calling 732-363-6655.

For questions about the MMU, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570 or Lydia Sledge, health clerk with Head Start at 732-569-3635 Ext. 100. To make an appointment or to confirm dates, times, and locations of the mobile unit, call at 732-363-6655. For information about OHI or to make an appointment, call 732-363-6655 or visit

OHI Is Offering Flu Shots at All of Its Health Centers

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center in Ocean County, is offering flu shots for 2017-18 through appointments at all six of its health centers.  Schedule flu shot appointments by calling 732-363-6655 or at

OHI accepts and will work with most insurances. For adult patients without insurance, the regular flu shot costs $20 dollars and the high dose for seniors costs $30. Through the program Vaccines for Children (VFC), a federally funded program, children without insurance, are self-pay patients, or who are recipients of Medicaid Plan A can receive a flu shot at no cost.

OHI health centers offer preservative free, latex free, and egg-free vaccinations. The flu shot usually takes two weeks to take effect, so getting a flu shot now will protect people when the flu reaches the height of its season and help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer of OHI, reminds everyone that influenza is a serious disease that can affect everyone at any age and can lead to major health issues, such as hospitalizations and even death.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends everyone six months or older  get a flu shot before the end of November. Additionally, everyone should consider getting the flu vaccine, especially the elderly, and those with chronic lung or heart disease.

For questions about the flu shot program, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570.

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OHI Schedules Events to Recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives) a federally qualified health center, will be hosting events from Monday, September 25 to Wednesday, September 27 to recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

OHI will be providing nutritional information, healthy eating tips, and information about how to prevent childhood obesity. Attendees will receive a healthy snack. Robert Hildebrandt, OHI’s registered dietician, will be present to answer questions.

Events will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25 at Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street; Tuesday, September 26 at Brick Health Center, 1608 Route 88, Suite 207; and Wednesday, September 27 at Little Egg Harbor, 798 Route 539. Building 3.

For more information contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570 or visit

OHI National Childhood Obesity Awareness Events

The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

Theresa Berger - President and CEO of OHI

Theresa Berger – President and CEO of OHI

Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are facing a severe loss in funding. On September 30th, the Community Health Centers Fund, which accounts for 70% of Federal Funding for our programs and services, will expire. This potential loss could greatly impact their ability to deliver critical services to the patient populations of not only New Jersey, but the nation.

As Board Chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which represents all 23 Health Centers throughout the state of New Jersey, and President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), an FQHC with nine locations in New Jersey, I am gravely concerned for the future of our health care institutions. We are looking for support to help educate congress about this dire situation, assuring that Health Centers can overcome this potentially catastrophic funding loss and remain safety net providers for underinsured and uninsured Americans. We are all part of a mighty voice that can be generated with the aid of patients and supporters, pushing forward our message urging Congress and our leaders to fix this funding cliff before it is too late.

Currently, FQHC’s service over 27 million Americans. In addition, FQHCs help to lower health care costs, create new job opportunities and help to reduce the need for hospital visits. Through this necessary funding, Health Centers are able to provide primary and preventative care services to the uninsured and underinsured populations of America. Without funding, FQHC’s would not be able to administer vaccinations, provide dental care, or offer family care services from infancy through our patient’s senior years.

For FQHCs to remain operational and continue to grow, Congress must extend the Health Center Fund and more and keep current funding levels where they are; if not raise them. If this funding cliff is not addressed, Health Centers across the country are looking at their programs being reduced by potentially 70%. This would be a devastating hit to the communities that FQHCs serve and could dramatically impact the health of the large patient populations that benefit from Health Center services. This could include the closing of nearly 2,800 Health Center Locations and a loss of more than 50,000 jobs, leaving nearly 9 million patients without the access to the care they desperately need and are currently receiving for their primary care needs.

We implore our leaders to take this message into consideration and provide a solution for this funding cliff. The health of many vulnerable patient communities depends on it.

– Theresa Berger, President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI)

Funding Cliff Picture

OHI Opens Its Sixth Ocean County Health Center in Brick

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), opened its sixth site in Ocean County at 1608 Route 88, Suite 207 in Brick, N.J., and is accepting new patients. The Brick Health Center, formerly run by Ocean Medical Center, has six exam rooms. OHI’s medical services include internal medicine, family medicine, and a range of pediatric services. Women’s Health services are being planned for the future.
Brick Health Center, now owned and operated by OHI, is working in partnership with Ocean Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health to include all current and new patients referred by Ocean Medical Center, in addition to accepting all new patients.
All patients of the Brick Health Center also have access to many other services OHI offers at its five other health center locations throughout Ocean County. OHI’s services include dental, podiatry, behavioral health, social services, and on-site pharmacies. Patients also have access to LabCorp services at all OHI health centers and the award-winning Patient Portal that allows patients access to their medical records online.
Dr. Jay V. Wortzel and his Clinical Team are currently seeing patients at the Brick Health Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to seasonal changes.
Dr. Theresa Berger, president and CEO of OHI, said, “OHI is proud to be able to reach out to more residents of Ocean County by opening our sixth facility. Our Brick location demonstrates the demand for more accessibility to care within the community, and we are honored to be able to deliver these needed services.”
For more information about OHI’s Brick Health Center, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026.